50’s Spankity-Spank-Spank: Guest Post by Cara Bristol
“Educating His Bride” from CORRECTING THE COEDS
Never much interested in her studies, Margaret Atwater attends college hoping to graduate with an Mrs. degree instead of a bachelor’s. When she catches the eye of English Professor Henry Thurston, she’s thrilled to marry him, drop out of school, and begin a new life as a married woman and faculty wife. However, Henry is a kinky man who has much to teach his eager young bride—in and out of the bedroom. As Mrs. Henry Thurston, Margaret’s education has just begun.
When I set out to write an erotic spanking romance set on a college campus in the 1950s, I wanted it to be historically accurate. I didn’t want to slap a poodle skirt and a pair of saddle shoes on my heroine and then put her in an otherwise modern scenario. I wanted the story to be true to the values and culture of the time.
But how do you write a kinky sex story set in a decade that epitomized wholesomeness? The 1950s seems as clean-cut as a starched white shirt. Even “I Love Lucy” would have you believe married couples slept in separate beds. The emphasis was on family and conformity. Girls were not supposed to have sex before marriage and a girl who did quickly earned herself a bad reputation as a “loose” or “fast” woman. This was the time before birth control pills (the first oral contraceptive wasn’t approved in the US until 1960), so with sex came the problem of unwanted pregnancy.
Couples in the US married at a younger age than at any other time in US history. In 1950 and 1960, the average age of first marriage was 20.3 years for women and 22.8 years for men, compared to 2010 when it was 26.1 for women and 28.2 for men, or 1890 when it was 22.0 for women and 26.1 for men. But sex, it was a happenin’. What people professed to do, and what they actually did behind closed doors were two vastly different things.
For instance, the term “sex symbol” came into usage in the 1950s, the decade that produced sexual icons Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, and Elvis “the Pelvis” Presley. Founded by Hugh Hefner, Playboy magazine debuted in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe as its first nude centerfold.
Biologist and sexologist Alfred Kinsey got people “all shook up” with his reports Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), which discussed taboo subjects like homosexuality and BDSM. According to Kinsey’s reports, heterosexuality was not as “exclusive” as people believed it was.
While Kinsey relied on surveys and self-reports for his data, William Masters and Virginia Johnson observed people having sex in their studies, which began in 1957. In the laboratory, they watched couples having sexual intercourse and masturbating, their research debunking some commonly accepted “facts” about female sexuality and revolutionizing sex therapy.
Against this backdrop, I wrote my story, “Educating His Bride” for CORRECTING THE COEDS a spanking romance collection, which includes stories by Sue Lyndon, Celeste Jones, and Renee Rose. This story is about a young woman’s blossoming sexuality and introduction to kink under the tutelage of her much more experienced husband. It’s hot, erotic, kinky—and as historically accurate as I could make it. ;>
Multi-published, Cara Bristol is the author of more than 20 erotic romance titles. She writes spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine.
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