Modern scholars tend to spread a myth that in western culture, women were thought of by the public as sexually ignorant through all of history up until just recently. It is often quite surprising for most people to find out that in 1674 Britain, a popular petition was sent into circulation claiming to represent “The Humble Petitions and Address of Several Thousands of Buxome Good-Women, Languishing in Extremity of Want.”
Coffee, introduced in England in the late 1600s to turn men away from the addiction of liquor, may have helped increase work production but caused such unhealthy sexual effects among men that women largely opposed the use of it.
The petition, worth reading in full, contains such harsh (and funny) attacks against men’s sexual performances as:
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So unfit they are for Action, that like young Train-band-men when called upon Duty, their Ammunition is wanting; peradventure they Present, but cannot give Fire, or at least do but flash in the Pan, instead of doing executions.