Sex Tips For Husbands and Wives from 1894

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 72
  • Price: £3.50
  • Publication date: 1 September 2008
  • ISBN: 9781840247022

About the book

In 1894, Ruth Smythers, ‘Beloved wife of The Reverend L. D. Smythers’, wrote:

‘While sex is at best revolting and at worse rather painful, it has to be endured… One cardinal rule of marriage should never be forgotten: give little, give seldom and, above all, give grudgingly… Most men are by nature rather perverted, and if given half a chance, would engage in quite a variety of the most revolting practices.’

The Methodist wife didn’t intend to be amusing, but this brief treatise written for young brides is side-splitting today and an eye-opener to how our love lives have changed in just over a century.

Includes essential advice on:

• how to discourage your spouse’s amorous advances

• appropriate night-wear for the wedded couple

• the acceptable length and frequency of unavoidable sexual encounters