|Sigmund Freud regarded the Oriental fashion for foot binding as a sexual fetish|
In general, the Victorians' attitude to sex was confused and hypocritical. On the one hand, the Victorian wife was regarded as ‘The Angel in the House.’ On the other, it was not always accepted that sexual activity caused venereal disease. Not infrequently, husbands infected their wives with STDs caught during visits to one of the many brothels that flourished in Victorian times, with disastrous consequences for the whole family. If a sexual liaison resulted in an unwanted pregnancy, it was always the woman who was cast out by society. Leopold Egg's painting, Past and Present (below right) vividly depicts a terrible warning.