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Tut tut. Have you not been reading your Foucault? As the History of Sexuality (volume one) points out, sex was EVERYWHERE in Victorian Britain, but it was subjugated into 'higher' discourses on child-rearing, and biology, and medicine, and suchlike. You should see some of the Victorian porn. The Japanese ain't got nothin' on them.

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Of course those Victorians sure were randy. They just didn't like talking about it...


Your historical sense is pretty spot on here. Previous generations were simply more accustomed to death, so it wasn't such a big deal. However, I think you can read too much into the euphemisms used for people dying; there's nothing really new about that (e.g. "passed away", "gone to a better place" etc have been around for ages).

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Shucks, Shuggy, I think you have a point. Of course, euphemisms have been around for a long time - this one just suited my argument..


I wonder about the stereotyping of the Victorians. Take those two well-known expressions the Stiff Upper Lip and Keeping Up with the Joneses. Victorian they may be, but they are specifically American in origin.

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