FW: Sex for Brides circa 1894
ddferran@ddf.b30.ingr.com (Dianne Ferrans)


Since this was copyrighted over 100 years ago, I think it should be
OK to reprint.....

[Note - I think so, too... - ed.]

copyright 1894 The Madison Institute.

The following is a reprint from The Madison Institute Newsletter,
Fall Issue, 1894:

                           INSTRUCTION AND ADVICE
                                 FOR THE
                               YOUNG BRIDE
                                  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 durning
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 more.

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.

copyright 1894 The Madison Institute.