A (slightly) naughty read for Valentine's Day
If you're looking for a gift idea for the book-loving day in your life this Valentine's Day that isn't a schmaltzy romance novel nor is it Fifty Shades of Grey, I have a fun suggestion for you! Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners is the perfect gift.
Unmentionable is an exploration of the social norms and expectations for women in the Victorian Era, presented in an informal, fun, conversational way. This hilarious, hones look at what it meant to be a woman in the Victorian era explores such things as:
Where a lady can relieve herself
What to expect on one's wedding night
Why masturbation is hazardous to your health (!!)
How to be the perfect Victorian wife
--and so much more!
Although some of the topics discussed here were probably not considered ladylike then, this book is never crass. It's a matter-of-fact look at life in the time, presented with a wink and a mischievous smile.
This book would make a perfect Valentine's Day gift for the woman who loves history, who loves to laugh, and who is interested in reading a book about sex and marriage that is a little bit different than the normal take. It would also be a perfect gift to bring to a Galentine's Day party if you are single and celebrating with girlfriends! You can read it together and have a good laugh at the funny illustrations while feeling very fortunate that you live in the 21st century.
Whether you buy this book for your wife, your girlfriend, your best friend, or yourself, you are sure to enjoy this laugh-out-loud look at the less-than-glamorous world of womanhood in Victorian times -- with not a single pair of yoga pants to be found. I don't even want to think about that.