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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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Dr. Samuel Johnson’s “insane thoughts on fetters and hand-cuffs” » The History of BDSM

Dr. Samuel Johnson’s “insane thoughts on fetters and hand-cuffs” » The History of BDSM | Sex History | Scoop.it

In researching the history of consensual sadomasochism, there isn’t a comprehensive body of knowledge to draw upon, no established canon of reference works, no Journal of Sadomasochistic Studies.

 

Instead, I have data points: case studies, books (often anonymous), anecdotes, images, etc. I’ll admit that sometimes what is and isn’t a data point is decided on the “I know it when I see it” principle. Connecting those points requires a certain amount of guesswork and judgment calls.

 

For example: Dr. Samuel Johnson, English man of letters of the Enlightenment, and his relationship with his close friend Hester Thrale.  The latter’s posthumous effects, sold at auction in 1823, included a padlock and fetters. Thrale identified it as “Johnson’s padlock, committed to my care in the year 1768.” In 1767 or 1768, Thrale wrote that “our stern philosopher Johnson trusted me… with a secret far dearer to him than his life”. On other occasions , she wrote that “this great, this formidable Doctor Johnson kissed my hand, ay & my foot too upon his knees!” and quoted him saying, “a woman has such power between the ages of twenty five and forty five, that she may tie a man to a post and whip him if she will.”


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Thinking Kink: Is BDSM Therapy "A Dangerous Method"? | Bitch Media

Thinking Kink: Is BDSM Therapy "A Dangerous Method"? | Bitch Media | Sex History | Scoop.it
One of the most resented stereotypes about BDSM is that the only person who would willingly consent to it must be “a damaged victim choosing submission as a way of healing from or processing past trauma." But what exactly is the objection to people...

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Vintage Porn 1920s – Trussed & Taken

Vintage Porn 1920s – Trussed & Taken | Sex History | Scoop.it

A little rope-play & sex from 1920s France… this is from a antique erotica photoseries that I’ve been trying to complete the past few years. And lo & behold – just a couple weeks ago I purchased a vintage porn photo collection dated at 1927 with several more of this couple, so just a couple more photos to go! If anyone has more images in this series, please do feel free to drop me a line…

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Review: Don we now our Gay Apparel, by Shaun Cole

Review: Don we now our Gay Apparel, by Shaun Cole | Sex History | Scoop.it

If there’s a predominant theme in Cole’s book on the history of gay fashion in the twentieth century, it’s that gay fashion is always imperfectly mimetic, a tangled mix of “passing, minstrelization and capitulation”, to quote sociologist Martin P. Levine (pg. 3)

 

Even before the trial of Oscar Wilde, there was the trial and acquittal of Ernest Boulton (aka “Fanny”) and Frederick Payne (aka “Stella”) in 1871, two homosexual men who were also crossdressers and sex workers (Pg. 15-16). Ever since, those three categories have been conflated in the public mind (sometimes with justification). Gay men have overlapped with and been in fashion dialectic with other marginal groups (sex workers, soldiers, sailors, aristocrats, police, punks, bikers, artists, etc) for a variety of reasons: camouflage, recognition both covert and overt, political statements, defensive intimidation, generational differentiation, heightening male beauty, conspicuous consumption, personal fetishes or parody.


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Whiskey Row sex club paintings survive demolition work, artist returns

Whiskey Row sex club paintings survive demolition work, artist returns | Sex History | Scoop.it

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Six months after the remnants of a sado-masochistic swingers club were discovered in the sub-basement of a building on Louisville's historic Whiskey Row, the club's paintings have survived the interior demolition of one of the buildings.

 

"I was surprised they were still here," said Judson Baker, the artist who led a team of about five people painting the sub-basement's brick wall in the late 1990's. 

 

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Believe Me, This Hurts Me More Than It Hurts You

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Apparently, it hurts more to give the lashes and to watch than it does to receive them. Walter Popp cover art for Gonzaga’s Woman by John Jakes.

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The Bobble Head: The History and Hype of Male Masturbation « Masturbation « Sex

The Bobble Head: The History and Hype of Male Masturbation « Masturbation « Sex | Sex History | Scoop.it
Men like to jerk off. In fact, they’re really kind of good at it – when it comes to masturbation, men are inventive, thorough, and relentless.
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