When agony aunts actually offered useful advice

The pre-Victorian agony aunts and uncles could be surprisingly liberal and outspoken. Dunton once advised a woman fearing a lonely old age to get herself down to the docks when the fleet was in and hook a sex-starved sailor. Nothing simpler.

3 comments on “When agony aunts actually offered useful advice

  1. Well, I am not sure how to put this delicately, that would be useful advice if she wanted a quick shag but would it do anything for her lonely old age? Assuming she had one when the real risk of a life-ending STD is taken into account.

    I mean, sailors, they ain’t going to be around much and they are not exactly the most reliable of husbands are they? Not to mention the STDs again and the perils of the demon drink.

    Presumably she would also not just want any man but a quality man. Members of my family has worked ships and docks since time began but even I would be hard pressed to recommend a sailor.

  2. I’m sure sailors of the time were excellent husbands. After all, they were reputed to have a wife in every port.

  3. women feared ‘lonely old age’ because husbands usually died first.
    Did not Shakespeare refer to ‘ a widows chastity’ as a coin of low value.

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