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Transcript of 17th Century
April 12, 2015
The condom first appeared in the mid-16th century. The condom was made of thin fine linens or animal intestine and finally of rubber. It was first used to protect against diseases in Europe, then was used to prevent pregnancy.
1677-The Egg and Sperm Join
In 1677, Dutch naturalist, Anton van Leeuwenhoek described the sperm as a ,"tiny little man." Some scientists believed that sperm played no part in reproduction, while others claimed that the preformed baby was contained in the female and the sperm served only to activate its development. In 1875, it was demonstrated that the sperm and egg join in order to form a fetus.
17th Century England
Puritan Ministers preach against and outlaw dancing, singing, and theater. Any sexual activities other than procreation are sinful and acts of the devil. Any other sex positions than missionary are looked down upon and there is no sexual activity on Sundays.
19th Century -Victorian Times
Children were believed to have no sexual desires or feelings. While, men were believed to have natural sexual desires and women were believed to have very little. Masturbation was referred to as the ,"secret sin." Devices and machines were created to prevent males from having nocturnal emissions.
Prehistoric people displayed acts of conception through their cave art. Different tribes had different theories on why and how children were created. One theory was that children were gifts from dead ancestors, and sexual activities were solely for pleasure. Also women could become pregnant by sitting over a fire where she had roasted or cooked a fish from the potential father. The philosopher, Aristotle, theorized that human fetuses were formed from a mixture of menstrual blood and semen.
The diaphragm was perfected by German physician Mensinga. This form of birth control did not become popular in the United States until after World War I. Oral contraceptive research became widespread in the 1950's and was first approved for legal and public use in the 1960's.
Women have progressed throughout history profoundly. Beginning as the property of their fathers and husbands into now being seen in several parts of the world as equals among men. This came to be by events like The women’s suffrage movement in the 19th century and the addition of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote.
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