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Sex in the (18)90’s

March 14, 2009


Sex in the (18)90's

               On the Conduct and Procedure of the
               Intimate and Personal Relationships
                 of the Marriage State for the
               Greater Spiritual Sanctity of this
             Blessed Sacrament and the Glory of God
                 Ruth Smythers beloved wife of
                  The Reverend L.D. Smythers
               Pastor of the Arcadian Methodist
           Church of the Eastern Regional Conference
             Published in the year of our Lord 1894
                   Spiritual Guidance Press
                        New York City

To the sensitive young woman who has had the benefits of proper
upbringing, the wedding day is, ironically, both the happiest and 
most terrifying day of her life.  On the positive side, there is the
wedding itself, in which the bride is the central attraction in a
beautiful and inspiring ceremony, symbolizing her triumph in securing
a male to provide for all her needs for the rest of her life.  On the
negative side, there is the wedding night, during which the bride must
pay the piper, so to speak, by facing for the first time the terrible
experience of sex.

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!  A selfish and
sensual husband can easily take advantage of such a bride.  One
cardinal rule of marriage should never be forgotten: GIVE LITTLE,
have been a proper marriage could become an orgy of sexual lust.

On the other hand, the bride's terror need not be extreme.  While sex
it at best revolting and at worse rather painful, it has to be
endured, and has been by women since the beginning of time, and is
compensated for by the monogamous home and by the children produced
through it.

It is useless, in most cases, for the bride to prevail upon the groom
to forego the sexual initiation.  While the ideal husband would be one
who would approach his bride only at her request and only for the
purpose of begetting offspring, such nobility and unselfishness cannot
be expected from the average man.

Most men, if not denied, would demand sex almost every day.  The wise
bride will permit a maximum of two brief sexual experiences weekly
during the first months of marriage.  As time goes by she should make
every effort to reduce this frequency.  Feigned illness, sleepiness,
and headaches are among the wife's best friends in this matter.
Arguments, nagging, scolding, and bickering also prove very effective,
if used in the late evening about an hour before the husband would
normally commence his seduction.

Clever wives are ever on the alert for new and better methods of
denying and discouraging the amorous overtures of the husband.  A good
wife should expect to have reduced sexual contacts to once a week by
the end of the first year of marriage and to once a month by the end
of the fifth year of marriage.

By their tenth anniversary many wives have managed to complete their
child bearing and have achieved the ultimate goal of terminating all
sexual contacts with the husband.  By this time she can depend upon
his love for the children and social pressures to hold the husband in
the home.

Just as she should be ever alert to keep the quantity of sex as low as
possible, the wise bride will pay equal attention to limiting the kind
and degree of sexual contacts.  Most men are by nature rather
perverted, and if given half a chance, would engage in quite a variety
of the most revolting practices.  These practices include among others
performing the normal act in abnormal positions; mouthing the female
body; and offering their own vile bodies to be mouthed in turn.

Nudity, talking about sex, reading stories about sex, viewing
photographs and drawings depicting or suggesting sex are the obnoxious
habits the male is likely to acquire if permitted.  A wise bride will
make it the goal never to allow her husband to see her unclothed body,
and never allow him to display his unclothed body to her.  Sex, when
it cannot be prevented, should be practiced only in total darkness.
Many women have found it useful to have thick cotton nightgowns for
themselves and pajamas for their husbands.  These should be donned in
separate rooms.  They need not be removed during the sex act.  Thus, a
minimum of flesh is exposed.

Once the bride has donned her gown and turned off all the lights, she
should lie quietly upon the bed and await her groom.  When he comes
groping into the room she should make no sound to guide him in her
direction, lest he take this as a sign of encouragement.  She should
let him grope in the dark.  There is always the hope that he will
stumble and incur some slight injury which she can use as an excuse to
deny him sexual access.

When he finds her, the wife should lie as still as possible.  Bodily
motion on her part could be interpreted as sexual excitement by the
optimistic husband.

If he attempts to kiss her on the lips she should turn her head
slightly so that the kiss falls harmlessly on her cheek instead. If
he attempts to kiss her hand, she should make a fist.  If he lifts her
gown and attempts to kiss her anyplace else she should quickly pull
the gown back in place, spring from the bed, and announce that nature
calls her to the toilet.  This will generally dampen his desire to
kiss in the forbidden territory.

If the husband attempts to seduce her with lascivious talk, the wise
wife will suddenly remember some trivial non-sexual question to ask
him.  Once he answers she should keep the conversation going, no
matter how frivolous it may seem at the time.

Eventually, the husband will learn that if he insists on having sexual
contact, he must get on with it without amorous embellishment. The
wise wife will allow him to pull the gown up no farther than the
waist, and only permit him to open the front of his pajamas to thus
make connection.

She will be absolutely silent or babble about her housework while his
huffing and puffing away.  Above all, she will lie perfectly still and
never under any circumstances grunt or groan while the act is in
progress.  As soon as the husband has completed the act, the wise wife
will start nagging him about various minor tasks she wishes him to
perform on the morrow. Many men obtain a major portion of their sexual
satisfaction from the peaceful exhaustion immediately after the act is
over.  Thus the wife must insure that there is no peace in this period
for him to enjoy.  Otherwise, he might be encouraged to soon try for

One heartening factor for which the wife can be grateful is the fact
that the husband's home, school, church, and social environment have
been working together all through his life to instill in him a deep
sense of guilt in regards to his sexual feelings, so that he comes to
the marriage couch apologetically and filled with shame, already half
cowed and subdued.  The wise wife seizes upon this advantage and
relentlessly pursues her goal first to limit, later to annihilate
completely her husband's desire for sexual expression.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2009 2:15 pm

    Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.

  2. March 19, 2009 9:41 am

    Interesting blog, I’ll try and spread the word.

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