History of Sex Manuals Creative and Sexual Science Part 1

About the history of the Creative and Sexual Science: Or Manhood, Womanhood, and Their Mutual Interrelations, history, advice, and tips.

The Development of the Sex Manual

CREATIVE AND SEXUAL SCIENCE: OR MANHOOD, WOMANHOOD, AND THEIR MUTUAL INTERRELATIONS . . . AS TAUGHT BY PHRENOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY (1870)

Instructor: Orson Squire Fowler (1809-1887). Of his "sainted" mother, who died when he was nine, Orson Squire Fowler wrote, "I remember distinctly but two things, laying my head back in her open lap while she kissed, caressed, and fondled me; and her death. Both are indelible." He grew up to concentrate on sex (even "the rap at the door is sexed") and love (he married three times), as revealed by phrenology, the pseudoscience of determining character by the shape of a person's head. Fowler's books and lecture tours (with his brother and brother-in-law) constituted a kind of 19th-century self-help movement, which eventually got him into trouble in the late 1870s, when he was accused of licentiousness for lecturing on sex to women. He was influential in the antilacing (anticorset) and temperance movements, became a vegetarian, and designed and built a 60-room octagonal house with gravel walls ("Fowler's Folly") near Fishkill, N.Y. A handsome, patriarchal-looking man, he had a full beard and intense eyes.

Overview: Though the quaint ideas in this 1,052-page opus reveal its age, the prose remains vigorous: "To the rear, or mate!" cries Fowler, a strong proponent of procreation, who believed that celibates were prone to "dry rot." The subjects in his book are intended to "go straight home to the very heart's core of your inner life!"

Gender is not a dead letter to Fowler, who claims that boys are "boisterous" and girls "fond of doll-babies" and that the male purpose in life is to "establish the most and best life germs." While he advocates equal pay for equal work for women, he believes that "Laying hens alone should cackle."

Phrenology enters the picture, too. He says that the seat of the soul is right under the corpus callosum (fibrous band connecting the hemispheres of the brain) and under that is the seat of love. He talks of eugenic mating, of courtship, of love, of raising children. After 644 pages, Fowler reaches the nitty-gritty of the book--diagrams and explanations of the structure and function of the reproductive organs. One omission in his finely detailed graphics is startling: the clitoris is no-where to be found.

You Are Here: Trivia-Library Home » Development of the Sex Manual » History of Sex Manuals Creative and Sexual Science Part 1
« History of Sex Manuals The Perfumed Garden Part 2History of Sex Manuals Creative and Sexual Science Part 2 »
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ - By printing, downloading, or using you agree to our full terms. Review the full terms at the following URL: /disclaimer.htm