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Sex, cakes and loads of time knitting – is it any wonder we crave after Regency-era romances?

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Mark it in your diary. At the end of this month, Lady Whistledown will once again get her brush and return to our screens with season two of Bridgerton.

a year, viewers can’t get enough of the candy-colored costumes, the amusing Georgian friends sex scenes, and Regé-Jean Page’s longing gazes.

It was streamed 82 million times in its first four weeks, and it was Netflix’s most successful series until gorefest. Squid fishing game come together.

All of this begs the question: why do we, and women in particular, enjoy regent romances? It was a pretty fitting era to be romantic – given that the land aristocracy made up less than 1pc of England’s total population at the time.

Obviously, Jane Austen is a hell of a writer. Fast-forward more than 200 years, and it is still crystallized in our collective minds as the most magical thing of our time – filled with written letters, secret meetings, horseback riding and love affairs. sex.

We tend to forget the less appealing bits; such as poverty, rigid class systems and gout. Not to mention the widespread syphilis.

This month in America, new dating show Court was broadcast. It sells itself as ‘Bachelorette by Bridgerton‘.

All men must dress as Mr Darcy – in ties and embroidered vests. On their date, they must try to attract a single woman while performing the Sussex Waltz, demonstrating their expertise in light field sports such as croquet or letter practice. France. The skill sets I can’t imagine they’ll be hugely useful at the end of the program.

“Calligraphy is definitely different from sending a ‘What are you doing?’ texting at 2am after a night at the club,” commented one of the contestants. How chivalrous he is!

Obviously, this era has power. Manufacturers of Bridgerton aware of this and raised the score for season two saying that viewers can expect a lot of ‘forbidden super sexy indulgence’.

As if to prove this, last week they released a photo of Viscount Bridgerton emerging from a lake in a see-through shirt. A nod to Colin Firth in BBC’s 1995 Proud and prejudice.

The sodden shirt is off to the side, there are many reasons for people to imagine Bridgerton and a regent-style boyfriend can captivate viewers.

First of all, most Regent Boyfriends (Mr Rochester, Mr Ferrars, Mr Darcy, Duke of Hastings) tend to be very polite. Even when they’re capricious and rude, they’re grotesquely polite.

These men will never call you ‘to laugh’. Oh no, they have manners. As most women know, this respect can be very light, so we appreciate it. Plus, if friends aren’t respected, there’s a tendency for consequences – like a deadly duel (fun!).

Today, the aspirations of female protagonists in regency seem limited; get married, have kids, become an embroiderer, and buy a new embroidery hoop. Even so, all of these women hold some degree of power. This strength could be because their family is cast and they don’t need to buy some cad, or they are amazingly beautiful, and don’t need to be stable for some cad. Or they write a compelling newsletter and don’t need to find a caddie. Whatever the reason, they have power, and we like that.

All couples have an incredible amount of sexual chemistry. This is enhanced by making them do silly things, such as sit on ornate little chairs and talk about the weather before they confess their love. This is fun to watch (and basically the premise of First date).

But for me, the most compelling aspect of the show is the timing. Everything moved in slow motion – as if wading through molasses. The characters seem to do nothing all day but knit, eat neat little piles of cakes, and wander around the walled gardens talking about the hand fan they see in the six-store window last month.

Life doesn’t move like that anymore; Time seems to be forever stuck in the hyperdrive and rushing forward.

All women live in bubbles. A bubble where they do nothing but gossip, talk about parties, fall in love and have great sex with extremely handsome men in a series of historic listed buildings. And then they have time to do all of that again.

Therefore, it may not be too surprising that we keep coming back to them.

Who will play Material Girl?

The search for Madonna continues. The queen of pop, Madonna, has written an autobiographical film to be produced later this year.

Of course, the big question is; Who will play Material Girl? The casting of the movie was named ‘Madonna Bootcamp’ with the actresses being auditioned for 11 hours straight.

These include choreography sessions with Madonna’s choreography, choreography sessions with Madonna, readings with Madonna, as well as vocal auditions. Why didn’t Madge save herself time and trouble, but leave herself?

Snack attack on spooky…

A new dating app Snack, described as ‘Tinder meets TikTok’ for Gen Z, has gained attention for its anti-ghosting technology (they missed a trick when not calling it Ghost technology- busting).

It works by “stripping” the profiles of low performing users. “Singles get reported when they encounter ghosts too often, so the more ghosts you have, the less visible your profile will be,” explains Snack. According to AudienceSnack also allows users to leave user reviews.

Relationship coaches seem to agree that ghosting is the worst; it is humiliating and forgiving ma-ee. You better bite the bullet and tell someone if you don’t click them.

I get all of that. But it still makes me uncomfortable when a dating app is running a star rating for users and getting previous matches to leave a review.

It implies the specter is always driven by malice, or some kind of psychopathological apathy. But sometimes it’s not about that. Sometimes, vampires may be going through their own problems. Or perhaps they forgot to legally end the relationship.

I don’t excuse this behavior but there are explanations. And encouraging people to rate each other doesn’t seem to be the best way forward.

https://www.independent.ie/life/sex-cake-and-loads-of-time-to-crochet-is-it-any-wonder-we-lust-after-regency-romances-41421162.html Sex, cakes and loads of time knitting – is it any wonder we crave after Regency-era romances?

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