• Ep. 3: Pornography, Pleasure and the Press

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Oct 18 2018
  • Length: 34 mins
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Ep. 3: Pornography, Pleasure and the Press

By: Stephen Fry
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  • Summary

  • This episode will penetrate some of the secrets of Victorian sexuality, public and private and will challenge some deeply held misconceptions.

    We tend to think of the Victorians as dyed in the wool prudes, and we have latched onto the idea that the Victorians felt their values of self-discipline, temperance and hard work were threatened by the temptations of the flesh. This episode will show in enjoyable detail that ordinary Victorians’ attitudes to sex was for the most part enthusiastic, unembarrassed and surprisingly well informed. Apart, that is, from one secret sexual practice that was loathed, feared and tragically misunderstood.

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