Se duc tion,
n. 1. an act or instance of seducing, esp. sexually. 2. the condition of being seduced. 3. a means of seducing; enticement; temptation. (Source: Dictionary.com
"On this day in 1886
, Ohio passes a statute that makes seduction unlawful. Covering all men over the age of 21 who worked as teachers or instructors of women, this law even prohibited men from having consensual sex with women (of any age) who they were instructing. The penalty for disobeying this law ranged from two to 10 years in prison. On many occasions, women used these laws in order to coerce men into marriage. One man in the middle of an 1887 trial that was headed toward conviction proposed to the alleged victim. The trial instantly became a marriage ceremony." (Source: Today in History
When I think of all the Regencies I read, as well as the ones I write, I'm reminded that much of the behavior considered commonplace in the early 19th century would be a crime now.
Labels: 1886, Fact of the Day, Seduction