Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Radical Sexual Views

Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard were part of the Bloomsbury Group. This group of modernist thinkers were very open in their sexual discussions and practices. Homosexuality was not considered as an aberration and was often discussed. Virginia mentions being abused by her step brother in her childhood years and this led her to a fear of sexual contact with men. After initial attempts with Leonard she lived in a celibate marriage. She also had an affair with Vita Sackville-West for a short time. She seems to have been able to handle physical intimacy with women better than with men. While Virginia had a lively interest in discussing sexual matter she was not an active practitioner. Her views on sex were radical compared to the mores of the times.