the birds and the bees

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 28 23:06:49 UTC 2011

It depends what is meant by colonial. Certainly the pilgrims and Dutch
settlers did not have the luxury. Even 16th century Dutch homes failed
to allow for the possibility. This had not been completely remedied by
the Dutch until the 18th century, but for the English, it largely
depended on class and income. See Rybczynski's Home for details ( )


On 9/28/2011 4:53 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM, Jonathan Lighter
> <wuxxmupp2000 at>  wrote:
>> Colonial parents
> Did the ordinary colonial 'rental unit enjoy the kind of privacy that
> would have permitted them to keep sexual intercourse a secret till the
> chidren were approaching puberty?
> --
> -Wilson

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