Unmentionable – Book Review

Full title is Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners

4 out 5 stars

To sum this up, during Victorian times, everything single thing that a woman might consider fun would cause you bad health or probably make you barren. That’s right ladies, nothing but missionary for you! Don’t even lift those knees too high, in fact they should be virtually straight, other wise…BOOM, barren.

Toilet paper wasn’t invented until 1857. So newspaper clippings and corn cob husks it is to clean your naughty bits!

Men write manuals for women on how to menstruate properly. If the blood is too pale or too dark, you’re probably dead inside. Also, if you don’t let it flow naturally and try to hold it in (because why wouldn’t you want to hold it in?!) it might come out of your mouth. All these women coughing up blood due to tuberculosis, is actually just because they wanted to keep their menstrual blood all to themselves. Selfish biddies.

A lot of people like to romanticize Victorian times. Not this girl. I’ll keep my tampons and voting rights, thank you very much.

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4 thoughts on “Unmentionable – Book Review

  1. I’m still in the process of reading this one because I’ve been so busy lately, but I really like it so far. It is definitely one of my fave book club reads of the year. Entertaining review for an entertaining book! Nicely done. 🙂

  2. The good old days. They were terrible! Ah that rose colored glasses, nostalgic view of “better times.” I say we take the aesthetic, but leave the unscientific, patriarchal viewpoints. I’ll always love corsets and cameos, but I’ll keep my modern amenities, thanks very much. This may be why Steampunk is so fashionable nowadays. It lets you have the Victorian style with modern to futuristic trappings.

    Dude, tuberculosis/consumption actually created a “beauty” look. The pale skin and flushed cheeks aesthetic became “in” because that was the appearance of women dying from it. Madness.

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