October 29th, 2009

duelling and education in the UK

Setting: Britain, in a relatively unspecified time period, but most likely 1700s or 1800s.

Research: Googling various related terms, Wikipedia, and the archives here.

~Two of my characters are well-known for duelling each other a lot, which means it has to be before guns were popular in duels, because they either would've have to have been crappy shots or one of them would've wound up killing the other (right?). Research has told me guns overtook swords in duelling in the 19th century, but it's probably more like late 18th century, if not earlier.

~These two characters knew each other in school, but they are both wealthy gentlemen, and though I've found out when secondary schools were opened and such, nothing has told me when it became common for the rich to send their kids to fancy schools instead of tutoring them or what not.

I need these two time periods - a time before gun duels and a time when rich kids would've gone to secondary school together - to overlap, and so make my plot make sense. If they don't, I'll change my plot.

Looking for information on sexual mores in the American Old West

Edit: Due to complicated reasons beyond my control, this project is on
indefinite hiatus. Because of those reasons, I quite honestly don't even want to
think about it at all right now. So, to all those who responded, I want to say
"Thank you" and that I'm sorry I couldn't/didn't respond to each one of you personally.


NOTE: Because I'm honestly not completely sure quite where I'm going with this idea yet, I'm actually looking more for research sources--websites, books, etc.--than I am for specific information (though if you do have any information you'd like to share, I'm always happy to receive it!).

I need to know sort of some general overall information regarding the sexual mores among men of the American Old West, circa the mid-to-late 1800s. (Specifically, the setting is a group of 20-30 men--some young, though, as a "man" back then could have been in his late teens or younger--living and working alone in the reasonably unsettled northwest...and for the record, since I know some people here know my, uh, proclivities: no, they're not having sex with each other, unless I discover info saying that was common! ;-P) What I need to know is, as single men with no women around for them to marry, what would have been the prevailing opinions on sex and genitalia? How common was it for a man to use a prostitute's services, assuming they were readily available to him? Would it have been likely that there was a bawdy-house nearby, or would they have had to travel to a more established town? How were involuntary sexual reactions (erections, nocturnal emissions, etc.) "dealt with" (i.e., I know that by then, both circumcision and various erection-stifling devices and such were becoming popular on the East Coast, but would they have been wanted/cared about, let alone available, in a mainly male-only mountain enclave)? And so on.

As I said, if anyone can suggest literature on the subject (or even video!), that would probably be best, and I'm still not certain where all the details of this story are going. Anything you have is excellent. TIA!

Googled
history "nocturnal emission" OR "nocturnal emissions" "old west" 1800s OR "19th century" OR "nineteenth century" OR frontier
history prostitution uncivilized OR "mountain men" "old west" 1800s OR "19th century" OR "nineteenth century" OR frontier
(As you can tell, I'm pretty bad at Googling. If you have suggestions for search strings, those would also be perfectly welcome.)

How much would an aristocratic Japanese girl know about sex?


Hello there!

I need your help! How much would an aristocratic Japanese girl know about sex?
 
Settings : Alternate Universe, a cross between feudal (no sex-ed, no high school life) and modern day Japan (loads of books, mags available, advanced body understanding), and the main character is a girl of 19, from a very old, aristocratic family.

She's the eldest daughter and kinda has the "princess" status. She's supposed to inherit the clan's name, and everyone in the clan/family shows her a great deal of respect (adding -sama after her name,  the elders treating her as a porcelain doll...).

The girl in question is a bit old fashioned, she has received a very proper education, she dresses traditionally.

She's very sweet and gentle, she has male friends, but she's not the kind to openly talk about sex. I'd go as far as to say it might be a bit taboo for her.

She lost her mother when she was young, so while she can't ask her 'tricky' questions, and members of her family tend to shelter her a lot.

She's been in love with a boy for a looooong time, but it has always been a very platonic, one-sided romance.

What would be her  sex -related knowledge? Am I right to assume she'd know next to nothing? She was very busy during her youth, so I don't think she had much time to think/read about sex, and she'd rather die than ask "shameful" questions.

I'm asking you guys, because it's not easy to find stuff about Japanese aristocratic families sex-ed on google. Typing the wrong terms can even lead to some disturbing porn :S

ETA : Thank you!

contemporary gaming specifics

Setting: Contemporary North America (mainly Boston area), but one of the characters involved is originally from Manchester, England.

Previous research: Googled various combinations of "hardcore gaming", "video game culture", and similar. Nothing helpful; either it was too simplified and general, or so specific and specialist that a nongamer like me had no hope of understanding it. Suggestions for better search terms very much welcome.

The question:

I have two major characters who are serious gamers (of the video-gaming type, not tabletop-gaming). One is a challenge gamer who's mainly into improving his own scores and skills, the other is more competitive. (If it matters at all, the challenge gamer is British, and is in his early-to-mid-twenties over the course of the story; the competitive gamer is a Boston native, late-teens-to-early-twenties.)

I know next to nothing about video games.

What are some games they might discuss with each other? What are some things they might reasonably boast about ("I beat [x game] in [y hours]", for example, or "I have a score of [z] in [x game]")? Would they each have a preferred console or brand loyalty to a specific console, or might they play on all consoles?

Any similar things a couple gamers might bond over or argue about wouldn't occur to a non-gamer would be very appreciated as well, of course. <3 Thanks in advance for any help at all!
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