Attention-grabbing phrase – voluptuous. It suggests ample or full, and within the broader sense, given over to the satisfaction of sensual needs. That’s little question why “The Pearl” is described as “A Journal of Faceteia and Voluptuous Studying.” “The Pearl,” an underground journal revealed in Victorian England from July 1879 to December 1880, is an erotic treasure chest.
It’s one in every of many such treasures I found whereas writing my erotic novel set in Victorian London.
The analysis for this erotic novel took me into the shadow of the Victorian libido. Not solely did I’ve to check the Victorian family, the functioning of gasoline lights, the complicated hierarchy of the British peerage and the numerous layers of clothes (which needed to be continuously eliminated), I additionally needed to delve into the darker facet of the Victorian psyche.
The sexual repression of the Victorian age didn’t repress sexual want. Fairly the opposite. The recognition of erotic literature, the glut of prostitutes and the proliferation of brothels are historic testomony to the sexual appetites of the time. Publicly denouncing sexual habits didn’t cease the personal exploration of intimate cravings.
Such actions as canings, voyeurism, exhibitionism and illicit intercourse have been commonplace, however all the time hidden. Nobody spoke of it, however most discovered companions to indulge their favourite fetish.
One other Victorian basic, “My Secret Life,” first revealed between 1888 and 1894, was banned for 100 years due to its specific content material. A Victorian gentleman chronicled his lascivious exploits, utilizing the pseudonym Walter.
Walter’s erotic tales are nonetheless thought of perverse and sometimes pornographic, even with its reissue as a part of the Wordsworth Basic Erotica collection.
Probably the most fascinating facet of my immersion into Victorian sexuality is discovering the similarity to in the present day’s avarice and taboos. Right here we’re, within the 21st century, nonetheless scuffling with the identical needs and the identical denial that these needs exist.
Even with the overt use of sexual photos in promoting and with the seeming sexual freedom we’re mentioned to get pleasure from, there nonetheless exists an air of repression surrounding sexual exercise. It’s permissible to be titillated by photos and innuendo, however when the libido calls for extra, society says uh-uh, shaking their puritanical finger below our noses.
With the present reputation of erotic romance and the specific nature of the work, we’re as soon as once more expressing our want in phrases. We actually need to be doing it. Very similar to the Victorians, we discover our pleasure the place we will. Generally that’s precise expertise and different instances it’s solely inside our imaginations. Erotic literature, be it Victorian or modern, serves the identical function. It supplies an outlet for sexual emotions which definitely exist, however typically can’t be overtly expressed.
All of us crave the fun of a licentious tryst. The hazard, the thrill and the titillation of such encounters, be it now or in Victorian London, are the identical. Victorian erotica speaks to the trendy libido simply as certainly because it enticed the nineteenth century reader. The intoxicating agitation of sexual pleasure is timeless.