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Letters from Laura and Eveline

by Justin O'Hearn

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How do you rate Victorian erotica? I asked this question when reviewing [b:Sins of the Cities of the Plain|119666|Sins of the Cities of the Plain|Jack Saul|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347797205s/119666.jpg|115215] and I still don't have an answer. But I'll say that this book is fascinating if you are curious about conventions of Victorian pornography and historical questions of gender identity and expression. Trans fantasy is such an important part of Laura & Eveline's sexuality, as well as that of their partners. I'll proceed with caution here, as pornography is generally always far removed from reality, but the book gives insight to some of the ways in which trans people might have parsed their sexuality through/despite the reigning gender/sex hierarchies. Books like these are important to preserve because we must dispel the myth that the Victorians didn't understand sexual variances and that they didn't have an entirely bawdy underground across classes. This book in particular is highly relevant in light of contemporary transphobia that declaims transgender as a modern fad, which couldn't be further from the truth.
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