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I've been off doing research for a Victorian short story I'm writing. I luuvvvv doing research. This is one of the books I read. Tell me what you think:
A history of make-up by Maggie Angeloglou
rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really liked this book - it was interesting as well as helpful for research. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because some of the more ... controversial? ... statements had no citations to back them up.
Did you know Victorian women engaged in nipple piercing?
There is a quote which backs this up, saying how pleasurable it is, from what is described as a primary source magazine, but the name of said magazine is not given (nor the date of the issue).
Maybe it's just me, but for something that shocking, I would have at least given the name and date of the source material - in a footnote if nothing else.
It is difficult to believe that a middle-class, Victorian lady (who was, I believe, the target audience for such magazines) would do such a thing, or that a publisher would encourage her so to do.
Maybe a Victorian prostitute would, but why would a Victorian prostitute be writing in to a magazine?
I would love to get my hands on whatever the primary source material was. If anyone has ever come across references to nipple-piercing during Victorian times, please let me know.
It would be fun to use in a story, but I'm afraid the reader would throw the book against the wall, shouting No Way!