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Changes in Common Understanding

Premodern notions of women’s sexuality

Women are voracious sexual beings

Women are the cause of “man’s” fall in Genesis

A woman cannot conceive unless she reaches orgasm

Nineteenth Century change:

For the middles classes, women are the “passionless” sex.

Women are responsible for protecting the sexual mores of the society

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