the things nursemyra finds when she’s trawling the net….. in 1731 a 24 page pamphlet selling for 6d detailed the reasons for the growth of sodomy.
of all the Customs Effeminacy has produc’d, none more hateful and pernicious, than that of the mens Kissing each other. This Fashion was brought over from Italy, (the Mother and Nurse of Sodomy); where the Master is oftner Intriguing with his Page, than a fair Lady And not only in that Country, but in France, which copies from them, the Contagion is diversify’d, and the Ladies (in the Nunneries) are criminally amorous of each other, in a Method too gross for Expression. when I see two Ladies Kissing and Slopping each other, in a lascivious Manner, and frequently repeating it, I am shock’d to the last Degree; but not so much, as when I see two fulsome Fellows Slavering every Time they meet, Squeezing each other’s Hand, and other like indecent Symptoms.
Under this Pretext, Catamites make their preposterous Addresses, even in the Streets; nor can any thing be more shocking, than to see a Couple of Creatures, who wear the Shapes of Men, Kiss and Slaver each other, as is daily practised in our most publick Places without Reproof; because they plead in Excuse, That it is the Fashion. Damn’d Fashion! Imported from Italy amidst a Train of other unnatural Vices.
by opposing all inlets to the Sin of Sodomy I hope the manly and generous Britons*, who yet survive, will take what I saw into Consideration. since the introduction of Italian Operas here our men have grown sadly more and more effeminate
*do they come any more manly than this dear old gent?