The School of Venus: A Sex Manual from 1680

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 08:07
Submitted by Carlin Ross

This is an illustration from The School of Venus - a sex manual originally written in French and published in English in 1680.

It's not a clinical treatise but takes the form of a dialogue between a teenage girl and her more experienced cousin. And there's no author - it was published anonymously.  If you want to read the 166 page book, it's been digitized by Google Books.

There really is nothing new under the sun.  I'll take some penis sausage ;)

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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This drawing! I've never seen

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 17:25

This drawing! I've never seen it before but when I was a child (maybe 5 or 6) I declared to my mum that I wanted to be a boy for a while and asked if we could go to the penis shop to buy me a penis. I still remember the image I had in my mind at that age of what the penis shop would look like, and they were hung up exactly like this, but in a shop window.

Alas, I never got to go a choose a penis of my very own ;)

Envious children

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 19:52

LGS, I had a psychodynamically trained professor in graduate school, a woman, who maintained that while it was possible for girls to want to have a penis at times, it was equally possibly for boys to want to have a cunt. Cunt envy, however, was vehemently denied by the Freudian establishment---of course! I can remember wondering what it felt like to be a girl when I was a child, and being very curious what I'd look like 'down there' if I were.

Vagina Envy

Sun, 07/07/2013 - 01:24
Tor (not verified)

As a boy I have always had vagina envy for  the sole purpose of wanting to experience why a girl might want a penis inside her.
I know the pleasure of what my penis brings to me and often feel sad for a girl because the vagina  cannot possibly feel as good to her as my penis feels to me.
To have a cunt for even a little while and to really know how it feels wanting a penis (if they do) is a perception that may haunt me my entire life.

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