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Basic Trope: A work set in the past, or in a very conservative present-day culture, has very liberal attitudes towards sex and sexuality.

  • Straight: In A Story from the Middle Ages, Alice has sex with several different men, and faces no scorn from other characters for doing so. In Real Life, Slut-Shaming would have been the least of her worries.
  • Exaggerated: Alice openly carries on a relationship with another woman, and no one blinks.
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  • Downplayed: Alice's marriage to Bob consists of her moving into his home, with little to no pomp and circumstance. (i.e. what we today would call "cohabitation," or perhaps "common-law marriage.")
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice becomes pregnant as a result of her having had sex outside of marriage, and her community begins to scorn her.
    • Alice, a Fish out of Temporal Water, visits a very sexually-liberated time and/or place, such as The '70s.
    • Alice is a prostitute, that being the only way she can earn a living after having been divorced.
    • Alice and Bob have a Shotgun Wedding, and Bob makes restitution for the bride price Alice's father would have received if Alice was married off as a virgin.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But soon enough, they forget about it, and the issue is rarely, if ever, mentioned again.
    • Alice has an abortion or a Convenient Miscarriage, or simply has a Shotgun Wedding, and life goes on.
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    • Or, Alice is able to win back the respect of the community somehow.
    • Alice brings back the culture of sexual freedom to her time, and no one protests.
    • But she is a High-Class Call Girl, and widely respected.
    • Alice uses this as a way to be able to pick and choose her marriage partner, in a setting where Arranged Marriage is the norm.
  • Parodied: In A Story from the Middle Ages, Alice is chosen as the first pansexual popess, and celebrates with a ten-day orgy. No one even bats an eye to this.
  • Zig Zagged: Different cultures in the setting have different sexual mores.
  • Averted: Shown Their Work
  • Enforced: Politically Correct History
  • Lampshaded: When Alice marries another woman the couple has their wedding in a Church and it's officiated by a Bishop. The narrator ends the scene by stating "this is so historically accurate!"
  • Implied: Sexual artifacts were found widely distributed throughout archaeological sites.
  • Invoked: The Libertine Towns were founded by malcontents and exiles from more sexually repressive neighbors.
  • Exploited: Alice becomes The Mistress to King Bob the Nth, and increases her status in society.
  • Defied: When word gets out that Alice has been sleeping around, her village (or her family) has her burned at the stake.
  • Discussed: "You know Alice, when you traveled back in time I thought for sure you'd get arrested by the inquisition or thrown in prison. But it seems like nobody minds."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: When traveling through time Alice is puzzled to always see the same three sleazy buildings adapted to the time period.

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