Piano legs bared — but we’re no better off

Piano legover

Gone forever, points out Dalrymple, are things like

  • the covering of piano legs in order to preserve the purity of the thoughts of men in the drawing room
  • unhealthy concealment
  • the application of cruel and cumbersome devices to children to prevent masturbation
  • prudish circumlocutions

The trouble is,

enlightened as we believe ourselves to be, a golden age of contentment has not dawned — far from it.

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