Medieval lingerie
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Ecouterre:
Archaeologists have unearthed several 600-year-old bras that experts say could rewrite fashion history. While they’ll hardly send pulses racing by today’s standards, the lace-and-linen underpinnings predate the invention of the modern brassiere by hundreds of years. Found hidden under the floorboards of Lengberg Castle in Austria’s East Tyrol, along with some 2,700 textile remains and one completely preserved pair of (presumably male) linen underpants, the four intact and two fragmented specimens are believed to date to the 15th century, a hypothesis scientists later confirmed through carbon-dating...

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 Pornsick arhaeologists?
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“The Earliest Pornography” says Science Now, describing the 35,000 year old ivory figurine that’s been dug up in a cave near Stuttgart. The tiny statuette is of a female with exaggerated breasts and vulva. According to Paul Mellars, one of the archaeologist twits who commented on the find for Nature, this makes the figurine “pornographic.” Nature is even titling its article, “Prehistoric Pin Up.”

It’s the Venus of Willendorf double standard all over again. Ancient figures of naked pregnant women are interpreted by smirking male archaeologists as pornography, while equally sexualized images of men are assumed to depict gods or shamans. Or even hunters or warriors. Funny, huh?...

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 Lysistrata
Wikipedia:
Lysistrata is one of the few surviving plays written by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end The Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace, a strategy however that inflames the battle between the sexes. The play is notable for its exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society and for its use of both double entendre and explicit obscenities. The dramatic structure represents a shift away from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career...

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 Sally Rand's Nude Ranch
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Ah, what's not to like about a little 1930s semi-nude wild west action. The whole story at Bison Bill's Weird West. Via Gloria Brame.
Fort Worth, 1936. Famed burlesque queen Sally Rand is invited to town to stage what will become the most popular show at the Frontier Exposition: Sally Rand’s Nude Ranch. Sally recruits cowgirls from all over the Lone Star State . . .

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 Aristotle and Phyllis
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Found on Eros Blog
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 Common old-fashioned fuck
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A whorehouse menu. Found on aag.
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 Bomber girls
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Sensuality in bomber nose art.
Nose art for the crew was a personalized reference to a piece of military hardware. You are trusting your life to the plane to get you back safely. You have to go through enemy territory.… So nose art brought the crew together. It provided a signature for the unit. By putting a girl on a plane, the crews felt they were protected on their way out to bomb and patrol. It inspired the crews and gave them a sense of belonging to an organized team. The main purpose, I guess, was to inspire the crews to have faith they’d be coming back...

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 Mussolini's sex diary
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At the peak of his power, thousands of letters arrived every day from women begging Mussolini to sleep with them - one teacher from Piedmont even wrote pleading that he deflower her on her wedding night.

The letters were sorted into 'known' or 'new' categories.

After background checks by his policemen on the 'new' women, they were passed on to the great man himself, who'd pick out any that caught his eye - generally, the older women with big breasts and powerful hips - and have them summoned to the Palazzo Venezia.

It meant a busy schedule and, like Napoleon, he didn't waste time.

Trysts took place in the afternoon, usually on a stone window seat, the carpet or against a wall, and - according to one former lover - ended without ceremony, 'coffee, liqueur or even a piece of cake'.

Meanwhile, Claretta sat waiting for him in her apartments, listening to Chopin and miserably eating sweets.

According to one man servant, from the moment he moved into the Palazzo in September 1929 until the collapse of his regime in July 1943, Mussolini had sex with a different woman nearly every day...

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 The longest kiss
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Found on Secrets of a Geisha. From Flickr
In 1946, Alfred Hitchcock got around the censors by having Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman take a series of little kisses, for a long period of time in "Notorious". Hitch broke the Hollywood censor record then, for the longest kiss scene in Hollywood history. The censors were outraged, but he did not break their rules, and so this scandalous scene is remembered as one of the first sexy scenes of the silver screen. What is remarkable about it is that Ingrid's character, the brazen German Siren Alicia, is aggressively doing the seducing, which is not a normal sterotype for that time...

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 Byron in Love
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Not many writers furnish enough material for a biography focused entirely on their love lives. In his short life (1788-1824), George Gordon, Lord Byron, managed to cram in just about every sort of connection imaginable—unrequited pinings galore; affairs with aristocrats, actresses, servants, landladies, worshipful fans, and more in almost as many countries as appear on Don Giovanni's list; plus countless one-offs with prostitutes and purchased girls; a brief, disastrous marriage; and an incestuous relationship with his half-sister. And that's just the women! It's a wonder he found the time, considering everything else on his plate. He composed thousands of pages of dazzling poetry, traveled restlessly on the continent and in the Middle East, maintained complex relationships with friends and hangers-on, wrote letters and kept diaries and read books constantly, boxed and took fencing lessons and swam, drank (prodigiously), suffered bouts of depression and paranoia and physical ill-health, and, in his later years, joined in Italian and Greek liberation struggles. Just tending the menagerie that he liked to have about him—monkeys, parrots and macaws, dogs, a goat, a heron, even, while he was a student at Cambridge, a bear—would have driven a lesser man to distraction...

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 The last eunuch
Reuters:
Only two memories brought tears to Sun Yaoting's eyes in old age -- the day his father cut off his genitals, and the day his family threw away the pickled remains that should have made him a whole man again at death.

China's last eunuch was tormented and impoverished in youth, punished in revolutionary China for his role as the "Emperor's slave" but finally feted and valued, largely for outlasting his peers to become a unique relic, a piece of "living history."

He had stories of the tortuous rituals of the Forbidden City, Emperor Pu Yi's last moments there and the troubled puppet court run by the Japanese during the 1930s. He escaped back to the heart of a civil war, became a Communist official and then a target of radical leftists before being finally left in peace...

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 Sex in the middle ages
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The Church even dictated how you were supposed to have sex. Anything other than the common “missionary position,” for example, was considered unnatural and therefore a sin, according to the Church. The woman on top position, or entering her from the rear (sex a tergo) were not favored because they interfered with the natural order of male-female roles. Anal and oral sex were sins because they could only be practiced for pleasure, not procreation, which for the purists was the only purpose of sex.

Punishments for those using “deviant” sexual positions could be very harsh: three years' penance for the woman on top and the same for both oral intercourse and sex a tergo, which was generally seen as the most sinful position ... with the possible exception of anal intercourse.

These were the official ideas of the Church, but some “progressive” theologians began to question these ideas. Albertus Magnus named five sexual positions and ranked them from most acceptable to least acceptable: 1) missionary, 2) side-by-side, 3) sitting, 4) standing and 5) a tergo. Magnus said the missionary was the only completely "natural" position; the others were "morally questionable but not mortally sinful. In certain situations, however, (such as extreme obesity), these other positions could be not only acceptable but even practical...

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 Seeking Pleasure Far From Home
Wall Street Journal:
A Dutch-Japanese phrase book, compiled in 1770 for a trade legation from Holland -- the only Westerners permitted to reside on Japanese soil by the xenophobic shoguns -- had a mere 80 phrases. Its brevity suggests a paring down to the absolute essentials of speech needed to get by with the locals. Yet eight of the phrases -- an eye-catching 10% of the total -- pertained to hiring the services of female companions. These included a scripted exchange that would not be out of place in one of the more free- wheeling modern guidebooks for Western travelers to Thailand, say, or the Philippines: "Do you like that girl? / Yes, I like her a great deal. / Would you like me to make appropriate arrangements? / Yes, please do." One can almost picture bewhiskered Dutch lips smacking in a most un-burgher-like anticipation.

The Dutch legation was confined to a small island off the Nagasaki harbor. But the Japanese authorities -- sensitive to the basic needs even of hairy, barbarian Christian men -- allowed courtesans from the Maruyama pleasure quarter of Nagasaki to visit the Dutchmen. Occasionally the Dutch were taken on excursions to Maruyama itself, always with an official Japanese escort. "Imagine," Richard Bernstein writes, "a delegation of Japanese traders in France being escorted by Louis XIV's police to an elegant Parisian brothel." This, he observes, would have been inconceivable, even if there had been Japanese traders in Europe at the time, because Eastern sexuality "was a world apart from the sexual culture of Europe."...

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 Joyce the Pervert
picture James Joyce was not just a great author, but a great pervert. That we can learn about from the letters he exchanged with his wife Nora. See my previous post here. And now, an article in Filthy Gorgeous Things. Some of it is not necessarily appetizing, but here's a good passage:
"I wish you would smack me or flog me even. Not in play, dear, in earnest and on my naked flesh.... I would love to be whipped by you, Nora love!...to hear you call me into your room and then to find you sitting in an armchair with your fat thighs apart and your face deep red with anger and a cane in your hand.” He tells her, "I will lick the lips of my darling's cunt...I will luck up faster and faster like a ravenous dog until your cunt is a mass of slime and your body wriggling wildly.”
(Via Spanking Blog and Eros Blog)
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 Ancient nudity
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If human culture seems obsessed with sex lately, it's nothing new. Archaeologists have discovered the oldest known artistic representation of a woman - a carved ivory statue of a naked female, dating from 35,000 years ago.

The figurine, unearthed in September 2008 in Hohle Fels Cave in southwestern Germany, may be the oldest known example of figurative art, meaning art that is supposed to represent and resemble a real person, animal or object. The discovery could help scientists understand the origins of art and the advent of symbolic thinking, including complicated language.

"If there's one conclusion you want to draw from this, it's that an obsession with sex goes back at least 35,000 years," University of Cambridge anthropologist Paul Mellars told LiveScience. He was not involved in the new finding. "But if humans hadn't been largely obsessed with sex they wouldn't have survived for the first 2 million years. None of this is at all surprising."...

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