As the nordic nights close in, join us on a historical journey of the sensual and sexy, from the 16th century to today. The National Museum of Denmark has had a good rummage in their archives and put together an interesting perspetive on what I suppose is mankinds oldest interests.
The tour takes you back to the 1600s peasant society, where marriage was a working relationship, and classic love gifts were not exactly roses and chocolates. But even if the sex was actually reserved for marriage, one might see the sense in “test driving the coach before they bought it” – and it was here the not quite so virtuous night of marriage came into the picture.
In the high society where arranged marriages was the norm, and a 40-year-old groom with a bride at 16 was not uncommon sight. How the language of flirting developed with secret codes that signaled “a quickie in the kitchen?” or “you can forget it”! Venereal diseases were a real issue, but there was always a way to hide even bad syphilis sores!
The bridling of sexuality through the 18th century, with 1700s free-floating breasts, and underwear was so pleasing that it covered most of the woman’s body – with a single opening at the crotch. In this way a woman could easily feed nine children without ever having shown a bare breast to her husband.
The problem we face here in CultureNordic, is whether we should put together a special collection of gifts to mark the occasion?
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