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Sex Tips For Husbands and Wives from 1894 [Hardcover]

Ruth Smythers
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Book Description

1 Sep 2008
In 1894, Ruth Smythers, ‘Beloved wife of The Reverend L. D. Smythers’, wrote: ‘While sex is at best revolting and at worse rather painful, it has to be endured... One cardinal rule of marriage should never be forgotten: give little, give seldom and, above all, give grudgingly… Most men are by nature rather perverted, and if given half a chance, would engage in quite a variety of the most revolting practices.’ The Methodist wife didn’t intend to be amusing, but this brief treatise written for young brides is side-splitting today and an eye-opener to how mores have changed in just over a century. Includes essential advice on: • how to discourage your spouse’s amorous advances • appropriate night-wear for the wedded couple • the acceptable length and frequency of unavoidable sexual encounters

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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale; First Thus edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840247029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840247022
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 11.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`This nineteenth century prudish approach to sex is akin to something you might see in a Little Britain sketch' -- St Cristopher's Inns e-zine, November 2008

`What might have been sound advice in the late 19th century provides side-splitting giggles now.' -- Wigan Evening Post, November 8, 2008

`a thoroughly entertaining and hilarious gift sure to cause much merriment.'
-- Lancashire Evening Post, November 1, 2008

`gems found in this amusing pocket-sized self-help guide.' -- Rotherham Advertiser, November 7, 2008

`plenty of wry chuckles... For a bargain three pounds, this is the ideal present for the aspiring celibate.'
-- Forum magazine, January 2009

`provides side-splitting giggles... proof indeed that our sexual attitudes have changed drastically over the last century.' -- Lancashire Evening Post, November 9, 2008

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`gems found in this amusing pocket-sized self-help guide.'

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but is that it? 1 Oct 2009
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I bought this book as I've read a few similar ones and they are invariably a good laugh - and so is this. Unfortunately it is little more than a paragraph long. I read it cover to cover in about a minute and a half. The book is an ideal stocking filler, literally. It's about 3" x 2" and has about 35 pages of text.
Buy this purely as a wee joke gift for someone to read and pass around at the dinner table. It's funny and will raise a few smiles, but unfortunately it's over way too quickly - which according to the advice given in the book is no bad thing.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely hilarious 26 Jun 2009
By A Customer
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Ruth Smythers - more frigid than any ice cube! I need to buy this book in bulk because it makes a great gag gift for any future bride. Such gems of advice for the bride in this book include:

"Give Little, Give Seldom, And Above All, Give Grudgingly."

"Sex, when it cannot be prevented, should be practiced only in total darkness."

"When he finds her, the wife should lie as still as possible. Bodily motion on her part could be interpreted as sexual excitement by the optimistic husband."

This may have been written in the Victorian era, but even good ol' Queen Vicky would've had a hard time following Ruth's advice.

Sex Tips For Husbands & Wives From 1894 - Read it. Learn it. Live it...if you dare.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A hoax. Not even a very good hoax. 15 Dec 2012
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Wish I hadn't bought this. It's not genuine as a quick internet search will verify. If it was a good quality hoax or spoof or parody, it might have some value, but it's very short, badly written and clearly purports to be something it isn't. Don't waste your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Funny Book 31 Dec 2010
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Admittedly, it can be read in about three minutes; it's very small.
However, it contains some hilarious views of an anti-sex woman from the late 19th century.
Seriously, this woman must have had some traumatic sexual experiences.
And she tries to pass her 'wisdom' onto other wives.
Quite funny and makes a good little wedding present.
Or even if you want to amuse yourself for a few minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Dec 2011
By Tina
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Excellent product, really funny, I have used it for wedding night packages and a secret santa gift and it always gets a good laugh from everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 30 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
this is a great novelty gift bought this for my new brother in law who saw the funny side
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny but very short 4 Nov 2009
By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As already described by the previous reviewers, the pamphlet (calling it a book is stretching the meaning of the word a bit too much) is quite amusing and makes for a good tongue in cheek gift.

One marvels if this was representative of the public opinion back when it was published - or whether it was fringe material even then.

However do not raise your expectations too much - there is about five minutes of hillarity to be had, then the book is over.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny - great little present! 6 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book is perfect as a stocking filler or e ven for a present for a hen night. It is a guide for new wives or wives to be about sex, but written by someone who clearly dislikes sex and thinks its evil. Very funny though had me in complete stitches. It's a tiny little book though, would have liked a bit more really!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very quick postage!! Lots of laughs
Published 19 days ago by Alice Tilley
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a "sex manual" written by a Methodist minister''s ...
This is a "sex manual" written by a Methodist minister''s wife in the late 19th Century - as such it focusses mainly on avoiding sex whenever possible, and minimising any... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tony Yates
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A fun gift for a hen night party.
Published 1 month ago by Avril W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny book but small!!
Very funny little book for a wedding/engagement prezzie. Would point out that it is very small though!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amy beety
1.0 out of 5 stars poor hoax
Obviously a hoax, and not even a clever one. The writer has not even bothered to use the idiom of the period.
Published 2 months ago by Reggie Oliver
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly named
Should be called "Tips on how to Avoid Sex for Women". My wife and I read this after we had read the dont's for husbands and wives books but this wasn't anywhere near up to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Family Man
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny little book
I bought this book as a joke for our son and daughter-in-law on their wedding day. It is a very small book but quite amusing with its out-of-date comments.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars fun present
A spoof book based on a view of Edwardian ideals. or what we today feel they may have been. the book makes a great fun gift for a wedding.
Published 5 months ago by Blues Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Friends have enjoyed this book including myself. I felt its sister book was a waste of money as I thought it would be different when it was actually the same. Read more
Published 6 months ago by louise murdoch
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read, great present for a bride to be
great humorous tips for the newly weds, a little small in size than i envisage, but still very entertaining. Very funny
Published 6 months ago by shrubby
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