Sex in the Gilded Age

Love, Sex, and Women's Rights in the Gilded Age

Love, Sex, and Women's Rights in the Gilded Age

Loosen your girdles and get ready for a little Downton Abbey here in the States! The creator of the popular British drama series, Julian Fellowes, is developing a new NBC show called The Gilded Age, set in 1880s New York.

Known as the American Renaissance, this period following the Civil War (from 1877 to 1893) was a time of economic growth and industrialization, but it wasn't without its problems and setbacks. In fact, the era's moniker was coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner in their 1873 satirical novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, which called out our country's greed and political corruption hidden beneath a thin layer of gold.

For women, the Gilded Age was a transitional mixed bag of Victorian morality, loveless marriages, the birth of the women's rights movement, and the invention of the vibrator. Find out more about the important women of this period, mostly centered in New York, as well as the rules of love, sex, and marriage in the Gilded Age.


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