This morning I was eating breakfast and could see that the robin had returned with bits of sticks and weeds in its mouth to begin making a nest.
"Oh no!" I exclaimed. “He can't be serious!”
Unfortunately I think the robin intends on building a nest in my bedroom window. What they don't understand is that the window closes when we are not home or when the weather gets warm enough to turn on the air. Along with this, I will not tolerate the noisy chatter of a robin family just a few feet from my bed where I sleep.
I bet they are busily building their nest right now as I type this. But they will be very disappointed later this afternoon when I carefully move it to another location of the yard upon returning home. Yes, despite how much I love birds, I will have to say, "No", to a nest in my bedroom window.
Speaking of robins; I can see that my new novella, How to Get with Jenny Robin is finding its way into the mainstream catalogs. I was very happy to see it in the Barnes & Noble and Apple catalog. Do download your own copy; it's free!
Victorian nudes: the topic has nothing to do with the introduction, but a very interesting one.
The general consensus in England during the Victorian era viewed sex as revolting, dirty and sinful—something to be deeply ashamed of. In a woman's guide to coping with sex in a marriage (published in England during the Victorian age) the husband who attempted sex with his wife was described as being selfish and perverted. The article sympathized with wives who had to endure these unwelcomed attempts of having sex. Women were urged to carefully hide their naked bodies and never allow their husbands to accidentally discover them. This, after all, would have been perceived by the husband as an invitation for sex. Kisses were to remain simple—definitely no tongues! And any subliminal hints or "half-in-jest" suggestions of sex were to be strictly ignored and avoided by a wife.
Of course sex couldn't be completely avoided. Children needed to be conceived. And there were times in a marriage when a morsel of sexual intimacy needed to be given to a husband to satisfy his overwhelming selfish and perverted needs.And to remedy any disgusting and unwanted skin-to-skin contact, it was suggested to a wife that she wear loose-fitting flannel pajamas for quick and easy access to those parts that are needed during sex. It was explained that loose-fitting pajamas needn't be removed. Simply expose the necessary parts so the husband could do his business, and then immediately roll over to go to sleep.
It's no wonder there is the common belief of sex in England
Sex as revolting and shameful in the Victorian era? Wives who lay on theirbacks with eyes closed while thinking of the English country to take their minds off what a perverted husband might be doing? I think not! With just a bit of research online, we find that sex was alive and well in England during the 1800s. And it wasn't just sex! It was beautiful, naughty sex—the kind that required lovers to retreat in the enclosed attic or cellar during the midnight hours so that the children or even the neighbors wouldn't hear. In these moments, wholesome wives suddenly transformed
What I find interesting is that the majority of nudes found from the Victorian era are of women with dark hair. It’s very difficult to find a blond. Why is that? It’s somewhat of a disturbing mystery for me. But notice how natural looking their bodies were in the photos. I’ve sometimes commented that in modern times we might have lost touch with how the human body is truly supposed to look like. You see, in the Victorian age there were no scientific diets to result in zero fat body type. There was no such thing as breast enhancement, cosmetic surgery or liposuction.
Long stockings that went past the knees were sometimes the only items worn in a photo, possibly to offer the onlooker the pure pleasure of removing them. In fact, it wasn’t uncommon for complete nudity to be contrasted with the use of large jewelry or scant items of clothing. This would send the subconscious message to the onlooker that the posing subject is merely changing out of her clothes and is suddenly discovered. She wouldn’t mind, of course, if her body were seized and enjoyed.
Although I chose photos that are in good taste, don’t take this to mean that photos of pornographic nature weren’t published as well. If you search online, you will be shocked to discover images of men who
Sex: it was dirty, kinky, naughty and thoroughly enjoyed throughout England in the Victorian era—certainly throughout Europe and the United States as well.