Jack the Ripper and British Attitudes to Sex and Murder: Sex and sexual violence

Jack the Ripper and The Whitechapel Murders have been a source of fascination for society for well over a century now.  From the high circulation numbers of newspapers at the time to books and videos today, there is huge interest the murders.  There are multiple aspects that have caused this, such as the mystery surrounding the murders which I covered in more detail in the previous post.  One other aspect of this allurement was the murders’ connection to sex which, both at the time of the murders themselves and today has always captivated audiences. Continue reading Jack the Ripper and British Attitudes to Sex and Murder: Sex and sexual violence

Rape Myths and their Pervasiveness in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Rape myths in the media

Rape myths such as “it is impossible to sheath a sword into a vibrating scabbard”[1] permeated throughout 19th and 20th century societies.  The implications of this idea for victims of rape during this period were extensive; they not only made it difficult to gain a conviction but also brought a sense of shame and even reluctance to speak about it for the victims.  This series is focusing on the various aspects of this issue and this post will be focusing, in particular, on the way that rape myths were spread through society by the media. Continue reading Rape Myths and their Pervasiveness in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Rape myths in the media

Welcome to History Gal’s Blog

Welcome to the History Gal’s blog!  I am a PhD Student and I will be posting articles and interviews here on my interests in history.  Some of the topics that I will cover include fallen women and prostitution, gender and sexuality, the family and more, all the topics will primarily be from the Victorian period, although not all. Continue reading Welcome to History Gal’s Blog