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In 1800s era one-room houses, how public was sex? Would parents try to find a place away from the kids or was it acceptable to simply do it in front of everyone? In what era did the idea of sex being a private affair begin?

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    Your title says, 1800s, your text says 1700s, and your tagging says 1600s... Please pick one. – Semaphore Dec 10 '17 at 20:27
  • You don't see what happens under the blanket. – knut Dec 10 '17 at 21:43
  • My guess is some didn't care what the kid(s) heard while others waited until they thought the kid(s) were asleep. As for 'sex being a private affair', it seems that for much of human history individuals have had different ideas about this, and that it also depended on cultural mores at any one time. I don't think the last question has a definite era as an answer. – Lars Bosteen Dec 11 '17 at 0:28
  • It was only bad when you weren't married. – John Dee Dec 11 '17 at 4:45
  • @JohnDee Most often it still was good, otherwise they woudln't do it. – Evargalo Dec 11 '17 at 9:36
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"Sex is a private affair" is one of the Human Universals. IOW, most people in most cultures strongly prefer to do it in privacy.

"One-room home" has been the dominant arrangement throughout human history for purely economic reasons. Believe it or not, it was relatively common in the late USSR for 3 generations to share a single room, often separated into semi-private annexes by sheets and/or wardrobes.

This contradiction was resolved by keeping sex to night time, when the kids were, presumably, asleep.

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