Behavior: Sex Talk Through the Ages

From Freud to Dr. Phil, everybody seems to have something to say about it

"At this point, dear reader, let me concede one shocking truth. Some young women actually anticipate the wedding night ordeal with curiosity and pleasure! Beware such an attitude! One cardinal rule of marriage should never be forgotten: give little, give seldom, and above all give grudgingly." --RUTH SMYTHERS, Instruction and Advice for the Young Bride (1894)

"During intercourse, once a woman's genitals are vigorously rubbed and her womb titillated, a lustfulness (an itch) overwhelms her down there, and the feeling of pleasure and warmth pools out through the rest of her body." HIPPOCRATES, physician (circa 460--377 B.C.)

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