How to Pick a Lover

One can find women who have never had a love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.
—François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties (Wikipedia)

For many women for many decades, the repression of sexuality appears to have been amazingly effective in preventing them from enjoying sex. The denial of erotic response, sometimes to the point of sexual anesthesia or a complete absence of sexual feeling, was possible in part because of the pervasive cloak of ignorance and secrecy which surrounded human sexual response in general and female sexual response in particular. Whether due to differences in physiology or hormones or conditioning, it appears that a woman, more than a man, has to learn to develop her erotic potential. She has to be, as they used to say, awakened. However, once a prince has come and kissed her and the Sleeping Beauty has opened her eyes, the arms of Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, are no longer the arms she dreams of lying in.

As the Roaring Twenties started to roar, people went around singing a ditty which asked the critical question: “How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they have seen Paree?” How indeed!

 

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