Puritan Settlers New England America
The early Puritan settlers in New England had a punishment to fit every sexual transgression: whip lashings for fornication, scarlet A's for adultery, confinement in stocks or pillory for newly married couples after the wedding. Yet despite these severities, some estimates concluded that fully one-third of the children born in late 18th century New England were conceived out of wedlock.
In the long run, however, changing social customs achieved what stocks
and pillory could not. Sexual squeamishness, in fact, became a mark of
social refinement in 19th century America. It also spawned a flourishing
business in books for all ages and both sexes on avoiding temptation.
The author of the "Science of a New Life" urged women to eschew chignons
because "this great pressure of hair on the small brain...causes an unusual
flow of the blood to amativeness." Sylvester Graham warned young men that
"over-stimulation" would lead to "a shocking state of debility and excessive
irritabitliy." And some thought that not even the sanction of marriage
should lift restrictions on amorousness. In 1840 Dr William Andrus Alcott
cautioned newlyweds against frequent sex, explaining "that one indulgence to
each lunar month is all that the best health of the parties can possibly
- Cultural Literacy
There are a number of mechanical devices
that increase sexual arousal, particularly
in women. Chief amongst these is the
Mercedes Benz 380L convertible.
To me the term "sexual freedom" meant
freedom from having to have sex.
Everyone probably thinks that I'm a raving
nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable
sexual appetite, when the truth is I'd
rather read a book.
- Madonna Ciccone
The sexual act is not a mere pleasure of
the body, a purely carnal act, but is a
means by which love is expressed and life
perpetuated. It becomes evil, if it harms
others or if it interferes with a person's
spiritual development, but neither of
these conditions is inherent in the act
itself. The act by which we live, by which
love is expressed and the race continued is
not an act of shame or sin. But when the
masters of spiritual life insist on celibacy,
they demand that we should preserve
singleness of mind from destruction by
- Sarvapalli Radhakrishan
I was asked if my first sexual experience was
homosexual or heterosexual.
I said I was too polite to ask.
- Gore Vidal
I think people should be free to engage in
any sexual practices they choose; they
should draw the line at goats though.
- Elton John
Sexuality throws no light on love,
but only through love can we learn
to understand sexuality.
- Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
Shots, Shooters & Slammers
1/2 oz Crown Royal Bourbon
1/2 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz Sloe Gin
3/4 oz Orange Juice
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1 highball glass serving
Pour all ingredients
in a mixing tin with ice.
Shake and strain.
Of the delights of this world,
man cares most for sexual intercouse,
yet he has left it out of his heaven.
- Mark Twain
When a woman becomes a scholar
there is usually something
wrong with her sexual organs.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Sex Up Against The Wall
1 part vodka
1 part pineapple juice
1 part cranberry juice
1 part sour mix
Shake with ice, strain
and pour into highball glasses
"Is sex dirty? Only when it's being done right."
- Woody Allen
there are so many books on how to ?"
- Bette Midler
"Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex,
you thought of nothing else if you didn't have
it and thought of other things if you did."
- James Baldwin
"Tell him I've been too fucking busy - or vice versa."
- Dorothy Parker
"There are no good girls gone wrong,
just bad girls found out."
- Mae West
"Pursuit and seduction are the essence of sexuality.
It's part of the sizzle."
- Camille Paglia
"Writing is like prostitution. First you do it
for love, and then for a few close friends,
and then for money."
"A halo has to fall only a few
inches to become a noose."
- Farmers Almanac
"Brevity is the soul of lingerie."
- Dorothy Parker"
"Sex is a bad thing because
it rumples the clothes."
- Jacqueline Kennedy