Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners (Hardcover)

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Hilarious, informative, totally NSFW in any century. Unmentionable debunks the rose-colored romanticism that modern literature has cast over the Victorian Era and even the graceful sidestepping of Victorian authors around such topics as menstruation, bathroom use, and the general filth that permeated every aspect of life. 

— Jenna



Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era?

Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.)

UNMENTIONABLE is your hilarious, illustrated, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on:

What to wear
Where to relieve yourself
How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating
What to expect on your wedding night
How to be the perfect Victorian wife
Why masturbating will kill you
And more

Irresistibly charming, laugh-out-loud funny, and featuring nearly 200 images from Victorian publications, UNMENTIONABLE will inspire a whole new level of respect for Elizabeth Bennett, Scarlet O'Hara, Jane Eyre, and all of our great, great grandmothers.

(And it just might leave you feeling ecstatically grateful to live in an age of pants, super absorbency tampons, epidurals, anti-depressants, and not-dying-of-the-syphilis-your-husband-brought-home.)

About the Author

Therese Oneill lives in Oregon and writes humor and rare history articles for many different popular outlets, including Mental Floss, The Week, The Atlantic, and Jezebel. She lives with her husband and children near Portland. She can be found online at www.writerthereseoneill.com where she runs a popular history and narrative blog.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316357913
ISBN-10: 031635791X
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: October 25th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English

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