The Exposing 40 project is a body positive photography adventure for friends of all shapes and sizes, male or female.
Exposing 40 wants to us to celebrate ourselves and confront our insecurities through beautiful, though-provoking and occasionally silly photos. Although this blog is led by one 40-something woman from South London who also tweets at @exposing40, so far around 20 other beautiful people have participated either as photographer, subject or guest blogger.
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‘Unhallowed Enjoyment’:Masturbation, Vice and Crime in G. W. M. Reynolds’ The Mysteries of London (1844-48) by Stephen Basdeo
Stephen is completing his PhD at Leeds Trinity University in West Yorkshire, UK.
Stephen is interested in all aspects of 18th- and 19th-century social and cultural history, although his research has led him into a few areas of focus, in particular the history of crime, criminal biography. His PhD thesis, however, examines 18th- and 19th-century literary representations of Robin Hood.
Last year, Stephen “discovered” a forgotten 18th-century Robin Hood text. This “discovery” has been featured in several newspapers worldwide. His book on Wat Tyler is forthcoming with Pen and Sword publishing.
You can follow him at @sbasdeo1
George William MacArthur Reynolds’ masterpiece crime novel, The Mysteries of London, serialised between 1844 and 1848, was the biggest-selling of the Victorian era. He was a prolific novelist, and throughout his long career authored over thirty novels, as well as serving as the editor of Reynolds’ Newspaper and Reynolds’ Miscellany. All of the novels and magazines that he authored were sold for a penny, and were easily within the reach of the literate middle classes, as well as some of the more affluent members of the working classes. His stories struck a chord with readers because they were politically radical. They were also sensational, with all of the master villains in each tale usually being high born, and showed the aristocracy in a scandal-ridden light. Along with this, there were healthy doses of violence.