We often imagine our elders as being more prudish than we are today. After all, it’s hard to get through a Facebook conversation or family reunion without hearing at least one elderly person rant about teens making love to their iPhones while driving, or sexting each other pictures of vodka-soaked tampons, or whatever it is they’re into these days. And even though our ancestors’ historical prudishness may have been somewhat exaggerated, they still don’t seem like the most laid-back people around.
Not a vodka-soaked tampon in sight.
But it turns out that your tampon-hating great aunt is wrong: Plenty of the things that would make an iPhone-fucking youngster blush would not have caused our prudish forefathers to bat an eye, let alone lose an entire monocle. Like …