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

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

by Therese Oneill


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The New York Times bestselling, "hysterically funny and unsettlingly fascinating" (Jenny Lawson) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood.

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, scandalously honest (though never crass), illustrated guide to life as a Victorian lady, offering 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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316357906
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 232,216
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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.

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Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hugely informative,vastly entertaining.
Dutch More than 1 year ago
A tongue-in-cheek romp through what it meant to be a woman in Victorian times. If you lived in England or America. And were wealthy. And white. But giving the reader that place of privilege, and deliberately highlighting it, makes it very evident how much worse it could (and did) get. From the many layers of clothing to the trials of hygiene, from courtship and weddings to marriage and childbirth, and especially the horrors of mid-century women’s “medicine”, this book is a great tour through a time in history that many of us desperately want to be more romantic than it is, as well as laugh-out-loud funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A witty romp through Victorian Era society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An reader of historical nonfiction, feminist works, or to!dance novels will love this. Full of interesting information and hilarious commentary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book that presents the underside of living as a woman in Victorian times. A truly entertaining read that informs as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highest marks to the author for exceptional research. The photos and quotes were almost as good as her witty and sarcastic comments. It was reassuring how some of the pompous men preaching female do's and don'ts look sour and unhappy. I will never view Pemberly the same.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insane how men treated women. Insane we be lived it. Surely not all clutures thought this way....