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Source: dholl

 

At the beginning of the seventeenth century a certain frankness was still common, it would seem. Sexual practices had little need of secrecy; word were said without undue reticence, and things were done without too much concealment; one had a tolerant familiarity with the illicit. Codes regulating the coarse, the obscene, and the indecent were quite lax compared to those of the nineteenth century.

By Michel Foucault

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