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This internet meme has been making the rounds: It claims to be an actual extract from a sex education school textbook for girls printed in the early 60′s in the UK — or the 50′s in Australia, depending on which version you read. Written by a woman, apparently.

“When retiring to the bedroom, prepare yourself for bed as promptly as possible. Whilst feminine hygiene is of the utmost importance, your tired husband does not want to queue for the bathroom, as he would have to do for his train. But remember to look your best when going to bed.

Try to achieve a look that is welcoming without being obvious. If you need to apply face-cream or hair-rollers wait until he is asleep as this can be shocking to a man last thing at night. When it comes to the possibility of intimate relations with your husband it is important to remember your marriage vows and in particular your commitment to obey him. If he feels he has to sleep immediately then so be it. In all things be led by your husband’s wishes, do not pressure him in any way to simulate intimacy. Should your husband suggest congress then agree humbly all the while being mindful that a man’s satisfaction is more important than a woman’s. When he reaches his moment of fulfilment, a small moan from yourself is encouraging to him and quite sufficient to indicate any enjoyment that you may have had.

Should your husband suggest any of the more unusual practices, be obedient and uncomplaining but register any reluctance by remaining silent. It is likely that your husband will then fall promptly asleep so adjust your clothing, freshen up and apply your night time face and hair care products. You may then set the alarm so that you can arise shortly before him in the morning. This will enable you to have his morning cup of tea ready when he awakes.”

It appears in print and you’ll find many references to it on the internet. It must be true, right? Like me, you’re unlikely to find an original citation for this. So why would I post such a sexist piece of humour? I’m guessing somebody (a woman probably, pretending to be a man) can write the the opposite case with equally refreshing humour. Have at it!

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