Out on a dike

Out on a dike phr. [mid 19-C] (US) going out in one's best clothes. [DIKED DOWN] I'm out as a dyke, occasionally out with a dyke. What I do when I'm out on a dike can become your business once I write about it here.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

No sex talk, please, we're British!

From sand sculpture to burying heads in sand. Supposedly hidden facts about sex and sexuality have been in the news this week.

Newly released documents at the National Archives in Kew, London reveal that books about lesbianism put government censors all in a quandary in the 1930s. To censor or not to censor? It was understood by then that banning books simply served to get them better known - The Well of Loneliness being a case in point. But to think that women would only realise 'such practices' as masturbation and lesbianism existed through reading books, and only then start to adopt them, shows a real misunderstanding of female sexuality. It also does a disservice to the female imagination, I reckon.

See also, the results of a UK sexual behaviour survey conducted in 1949. Why should we expect sexual desires to have been much different in the 1930s and 1940s?

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