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TL;DR: Lots. Introduction The post isn’t very clear about exactly what it’s asking, so I’m going to interpret it as asking the following questions: What does the term ‘bodice-ripper’ mean? In what context did the term originate? To what extent do these novels feature violence? How do readers and critics interpret the violence? Meaning The Oxford English ...


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From a biological perspective, it isn't uncommon for those with vaginas to feel pain at first penetration, whether or not the hymen is responsible. All bodies are unique, and at minimum, a level of mild discomfort to actual pain is often difficult to avoid. Sometimes it's purely biological, and sometimes they maybe haven't learned how to avoid it yet - even ...


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The hymen is a thin membrane which covers the entrance to the vagina. It can be broken during the first time a woman has penetrative intercourse, but that is not the only way. The hymen is not physically shaped the same way in every female body — it can be larger, smaller, or have several holes instead of one. It can be broken by vigorous physical activity,...


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There were four possibilities for those who wanted to get married in 19th century England: Banns. This meant that you had to have the upcoming wedding announced three Sundays in a row from the parish pulpet. Unless someone spoke out against the marriage, you then had a three-month window open to legally marry. However, this was seen as something for those ...


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Ordinarily, in Regency England, to get married you had to announce your intention in church on three successive Sundays before the wedding. This was called reading the banns, and is described in a wikipedia article. This poses a problem for Regency Romance couples: they could not legally get married in less than 4 weeks after their initial decision. But ...


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