Dopers, I heard many years ago at a keg party or a history class (are they not one and the same?) that the Victorian era fainting couch came about due to harsh restraints on sexuality during the Victorian period. Sex was for reproduction only and women were expected to feign a faint on these couches so that it would not appear that they were taking part in the act.
I was repeating this important bit of trivia last night and my guest called bullshit on me. We retired to the computer room and I couldn’t find a reference to the origin of the Victorian Fainting couch.
Can any dopers back up my story with a link or am I wrong. If I am wrong I still like the story.