The Rules of the Game: Respectability, Sexuality, and the Femme Mondaine in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris

@article{Plott2002TheRO,
  title={The Rules of the Game: Respectability, Sexuality, and the Femme Mondaine in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris},
  author={M. Plott},
  journal={French Historical Studies},
  year={2002},
  volume={25},
  pages={531 - 556}
}
  • M. Plott
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine, History
  • French Historical Studies
At the end of the nineteenth century, upper-middle-class Parisian women found the rules of respectability flexible enough to allow them to pursue sexual love within marriage—and even outside of it. The appearance of respectability was important; the double standard in judging sexual behavior still existed, and public knowledge of a woman's adultery could result in social ostracism. However, by the end of the century, Parisian society placed a far greater emphasis on preserving appearances than… Expand
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