Masturbation at one time was seen as a possible cause of insanity, doctors also believed that masturbation could be a symptom of insanity. They thought that once human reason had left the mind, that animal passions would be uncontrollable and many humans indulged in masturbation as a result. A myriad of reasons or symptoms were behind patients being admitted to insane asylums back in the 1800s. I am probably going to lose a lot of readers for this, but my eyes focused on Venereal Excess, so I picked this topic to discuss. The people living in the Victorian period were very different from what we are today, so let’s see what I can find out. A list of reasons of why people were institutionalized was compiled from the log book of the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane, and most of these reasons seem like a joke.
I have heard of syphilis driving people insane and I think that is what happened to Al Capone. It must have been horrible having to live in an asylum back then and being locked up because the experts didn’t know the proper medical treatment for these people. A lot of women were locked up after being diagnosed with Hysteria, which might just mean they experienced great excitement, but any behavior in the Victorian age that seemed abnormal was considered a medical disorder. It was easy to say that something that you didn’t fully understand was a mental health issue.
It is a dirty job, but somebody had to do it. Masturbation and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), which may stem from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are two topics that people are often reluctant to discuss. Sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs and STDs) are transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual contact. Charles-Paul Diday specialized in research of venereal disease, particularly congenital syphilis. In order to prevent the spread of venereal disease in France, Diday advocated mandatory distribution of condoms in houses of prostitution. In 1883, he wrote A Treatise on Syphilis in New-Born Children and Infants at the Breast, which was considered a landmark work on congenital syphilis. This etiology, pathology and treatment of the diseases resulting from venereal excesses, masturbation and continence was the first of its kind. It’s not possible to get a sexually transmitted infection from masturbating with objects. However, infections can be spread if the objects are shared and someone has an infection. If you don’t have an STD, you can’t get one from masturbating. The only exception to that is if you’re using an infected sex toy to masturbate with, as condoms can be used on toys that go into the vagina or anus.
Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia (which is the most commonly reported bacterial STI in the United States), gonorrhoea (which used to be known as the clap), herpes simplex virus (usually transmitted by kissing or oral sex) and syphilis (sores typically on your genitals, rectum or mouth) commonly come with rectal symptoms like anal pain, and bleeding. If you engage in any type of unprotected anal sex which includes rimming (oral-anal sex) as well as anal fingering STI transmission is possible. Ok, I think that I dug deep enough into this topic and since by now, everyone of my readers has disappeared, and I will probably never get another reader on any of my posts, I am done with my investigation.
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt which is hosted by Sara from relaxitsallwrite which today is Victorian Age Reasons for Admissions into a mental institution.