Here’s How People Had Sex In The 17th Century

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When it comes to sex there are a lot of myths on the topic, but luckily experts are separating fact from fiction nowadays.

Our perception on sex has changed through the centuries, and in 2016 what used to be an unspoken taboo has now become engrained in our culture – we are probably the most sexually liberated generation ever.

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So when you cast your eyes over this rare sex manual from the 17th century it’s pretty eye-opening on how far we’ve come (no pun intended).

The book, named Aritstoteles Master-Piece, is filled with erotica and graphic sex tips and was dubbed the dirtiest book of the time when it was published in 1684. It was secretly sold under the counters of bookshops for centuries.

It contains a bizarre mix of superstition and sex ‘facts’, varying from how to act in bed and how to guarantee pregnancy.

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In one chapter they advise men to ‘creep in by little and little’ to get their wives into bed, which definitely sounds incredibly creepy.

It then states:

When the husband cometh into his wives chamber, he must entertain her with all kind of dalliance, wanton behaviour, and allurements to venery. He must cherish, embrace and tickle her, and shall not abruptly, the nerves being suddenly distended, break into the field of nature.

Just, wow. The pregnancy advice isn’t much better either. They say the husband should not let ‘air strike into the open womb’ as it could ‘corrupt the seeds before they are perfectly mixed together’.

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They add that men have to keep the woman still and quiet with her legs crossed and raised a little so the ‘seed’ doesn’t ‘shed’ or split. This doesn’t sound like a fun time.

Women hoping to conceive are also warned not to talk, cough or sneeze after sex. Basically, if you were a woman in the 17th century sex sounded pretty awful.

It even tells women how to get pregnant with a boy or girl – this depends on the position they assume after sex, obviously.

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A complete first edition copy – one of just three known copies in existence – is expected to fetch £10-15,000 when it goes up for auction next month.

Auctioneer and valuer Chris Albury said:

It was a very popular read. People wanted to find out a few under the sheets secrets about what to do. The fact that it used Aristotle’s name, even though he had nothing to do with it, meant it became a nudge nudge wink wink word for sex. I’m not sure the book would help the modern audience too much – it certainly wouldn’t help you pass your GCSE biology exam.

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So that’s what happened before Netflix and chill…

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