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Top American History Moments - I'm Not Done Yet Motherfuckers

- Thomas Jefferson having a mockingbird named Dick

- Andrew Jackson’s parrot being kicked out of his funeral because it wouldn’t stop saying ‘fuck’

- Andrew Jackson beating the shit out of his would-be assassin with a cane

- Andrew Jackson throwing a huge public party in the White House for his inauguration and having to sneak out because it got out of hand. He could only sneak back in when someone got the idea to move all the alcohol outside.

- John Laurens getting out of bed at Valley Forge and hitting his head on the ceiling

- Ben Franklin wanting the national bird to be the turkey

- Caleb Brewster’s reason for joining the continental army basically being that he just wanted to kick some ass and have some fun

- Caleb Brewster signing his name in big letters on spy reports for the Culper Ring

- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton going on a fishing trip together, for Washington’s health

- gay brothels being called “Molly Houses”

- Benedict Arnold ploughing through 337 pages of William Blackstone’s “Commentaries” just to find the word militia for a secret code

- baby farmers (this is some crazy shit look it up)

- Thomas Jefferson having a ram that he called “An abominable animal”. It killed a young boy on the White House lawn.

- Aaron Burr having to ban snacks from the senate floor

- George Washington refusing to respond to a British letter because they didn’t address him correctly

- Aaron Burr being attacked by bedbugs and then proceeding to sleep on the floor for five hours

- Thomas Jefferson being a frat boy in college

- Alexander Hamilton being reported dead after going to burn barns and then showing up hours later soaking wet because he fell into a river

- Martha Washington outliving four children and two husbands and still saying that the worst day of her life was when Thomas Jefferson came to visit

A skim through Liza Picard’s book on London circa. 1740-1770. RE: middle/upper class men. RE: RE: Their sex habits:

• Samuel Johnson was accosted by a “woman of the town” on the Strand (so many men at this time get accosted by a pretty sex worker on the Strand and I think they must have KNOWN that it was often where prostitutes went to curb-crawl but they still insist on complaining) one night, in what he calls the usual enticing manner. He didn’t fancy her, though, so he said “No, no, my girl. It will not do” which, of course, is exactly the way one should reject sex.

• Bagnios and brothels: there is, apparently, a difference. A brothel was a brothel, usually fairly low-class but still popular amongst all classes of gentlemen because the girls were merry, fun, and pretty, albeit lacking in refinement. A bagnio was a brothel but it also doubled as Turkish swimming baths and as a posh café/restaurant. So you could have a wash, massages, shag and a nice meal all in one. The women at bagnios for the most part tended to be higher class courtesans. The most famous bagnio in London at this time was called The Turk’s Head in Chancery Lane. Most men weren’t choosy but one man, M. Grosley, wrote that he was not in the mood to visit “warehouses” (a simple brothel) and would always choose bagnios.

• Harris’ Guide to Covent Garden Ladies. The prostitution manual of the day, a guide to London’s sex workers and their various talents. Apparently, you could purchase it in ANY bookshop for around 2 shillings and sixpence.

• Casanova on London’s Bagnios: “I visited the bagnios where a rich man can sup, bathe and sleep with a fashionable courtesan, of which there are many in London. It makes a magnificent debauch and costs only six guineas. We went to see the well known procuress, Mrs. Wells, and saw the celebrated courtesan, Kitty Fisher, who was waiting for the Duke of —- to take her to a ball. She had on diamonds worth 5,000 francs! She had eaten a banknote worth 1000 guineas on a slice of bread and button that very day (or so she said)” (Harlots fans, don’t you think it’s now doubly plausible that Casanova could be in Season 2, since it’s set in the years he visited London and he met a procuress called Mrs. Wells?)

• Even though there are fashionable courtesans abound in London that contemporaries comment on observing, one can also see the negative effect that sex work has on women. A Scotsman named Smollett wrote that he had seen naked wretches in rags and filth, huddled together in a dark alley, probably suffering from some kind of venereal disease that had brought them low and had them kicked out of their respective brothels. He said that he knew for a fact that many of them, only months before, had been amongst the fashionable set of society.

• Women prisoners or women living in houses of correction (like the Bridewell) often had to or were forced to prostitute themselves to their prison guards, who often said that these women were their very own seraglio. Men off the street could visit too and have a woman for a small fee. Thank goodness Elizabeth Fry came along a few decades later to reform women’s prisons.

• One of the places one could go if one was looking for mollyhouses AKA brothels for gay men, was Devereux Court in the Temple; apparently, it was a popular haunt.

• Contemporaries write of an occurrence when the parish constables came to search the disorderly houses (brothels) of Covent Garden earlier than expected so the ladies were still in the middle of dressing. They managed to talk their way out of any punishment because the parish constables were too impressed by their breasts to do anything.

• “Fanny Hill” by John Cleland was the most famous pornographic work of its day but it was banned by authorities mainly because Fanny never actually repents of her sins. This didn’t mean it wasn’t read and hankered after however. Apparently, the young Duke of Wellington managed to pack NINE WHOLE COPIES OF it when he went to India.

• Men often had a hard time forming coherent sentences around women, or so they said, because female stays could be pulled down to reveal as much of the bosom as possible; which was quite a lot as they often pulled them right down to just above their nipples. “A state of deshabille” said M. Grosley.

• Contraception: we know that condoms were around but what about the age of “contraception” of coitus interruptus? Georgian men described it thusly: ‘to make a coffee-house of a woman’s privities; to go in and out and spend nothing.“ Charming, as per.

• Men liked to show off their pretty mistresses as much as possible as well as take them on 18th century date nights and where else to do just that than in the various bourgeoisie amusements around London? You could take your girl to the boxing, to do some gambling, to go swimming, to the theatre, to watch a cockfight, to a pleasure garden, for a carriage ride around the park, or if you were feeling really, really generous…..a trip to the lottery office.

• AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: there was a huge barge on the Thames called The Folly that marketed itself as a restaurant and place with the best view of the city. But the second floor apartments doubled as a brothel. Apparently, lecherous Mr. James Boswell never quite got far enough down Westminster Bridge (too many pretty girls) to find out about it.

Male Brothel AU || Open to All!

Kurt sighed shifting in the room he was currently waiting in, waiting for the man who is renting him out for the night. For as long as Kurt could remember this was all he was good for and now here was his chance to please another man by being the perfect bottom he could. When the door opened Kurt was laying on the bed casually already in nothing but a pair of skin tight leather pants with a collar around his neck smiling softly. He wasn’t going to say or do anything until he was given an order to so for now he stayed up on the bed keeping his gaze adverted being a perfect sub, but then again that is why people liked him because he was such a perfect sub.  

What up I got a big cock

Context: we’re playing a homebrew game. I’m a half mimic training to be a cleric and I never talk, and have a very go with the flow wondering personality so I leave the group often. So the party and I are resting in a town, gathering information getting supplies and finding quests. I ask the DM What’s around the town so I can explore.

DM: well there’s a building next to the tavern. And-
Me: alright. I go there.
DM: I didn’t finish. But okay. You reach the door what now?
Me:…. I want to treat it like a club. Are there any chickens, or roosters around?
DM: no? Why?
Me: I want her to go in and tell ‘what up I got a big cock!’
DM: well. No animals. But the door is unlocked.
Me: I kick down the door, and mutter words, making up a spell. *rolls nat 20*
DM: your spell has successfully turned this wooden door into a giant rubber dildo.
Raynea (me): what up I got a big cock!
DM: Three men run out in front of the door and you realize you’re in a gay brothel.
Raynea: oh. Well. Um. Here. *hands the dildo to one of the gay guys*
DM: his eyes widen then runs into a room and shuts the door. You hear moaning shortly after.

The Case of the White Swan

So, I was researching stuff about Oscar Wilde, because I love gay history and I figured I can catch references that will be made to the 1895 trial in the special. I veered off track a bit, and I started reading about The Vere Street Scandal of 1810. The first two paragraphs of the wiki article entitled ‘The Vere Coterie’ say this:

The Vere Street Coterie were a group of men arrested at a molly house in Vere Street, London in 1810 for sodomy and attempted sodomy. Eight men were eventually convicted. Two of them were hanged (as per the then still extant sodomy laws promulgated by Henry VIII in 1534) and six were pilloried for this offence. Along with Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment for a similar offence, this episode was one of the major events in gay history in England during the 19th century.

The White Swan on Vere Street in London was established as a molly-house (that is, a gay club) in early 1810 by two men, James Cook (not the seafarer) and Yardley (full name unknown), who realised the lack of gay brothels in the city offered a business opportunity for them (Yardley claimed to be straight with a wife and purely in it for the money).

Yeah, I’m saying I believe TPLoSH makes direct reference to this.

Case closed.

[Side note: Holmes was almost killed in Vere Street before he and Watson fled to the continent in The Final Problem.]

I’ll present more gay history research in later posts.