While it's true there were a great many misconceptions and poorly-considered offerings of advice, it's also true that there was a less inept counterpoint, albeit rather strained. I remember as a 10-year-old finding an old leather-bound book in the home my family was briefly renting; within its musky pages lay much advice on sexual matters, most of which was straightforward and not too prudish. But it was certainly naive. My favorite moment, in retrospect, was the passage describing how one should perform coitus: "The gentleman positions himself between the legs of his wife, which are opened to the point sufficient to admit his presence. Once above her he should rest his weight on his right elbow and utilize his left hand to guide his member into his wife's chamber. Should variety be desired, he may upon occasion rest his weight on his left elbow instead."

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