echoes of the Old South's fictional queef contests, sionnach. where do you find these gorgeous tidbits?
I heard from a historian that baking bread on Sundays was a necessary process of hand-washing for 19th century women who did housework. apparently their hands would become so thoroughly begrimed from a week of baby-changing and cinder-poking, etc., that nothing short of wet dough would remove the layer of filth.
English damsels of yore used to impress a piece of bread dough with the mark of their nether petals and feed it to their intended in the hopes that eating this "cocklebread" would cause them to succumb.