Oops! Just noticed Tracy had answered my question.
As for poor women being embarassed hanging out their 'rags' a couple of centuries ago: I don't think it bothered them. The lower classes knew about sex, periods and other facts of life and were not embarassed discussing and joking about them. The upper classes knew, but did not openly discuss or printed those facts. They saved them for the Regency and Victorian equivalents of locker room or girl talk.