As a result, Mosher’s research adds to the complex picture of Victorian women’s sexuality in ways that continue to challenge modern stereotypes. Worthen is an Associate Professor of Sociology and elected faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma.
Perhaps her research is worthy of an “M-Day” celebration…only time will tell. Her work examines feminism, gender, deviance and LGBTQ identities.
In fact, it is much more likely that Mosher’s Victorian sex survey (and not Kinsey’s) is actually the very first scientific investigation of American women’s sexuality.
So why don’t we celebrate “M-Day” instead of “K-Day”?
Some examples of naturalised (tadbhava) words of Prakrit origin in Kannada are: baṇṇa (color) derived from vaṇṇa, hunnime (full moon) from puṇṇivā.
Examples of naturalized Sanskrit words in Kannada are: varṇa (color), arasu (king) from rajan, paurṇimā, and rāya from rāja (king).
The scholar Iravatham Mahadevan indicated that Kannada was already a language of rich oral tradition earlier than the 3rd century BCE, and based on the native Kannada words found in Prakrit and Tamil inscriptions of that period, Kannada must have been spoken by a widespread and stable population. The sources of influence on literary Kannada grammar appear to be three-fold: Pāṇini's grammar, non-Paninian schools of Sanskrit grammar, particularly Katantra and Sakatayana schools, and Prakrit and Tamil grammar.
Literary Prakrit and Tamil seems to have prevailed in Karnataka since ancient times.
Steever, its history can be conventionally divided into three periods: Old Kannada (Halegannada) from 450–1200 CE, Middle Kannada (Nadugannada) from 1200–1700, and Modern Kannada from 1700 to the present.
Mosher, an accomplished scholar with an extensive publication record on women’s health, conducted interviews with 45 women.
She asked them about their sexual attitudes and practices and found that sexual expression was both common and enjoyable for these Victorians.
Because Mosher’s research was locked away in a dusty, forgotten file box in the basement archives of Stanford University—that is until Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Carl Degler unearthed it in the 1970s.
When Degler stumbled upon the files, his astonishing finding revealed not only never-before-seen nuanced details about the sex lives of Victorian women, but also, the existence of the oldest sex survey in American history predating Alfred Kinsey’s well-known research by several decades (98% of the women surveyed in Mosher’s study were born before 1890).