That Lovin’ Spoonful: Adventures in Anti-Birth Control Arguments

“The twitching and jet stream of the male orgasm stimulate the female partner toward a sexual climax. In some women, this source of gratification is so important that methods of birth control which interfere with the impact of semen on the vaginal walls greatly impair sexual satisfaction.”

–The Marriage Art

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My lands, was this written by a dude, or what? C’mon, ladies, he’s only thinking of YOUR pleasure!

The Champ and the Chomp

“Although orgasm gives the ultimate in sexual reward, I have known women who never had an orgasm and yet regarded sex as a great personal satisfaction. Pleasing someone you love and meeting biologic needs competently with your body brings full contentment to many women during non-climactic sexual intercourse, just as nursing a baby brings contentment to a willing mother. If anything, non-climactic sex is easier to enjoy than nursing, since a considerate husband can always make intercourse comfortable while even a well-meaning infant sometimes bites. If you conscientiously work at being available, you may ultimately find the feminine role quite satisfying even in the absence of ardor or desire.”

–The Marriage Art

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I have to admit, this unfortunate mishmash of imagery — that of a lady having to take it like a champ in bed, and the image of babies chomping at the bit (so to speak) — really has me addled. Ick and ow.

The Family That Plays Together . . . Oh, Nevermind

(On having sex while pregnant)

“Why should not the child of a merry young mother be as lively and strong in all his bodily movements as she? Not only because the energetic mother will play and romp with him later on. Oh no! Long before birth, whilst they both belong so intimately to each other, every little step, every abrupt movement of the mother’s finds its echo in the body and soul of the little child; so why should not her sexual impulses and movements also have their influence?

In the later months of pregnancy the child will produce a lively local massage with his own energetic movements; for the better development of his own little body, and to prepare the mother for her most trying moment. And who is not reminded by this, of the often marvellous cures of Thure-Brandt massage of the internal organs?

How to Attain and Practice the Ideal Sex Life

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Um, I have no problem with a pregnant lady getting it on, but does the author need to make it so . . . ishy?

And I’m fairly sure that Thure-Brandt massage is the type of internal massage as seen in The Road to Wellville–that is, it induced orgasms in women.

Yeah, I’m going to walk away from this one.

Just Lie Back and Think of England

“As a couple, you cannot always wait for passionate feminine desire before proceeding with sexual intercourse. In order to build a sound sex life together, you must satisfy the husband’s needs from the very start, and in the process develop the wife’s erotic nature. Relaxed and willing service to a loved and loving husband provides a wife with steadily deepening emotional satisfaction—which ultimately burgeons into anticipatory passion, keen sexual excitement, and the intense reward of orgasm.”

–The Marriage Art

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This is the first paragraph in a whole confusing chapter about building “female fervor.” Basically, wifey needs to just wait her damn turn — eventually, she’ll get her orgasm. Or not. The author is really pretty oh-well on the topic.