Charles Higham, one of her early biographers, went into greater detail, describing an ancient Chinese skill at which she was apparently adept, involving ‘a prolonged and carefully modulated hot oil massage’ and various arts to delay gratification.
She had never had sexual intercourse with either of her first two husbands, she confided; nor had she ever allowed anyone else to touch her below her personal ‘Mason–Dixon line’ — the name given to the border between the Southern and Northern parts of the United States.
Vaginal intercourse is often possible, even when the vagina is shallow.
The ultimate confirmation of womanhood, of course, is to get pregnant — a clear impossibility for those born without a womb.
Along with his air of dependability, this was a key attraction for 30-year-old Wallis.
Still bruised by the shame of her divorce, she was just as eager to make a fresh start in a city where she wasn’t known. They found a temporary house in the West End, and Ernest’s much older sister Maud, who’d also settled in Britain, threw luncheon parties to introduce Wallis to her friends. Quickly, Wallis established a reputation as a successful and unusual hostess who could mix a mean cocktail — or KT, as she called it.
Not only is early marriage often the norm, but so is the urge to dress in a feminising way because of the need to fit into society — and Wallis, of course, first married at 20 and later became famous for her jewels and couture clothes.
Naturally, the rumour mill went into overdrive, helped along by the spurned Thelma Furness.Had it been available in Wallis’s day, it would have dramatically changed her appearance.’There are yet more clues in Wallis’s behaviour.Dr Inglefield explains: ‘The problem for these individuals is: how do you confirm that you’re female if your biological responses are not like other girls?Gradually, the word spread: between the sheets, Wallis Simpson was in fact a femme fatale with legendary talents.She had, according to one speculative study, ‘the ability to make a matchstick feel like a cigar’.