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The Victorians ‘were no prudes’

Think about women living in the Victorian era and you might be forgiven for imagining them as prudish and uninterested in sex.

But according to a recently discovered study of their sexual habits, this was not the case. In fact, Victorian ladies enjoyed sex quite a lot.

It was carried out by feminist Dr Clelia Duel Mosher, who asked 45 women to fill in detailed questionnaires about their sex lives between 1892 and 1920.

The results show that most women knew little or nothing about sex before they married, with some claiming they learnt about intercourse by watching farm animals.

But once they made their wedding vows, most enjoyed an active and fulfilling sex life, with 35 of the 45 ladies saying they desired nookie and 34 claiming to have experienced orgasms.

Three-quarters of respondents said they had intercourse with their husband at least once a week.

One woman said of sex: "The highest devotion is based upon it, a very beautiful thing, and I am glad nature gave it to us."

Victorian ladies may even have indulged in a little self-pleasure from time to time.

At a recent auction in Essex, two sex toys dating back more than 200 years were bought for £3,600.

Auctioneers said the wooden phalluses were made in the late 1700s and were probably French.

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