Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, 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 secrHave you ever wished you could live in an earlier, 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 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.
Unmentionable The Victorian Lady s Guide to Sex Marriage and Manners Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier romantic era Ladies welcome to the th century where there s arsenic in your face cream a pot of cold pee sits under your bed and all of your un
I finished the book I wasn t keen on the chatty style and the author addressing me directly and thinking I must be some wilting flower who wouldn t be able to stand the utter repression of middle class women in the Victorian age Working class women had to go out to work which is the first step towards independence The book was far about that than crotchless panties Can you imagine wearing one of those crinoline skirts perhaps on hoops and having to pull your knickers down to have a pee Much eas [...]
Unmentionable made me truly appreciate how good I have it compared to my female ancestors This clever little book examines the gross, disturbing, and, at times, hilarious unmentionable facets of a Victorian woman s life and also, their powerlessness in society when compared to their male counterparts The women s rights portion sounds grim, but Oneill s writing keeps it light I learned so much and was entertained too.For example, I don t consider modern cities to be very clean, but Oneill explain [...]
Unmentionable The Victorian Lady s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill is a 2016 Little Brown US publication Based on a review written by one of my friends, I knew I had to check this book out I ve waited for months for a copy to become available at the library, but it was worth the wait.The author transported me back to the Victorian days to experience firsthand what it would have been like to live during this era The author exhibits a riotous sense of humor as she describes t [...]
Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestI love historical romance, specifically historical romance that takes place in Regency and Victorian times I enjoy the language, the costume porn, the odd customs, the strange romance of it But I would never, ever want to live there We have a tendency to romanticize the past, and focus on the feel goodsy aspects of it that make for good films and A school dioramas when the truth is, it s the past for a reason.In UNMENTIONABLE, Oneill discusses all manner of R [...]
I studied this stuff for fun and for a degree I was pumped when I found it and immediately dove into it when it arrived on my doorstep A day later, I m finished.And disappointed It s an easy read but the snark was ceaseless, the focus too narrow and the reliance on advertisements and popular media of the day misleading It s as if the author took every stereotype about the Victorian era and looked for information to back it up I m going to be a little dramatic and say she s done the period, and t [...]
3.5 Our witty and rather sarcastic narrator aka the author takes us back in time to the world of woman in the Victorian age The Victorian Age has held an attraction for many with its romantic nature, its clear cut rules and prim and proper manners We love to read the books from this time period, love to watch the dramas on television and movies This book was in many ways a shocking eye opener I knew the wore a great number of clothing items, that their medical treatment was sub par or non existe [...]
This book is laugh out loud funny and is a must read for anyone who enjoys reading about the Victorian era I am particularly grateful for my modern life on a day when I ve eaten an avocado, managed my own bank account, and spent less than 10% of my time doing housework, and this book throws those very simple facts into sharp relief I mean, I like the 1996 adaptation of Emma as much as anyone, but I also like that I routinely launder my clothes and participate in the political process Tomato toma [...]
Have you ever thought about the fact that Jane Eyre and Rochester probably had a stinky chamber pot under their bed the first time they made sweet love I m guessing not Never fear This book will banish your silly romantic notions of life in the nineteenth century and make you laugh out loud while doing it In Unmentionable, Therese Oneill serves as tour guide on a hilarious and educational journey back in time to the Victorian era She probes into the private aspects of life as a Victorian woman, [...]
Unmentionable is a hilarious and unsettling look at what life was really like in the 19th and early 20th Century for women I must say life was a literal cesspool Bathing was not common, nobody washed their clothes you simply dyed them when they got dirty , you had to poop in a bowel that was kept under your bed, and most importantly as a women you were to be seen and not heard also everything is your fault But at least you could go to your local drug store and get some cocaine to make you feel b [...]
Horrifying, hilarious, shocking and revelatory, Unmentionable crashes into our romantic notions of what it would be like to live in a past century, wearing gossamer silk and sleeping with your shit pot under your bed Dashing about in elaborate dresses that can t be cleaned AND EVERYONE HAS B.O I loved this book so much it s going to be my go to gift this year Beautifully done, meticulously researched, this is the book I wanted to write but couldnt figure out how Very well done.
Funny and horrifying at the same time I don t think I ve ever been so grateful to have been born at the end of the twentieth century as I was when I read about how Victorian ladies pooped.
I was hoping to love this book And at the beginning it was very enjoyable The chapters about personal hygiene, dressing were both fascinating and horrifying no matter how familiar you are with them from reading about the time period The omnipresent writer s voice via snarky comments was funny at the beginning as well but got irritating and patronizing pretty quickly The book contains a fabulous collection of illustrations mostly from the Victorian era I wish the author provided a source of where [...]
I must admit I have always had a romantic fascination for the Victorian era, I have often wished that I could have gone through this time period in all it s dainty splendor of lace handkerchiefs and sumptuous gowns being driven through town in a lovely carriage Still love the era, but this humorous book was definitely an eye opener I loved the way Therese Oneill with her sometimes snarky narrator takes the reader on a fun journey of the way women had to deal with issues such as crotchless underg [...]
Is there a book that provides the same interesting info, but in a MUCH LESS OBNOXIOUS manner
This book takes you back in time to the real Victorian Age Where getting dressed was a 4 hour affair and bathing was horrendous While I enjoyed the information, I did not like the writing style Instead of being a normal humorous nonfiction book, that lays outs facts and ideas, this book acts as though you have been transported to the time period The author talks directly to you, as you supposedly experience these things But not always A lot of the time she just quotes quack doctors of the time W [...]
This is a super fun read and filled with interesting facts.
3.5 stars After countless hours spent watching Downton Abbey and historical dramas, it is tempting to romanticize the lives of women upper class, of course in the 19th century The dresses The courtly behavior of dashing gentleman The lack of ability to vote or own property Er, wait In this tongue in cheek primer, the author firmly bursts this romantic bubble with advice to the 21st century woman on how to live, marry, and run a household in the Victorian era While much of the information was alr [...]
When I was about 10 years old, I watched the movie Gone With the Wind and was instantly captivated with the voluminous skirts I wanted so badly to sashay around in one that it became an obsession That lasted until I discovered exactly what was under that beautiful silk and realized a simple trip to the bathroom could be quite a major event.And what does this have to do with UNMENTIONABLE I m sure we ve all wished we could return to a simpler time period, one without all of the stress of technolo [...]
This was really fascinating and hilarious, but I admit I skimmed over some parts that I just wasn t as interested in, but overall, I highly recommend this one
5 Words History, feminism, humour, Victorian, etiquette.What started off as a barrel of laughs slowly turned sour and ended in anger and disgust.And it was amazing.Full review to come.
This is no Downton Abbey, Emma, or any other romantic historical drama Instead, Oneill writes this novel in a time traveler style She talks to the reader holding back very little in a humorous and sarcastic sometimes a bit too much way Don t get me wrong It is well researched and informative I did enjoy learning about the actual history of the time period It also makes me appreciate doctors, soap, shampoo, indoor plumbing, boiling water, a husband who respects me, and so much
A cheeky romp through the ins and outs of Victorian culture, hygiene and etiquette Oneill frames the book as a Victorian expert taking a delusional Downton Abbey Bronte hoops and bustles costume porn fangirl by the time traveling hand and showing her that you really really wouldn t want to live back with your ancestors.Most of the info, in a general sense, is stuff that anyone slightly versed in the era would know right off But there s plenty of quotes and citations from vintage era manuals that [...]
What a hoot So funny and informative too.The author certainly has a way with words She might consider becoming a stand up comic in her spare time Some favorite lines Many women turned to the terrifying world of unregulated patent medicine to embiggen their bosoms I am going to wallop you so hard your great great grandchildren will feel it You serve many purposes as a wife, but the most important is incubating and extruding his biological legacy from your body ladies go to the withdrawing room, o [...]
The county library system is now the proud owner of this humorous little tome because of meAfter trying to get them to let me borrow it from another library via inter library loan, they said they couldn t b c it was less than sixth months old, so I convinced them to buy it Anyway, now all local residents and taxpayers can enjoy Therese Oneill s hysterical take on sexual s, marriage values and bathroom habits of the 19th century I literally LOL d every day that I read this, although I would have [...]
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Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksUnmentionable The Victorian Lady s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners is the quite possibly the most fun you ll ever have while reading a history book, mostly because of the snarky voice of Therese Oneill This book is all about the private side of Victorian life how it smelled bad , what women did about their periods whatever worked , and how to flirt with a fan, pair of gloves, or parasol awkwardly.The premise of Unmentionable is that you, the reader, [...]
After reading this book the historical romance genre will never be the same for me DJust to give you a taste of what this book is about Recipes for weight loss, Victorian style 1 Ingesting cocaine.2 Ingesting tape worms.3 Marriage Unmentionable is interesting and informative Can t say anything about accuracy, since I m no history expert The author does support all her points with quotes from Victorian doctor s books and pictures of advertisements for medicinal cosmetic products, etc.It is writte [...]
I actually laughed out loud while reading this I took photos of pages and sent them to my friends I recommended it to everyone single person I happened to run into while reading it, including the lady who checked me out at the grocery store Read this book.
I was debating whether this was a four or a five star book and I went with five because I was talking about this book with some vim and vigor to a co worker, so that pushed it from 4.5 to 5 stars for me.I give this author a LOT of credit She went through a lot of those old time y guides for women from the 1800s, most of which were written by men, and she DIDN T get bitter and ranty and man hating Those books were HORRIBLE in that the men writing them were positive they were 100% correct and supe [...]
Oh, honestly That was hilarious This romp through the realistic and uncomfortable parts of being a woman in the Victorian era manages to be at once laugh out loud funny, informative, and riveting Wait until you start to understand the true nature of the inventor of cornflakes.