Originally Posted by HSG
they would find society and culture in a state of terrible decline. They would rue the severe social and artistic decay that would confront them at every turn:...with masculine values regularly belittled
It may be off topic, but this is SO true. As much as femininity has been suppressed in the past few decades, masculinity has been under assault as well, and for the same misguded, politically-motivated reasons.
It's amazing how much healthier the Victorian notion of manliness was - not surprisingly, since the Victorians simply embraced masculinity in its natural state. Young boys grew up reading literature that post-modernists now condemn as politically incorrect, but was actually wholesome and edifying - like the "Boys' Own Adventures" that appeared in magazines and novels, and then the grow-up equivalents penned by writers like R.M. Ballantyne (The Coral Island
), H. Rider Haggard (King Solomon's Mines
), Ruyard Kipling, etc. These stories taught young men basic principles like courage, self-reliance, resourcefulness, honour, loyalty, and thinking of something bigger than yourself. Plus, they were darned exciting tales.
People today complain about how boys are falling behind in reading and doing poorly at school - well, small wonder, since the kinds of stories that appeal to them, and are in tune with their nature, are suppressed for ideological reasons.
Instead of trying to re-shape young men and women into some kind of unnatural, androgynous beings (as the modern world tries to do), society should consider the possibility that maybe the more natural approach favoured by the Victorians was better after all.
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Anyway, that's tangential. The images in this thread are lovely, and they do testify to a nobler, more beautiful time. But pretty as the pictured girls are, none can hold a candle to Lillian Russell. No wonder Lillian was acknowledged as the reigning beauty of her day. She was to Victorian actresses what Shannon Marie is to plus-size models: no one can rival her beauty.