Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide To Sex, Marriage, And Manners

Hardcover | October 25, 2016

byTherese Oneill

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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.)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHave 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, illus...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031635791X

ISBN - 13:9780316357913

Customer Reviews of Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide To Sex, Marriage, And Manners

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful and a good read As someone who studied Victorian sexuality, this is a good book for anyone who is interested. Almost like a beginners knowledge of Victorian sexuality.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful! Don't judge a book by its cover or, in this case, its reviews! Some writers are naturally funny and some, like Oneill, are trying too hard. The cynical tone of the book, which I have come to believe is an attempt in Victorian speak, is difficult to read, often condescending and very unmemorable.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and Informative If you're interested in the Victorian era, this is a must read! It is wonderfully written and speaks on topics that most other books avoid. I learnt more than I anticipated.
Date published: 2016-12-12

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"It's clear in every page of Unmentionable that Oneill has done her research on what the Victorian lady was expected to tackle, from dinner-party etiquette to arsenic as skin care. . . . the vagaries of courtship, running a household, and taking a bath fall under a modern and distinctly snarky lens."-NPR.org