Sex and Sexuality
7 pages (1750 words)
Think of a society in which even the table legs must be covered up by long, chenille tablecloths, for the sake of modesty and the avoidance of 'lustful' thoughts, then we have an idea of the powerfully repressive and hypocritical morality that existed. 'Good' women, and men, considered sexual activity, and those who displayed openly the aspects of sexuality, to be base or animalistic. Sex was unmentionable, secret, even dirty, but could be understood as Duty, when in the confines of marriage. Women in particular were categorized or stereotyped; pure and virginal, or the Madonna (pure again), or 'bad' girls, prostitutes who gave into their lustful desires.