Instruction and advice for the
young bride on the conduct and procedure of the intimate and personal
relationships of the marriage state for the Greater Spiritual Sanctity
of this Blessed Sacrament and the Glory of God.
To the sensitive young woman who has had the benefits of proper
upbringing, the wedding day is, ironically, both the happiest and most
terrifying day of her life. On the positive side, there is the wedding
itself, in which the bride is the central attraction in a beautiful and
inspiring ceremony, symbolizing her triumph in securing a male to
provide for all her needs for the rest of her life. On the negative
side, there is the wedding night, during which the bride must pay the
piper, so to speak, by facing for the first time the terrible experience
At this point, dear reader, let me concede one shocking truth. Some
young women actually anticipate the wedding night ordeal with curiosity
and pleasure! Beware such an attitude! A selfish and sensual husband can
easily take advantage of such a bride. One cardinal rule of marriage
should never be forgotten: GIVE LITTLE, GIVE SELDOM, AND ABOVE ALL, GIVE
GRUDGINGLY. Otherwise what could have been a proper marriage could
become an orgy of sexual lust.
On the other hand, the bride's terror need not be extreme. While sex is
at best revolting and at worst rather painful, it has to be endured, and
has been by women since the beginning of time, and is compensated for by
the monogamous home and by the children produced through it.
It is useless, in most cases, for the bride to prevail upon the groom to
forego the sexual initiation. While the ideal husband would be one who
would approach his bride only at her request and only for the purpose of
begetting offspring, such nobility and unselfishness cannot be expected
from the average man.
Most men, if not denied, would demand sex almost every day. The wise
bride will permit a maximum of two brief sexual experiences weekly
during the first months of marriage. As time goes by she should make
every effort to reduce this frequency. Feigned illness, sleepiness, and
headaches are among the wife's best friends in this matter. Arguments,
nagging, scolding, and bickering also prove very effective, if used in
the late evening about an hour before the husband would normally
commence his seduction.
Clever wives are ever on the alert for new and better methods of denying
and discouraging the amorous overtures of the husband. A good wife
should expect to have reduced sexual contacts to once a week by the end
of the first year of marriage and to once a month by the end of the
fifth year of marriage.
By their tenth anniversary many wives have managed to complete their
child bearing and have achieved the ultimate goal of terminating all
sexual contacts with the husband. By this time she can depend upon his
love for the children and social pressures to hold the husband in the
Just as she should be ever alert to keep the quantity of sex as low as
possible, the wise bride will pay equal attention to limiting the kind
and degree of sexual contacts. Most men are by nature rather perverted,
and if given half a chance, would engage in quite a variety of the most
revolting practices. These practices include among others performing the
normal act in abnormal positions; mouthing the female body; and offering
their own vile bodies to be mouthed in turn.
Nudity, talking about sex, reading stories about sex, viewing
photographs and drawings depicting or suggesting sex are the obnoxious
habits the male is likely to acquire if permitted. A wise bride will
make it the goal never to allow her husband to see her unclothed body,
and never allow him to display his unclothed body to her. Sex, when it
cannot be prevented, should be practiced only in total darkness.
Many women have found it useful to have thick cotton nightgowns for
themselves and pajamas for their husbands. These should be donned in
separate rooms. They need not be removed during the sex act. Thus, a
minimum of flesh is exposed.
Once the bride has donned her gown and turned off all the lights, she
should lie quietly upon the bed and await her groom. When he comes
groping into the room she should make no sound to guide him in her
direction, lest he take this as a sign of encouragement. She should let
him grope in the dark. There is always the hope that he will stumble and
incur some slight injury which she can use as an excuse to deny him
When he finds her, the wife should lie as still as possible. Bodily
motion on her part could be interpreted as sexual excitement by the
If he attempts to kiss her on the lips she should turn her head slightly
so that the kiss falls harmlessly on her cheek instead. If he attempts
to kiss her hand, she should make a fist. If he lifts her gown and
attempts to kiss her anyplace else she should quickly pull the gown back
in place, spring from the bed, and announce that nature calls her to the
toilet. This will generally dampen his desire to kiss in the forbidden
If the husband attempts to seduce her with lascivious talk, the wise
wife will suddenly remember some trivial non-sexual question to ask him.
Once he answers she should keep the conversation going, no matter how
frivolous it may seem at the time. Eventually, the husband will learn
that if he insists on having sexual contact, he must get on with it
without amorous embellishment.
The wise wife will allow him to pull the gown up no farther than the
waist, and only permit him to open the front of his pajamas to thus make
connection. She will be absolutely silent or babble about her housework
while he's huffing and puffing away. Above all, she will lie perfectly
still and never under any circumstances grunt or groan while the act is
As soon as the husband has completed the act, the wise wife will start
nagging him about various minor tasks she wishes him to perform on the
morrow. Many men obtain a major portion of their sexual satisfaction
from the peaceful exhaustion immediately after the act is over. Thus the
wife must insure that there is no peace in this period for him to enjoy.
Otherwise, he might be encouraged to soon try for more.
One heartening factor for which the wife can be grateful is the fact
that the husband's home, school, church, and social environment have
been working together all through his life to instill in him a deep
sense of guilt in regards to his sexual feelings, so that he comes to
the marriage couch apologetically and filled with shame, already half
cowed and subdued. The wise wife seizes upon this advantage and
relentlessly pursues her goal first to limit, later to annihilate
completely her husband's desire for sexual expression.
Reprinted from The Madison Institute
Newsletter, Fall Issue, 1894
by Ruth Smythers, beloved wife of The Reverend L.D. Smythers, Pastor of
the Arcadian Methodist Church of the Eastern Regional Conference
Published in the year of our Lord 1894 Spiritual Guidance Press New York