Sex was different in 1902 — especially if you belonged to a family full of wealthy narcissists. But just how different?
A hundred years ago, it was anyone’s guess where sex ended and psychiatric medicine began. Still, when famed doctor Sigmund Freud arrives at Bellacourt Manor with a stationary bike hooked up to a dildo, you can’t say he isn’t treating something.
PROCREATION SEX RITUAL
If you had to perform a bizarre mating dance before having brief, unsatisfying sex with your spouse, you wouldn’t want to do it more than once a month either.
Incest was still a taboo in olden times, but doing it in front of a group of butlers and maids? All good.
When you’re in the midst of a sweat-inducing fever dream, sometimes initiating a sex act is the only thing you can do to bring yourself back from the brink. If said act involves a hallucinatory vision of an elderly woman who’s also your boss, even better.
OK, there’s a lot going on here. First, “marriage contracts” exist, and they apparently have something to do with oral sex. Next, weird power dynamics between servants and masters can and do lead to some pretty upsetting sexual chemistry. Finally, knives are somehow erotic.
Does old-timey sex make sense to you now? Us neither.