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The history of sex; the history of us. Erotica, vintage nudes, the dirty secrets of lives past, myths & more. More @ http://www.sex-kitten.net/blog/category/vintage-inspiration/
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The Minnesota Connection (Vintage Prostitution Pulp)

The Minnesota Connection (Vintage Prostitution Pulp) | Sex History | Scoop.it
In January, National Trafficking Awareness Month prompted me to hunt for one of the many books in my sex work history collection which would illustrate that it's the same old story ~ and worse, the...
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Otherwise known as The Sex Trafficking White Slave Trade Stories Never End (Or, The Same Approach After All These Years); history, repeating itself, culture, news...

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Comparing a 70's pulp to today...

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France’s military brothels: Hidden history of the First World War

France’s military brothels: Hidden history of the First World War | Sex History | Scoop.it
Prostitution and war often go hand-in-hand. But this is perhaps most true of the First World War, where even the French government played a part in the sex industry – a legacy that continued almost to up to today.
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Servant of God, or Prostitute?

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The Devadasi, a centuries-old caste of sacred temple priestesses, struggles to have it's own renaissance. One woman leads the way...

 

The origins of the practice are often disputed, but historians agree that in India by the 10th century this caste of sacred temple servants enjoyed great wealth & property as signs of respect & clout.

 

Considered married to the Hindu deities, the Devadasi were talented dancers, singers & even viewed as political advisors. At the core of Devadasi faith is the belief all men are incarnations of the male deities & so in addition to performing sacred temple ceremonies, Devadasis offered sexual services. In the act of making love, a man & a Devadasi enact the sacred marriage of god & goddess which therefore allows them to become divine themselves.

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Victorian Era Prostitutes - Curious History

Victorian Era Prostitutes - Curious History | Sex History | Scoop.it
Victorian-Era Prostitutes
‘Graben’ nymphs: Viennese prostitutes posing. Carte-de-visite-photography. About 1865.
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Heidi Fleiss Gives Tour Of A Swanky New Brothel

Heidi Fleiss Gives Tour Of A Swanky New Brothel | Sex History | Scoop.it

In this clip from "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", Heidi takes cameras inside this newly updated brothel, showing off recent renovations -- ever seen a $6,000 showerhead? -- and revealing plans for the continued renovations to make the brothel even more inviting. Of course, Heidi says, it's been a lot of work to get Dennis Hof's Love Ranch up to her standards.

 

"We bought it from a 200-year-old pimp," Heidi jokes in the clip. "Really, this [brothel] was very similar to a women's penitentiary. Even how you entered: You had to go through all these weird bars and buzzers, and someone's peering out the little peephole, scoping you up and down. It was so dark in here, you had to be escorted with a little flashlight down these hallways. And it was kind of scary... It was really a creepy feeling."

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Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie

Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie | Sex History | Scoop.it

Litigation for Emancipation is a GoFundMe project to raise enough funds to begin a federal court case proposed by Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLER). ESPLER’s legal battle aims to advance our sexual privacy rights by attacking the prostitution law of the state of California on the grounds that morality is not a basis for legislation.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:42 PM

In the video, you'll hear from First Amendment and constitutional rights attorney H. Louis Sirkin about the legal issues and history of prostituion involved in this case.

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Madam Dora DuFran - Prostitution and Marriage on the West Frontier

Madam Dora DuFran - Prostitution and Marriage on the West Frontier | Sex History | Scoop.it

Madam Dora DuFran was one of the most prominent and successful madams in the Old West. Her story is legendary among historians that study the way madams, brothels, and prostitution worked. Madam DuFran was a true entrepreneur and feminist. She knew that to survive the time, she needed to be the best and have the best girls underneath her. She is a true success story of the time as she started off as a prostitute and ended up carrying her own business.

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Poker Alice Tubbs

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The story of Alice Ivers Tubbs, better known as Poker Alice, one of the best gamblers in the Old West, who was rasied in England, educated in borading schools, outlived three husbands, owned a brothel, and shot a man to death.


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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Prostitution In Nevada

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Prostitution In Nevada | Sex History | Scoop.it
A major source of government revenue.
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Gracie Passette's curator insight, March 15, 2013 6:47 PM

Excellent presentation of the history & facts; brief and plenty of photos.

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Sex work among the pre-colonial Akan | the adventures of cosmic ...

Sex work among the pre-colonial Akan | the adventures of cosmic ... | Sex History | Scoop.it
Since I wrote this post on sex work in pre-colonial Igboland, my interest in sex work as it exists (or not) in the history of West African peoples grew immensely.

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Elmer Gantry: A Reason To Get Up In The Morning

Elmer Gantry: A Reason To Get Up In The Morning | Sex History | Scoop.it

What may have begun as the vengeful opportunistic act of a lover scorned (deflowered and left to prostitution) is quickly shown to be more complicated, exposing more than unfinished business but unrequited feelings between the two.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 25, 2013 6:09 PM

Lest you forget, Shirley Jones won an Oscar for her role of prostitute Lulu Bains in this film.

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Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights

Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights | Sex History | Scoop.it

During the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s and the sex wars of the 1980s and 1990s, the struggle to define sex positivity with respect to sex work served a purpose. To say that not all people have a horrendous experience of the sex industry, and that many sex workers value sexuality and see themselves as complex sexual beings as well as sex educators was an important statement to make, and one that had not been spoken before. However, it is essential to put this statement in historical context. To continue making the statement that many sex workers have a good experience of the sex industry without also including those whose experiences are negative and making space for them to speak up reveals a deep doubt about the validity of the sex positive argument. If we believe in the positive power of sexuality, we must also examine what happens when people’s lives are infused with sex negativity, and we must listen and support people with this experience in sharing their personal truths.


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, February 23, 2013 1:45 AM

An excellent article by Audacia Ray. A must read, espescially for privileged (aka white cis females).

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“You’ve been a whore. You’ll never get rid of that name. So be one.” | Cult of Gracie

“You’ve been a whore. You’ll never get rid of that name. So be one.” | Cult of Gracie | Sex History | Scoop.it

Meet the Fokkens, a documentary about Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old twin sisters who have worked in prostitution in in Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District for over fifty years!

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Cross Bones: Graveyard For Prostitutes

Cross Bones: Graveyard For Prostitutes | Sex History | Scoop.it
A post-medieval burial ground in The Borough, Southwark, south London (what is now Redcross Way), believed to have been established originally as an unconsecrated graveyard for "single women," a euphemism for prostitutes...
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