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At Swords’ Point: Humor As Weapon | The Comics Journal

At Swords’ Point: Humor As Weapon | The Comics Journal | Sex History | Scoop.it

Humor is a big joke on us all. It’s one huge paradox. While it seems unconditionally benevolent, stimulating laughter and good feeling, it is often cruel, destructive, and manipulative.

 

So says Betty Swords. And she should know. For over twenty-five years, starting in 1955, she was a professional humorist. She sold her cartoons to the major magazine markets, including Saturday Evening Post, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Changing Times. She also produced a considerable quantity of humorous writing for such publications as McCall’s, Modern Maturity, Christian Science Monitor, and others. And beginning in 1976, Swords taught college courses in the power of humor and lectured widely on the subject.

 

...And then I realized that the punching bag was always a woman. “Marriage is seen as bad,” she went on, recollecting the experience as we talked on the patio in back of her Denver home in June 1995. And she cited examples of one-liners to prove her point:

 

Married life is great—it’s my wife I can’t stand.

 

He was unlucky in both his marriages—his first wife left him. And his second one won’t.

 

A bachelor’s last words—I do.

 

“Marriage is seen as horrible because it meant that the man had lost his freedom,” she continued.


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Along with a profile on a great woman, there are well-articulated and documented issues of gender bias that are still around today.

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Along with a profile on a great woman, there are well-articulated and documented issues of gender bias that are still around today.

malek's curator insight, November 27, 2013 6:46 PM

One article you have to read as a great piece of feminism movement.

The most widely reprinted cartoon of Betty Swords.

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Sexuality in Ancient Rome

Sexuality in Ancient Rome | Sex History | Scoop.it

Both women and men, but especially women, were supposed to uphold pudicitia, a complex virtue that may be translated as restraint or chastity. A woman with a high degree of pudicitia, that is, a univira or ‘one-man’ woman, would seek in particular to appear modest and to limit her social interaction with men other than her husband and male relatives. At the same time, a divorced woman did not suffer stigma; in the upper classes, it was common and even expected for a divorced or widowed woman to remarry. Pudicitia symbolized reason and goodness, whereas impudicitia—that is, shamelessness and sexual vice (struprum or ‘sex crime’)—symbolized chaos and a loss of control.

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Study Examines Potential Evolutionary Role of “Sexual Regret” in Human Survival and Reproduction

Study Examines Potential Evolutionary Role of “Sexual Regret” in Human Survival and Reproduction | Sex History | Scoop.it

In the largest, most in-depth study to date on regret surrounding sexual activity, a team of psychology researchers found a stark contrast in remorse between men and women, potentially shedding light on the evolutionary history of human nature...

 

“Prior sex researchers have focused primarily on the emotion of sexual attraction in sexual decisions,” Buss says. “These studies point to the importance of a neglected mating emotion —sexual regret — which feels experientially negative but in fact can be highly functional in guiding adaptive sexual decisions.”

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While the regret is tied to biological imperatives, the pattern held with LGBT participants as well.

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As @Gracie Passette notes, While the regret is tied to biological imperatives, the pattern held with LGBT participants as well.


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Fashion Institute of Technology - A Queer History of Fashion

Fashion Institute of Technology - A Queer History of Fashion | Sex History | Scoop.it

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk features approximately 100 ensembles, from 18th-century menswear styles associated with an emerging gay subculture to 21st-century high fashion. This is the first museum exhibition to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) individuals over the past 300 years

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History of Prostitution (1939)

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Hotties From American Nudist Magazine

Hotties From American Nudist Magazine | Sex History | Scoop.it

From a 1963 issue of American Nudist magazine -- most are pictures attributed to "Ed Lea":

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The Very Gay History of the Almost Lost Tradition of the Sunday Tea Dance

The Very Gay History of the Almost Lost Tradition of the Sunday Tea Dance | Sex History | Scoop.it

Many gay men under the age of 30 are totally clueless of almost lost tradition of the Sunday Tea Dance.

 

...While tea dances enjoyed a revival in America after the Great War, The Great Depression of the 30s wiped them out. Tea consumption was in steady decline in America anyways and by the 50s, tea was largely thought of as something “your grandmother drinks”. Also, nightlife was moving later and younger. Working men and women were too busy building the American Dream to socialize so it was left to their teenaged children in the age of sockhops and the jukebox diner. Rock and roll was dark and dangerous — something you sneaked out for after dinner, not took part in before dinner.

 

Gay people, of course, were still largely underground in the 50s, but it was in these discreet speakeasies that social (nonpartnered) dancing was evolving. It was illegal for men to dance with men, or for women to dance with women. In the event of a raid, gay men and lesbian women would quickly change partners to mixed-couples. Eventually, this led to everyone sort of dancing on their own.

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I hd no idea about any of this!

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Vintage Folies Nude with Stockings

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Local Legend and Pioneering Transgendered Performer Vicki Marlane

Local Legend and Pioneering Transgendered Performer Vicki Marlane | Sex History | Scoop.it

Nicknamed "The Lady With the Liquid Spine" for her trademark, sultry flexibility while lip syncing, Marlane was profiled in the New York Timestwo years ago, and was thought to be the oldest, continuously performing, transgender performer in the country. Until recently, she performed twice weekly at Aunt Charlie's Lounge often doing three or four numbers (and costume changes) each night.

 

The show, the Hot Boxxx Girls, was Marlane's baby, and she produced it over the last decade, hiring and firing drag queens both young and old, polished and unpolished, to do some of the most unironic, old-school female impersonation in the land. Marlane was a fan of Celine Dion numbers, occasionally stripping down to a shiny two-piece get-up in the middle of a song, age be damned. She brought a great deal of pathos and passion to the show, earning her thousands of fans over the years. SF Weekly also awarded her Best Drag Queen in 2009, some six decades into her drag career.

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This is an obituary for the legend, who passed in the Summer of 2011, with a great bio and video. There's also an exhibit on Marlane at the GLBT History Museum which runs through February. 28, 2014. http://www.glbthistory.org/museum/index.html

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Shopping For Awesome Toys In Retro Sexploitation Flick

Shopping For Awesome Toys In Retro Sexploitation Flick | Sex History | Scoop.it
Over at French blog Au carrefour étrange, a review of Joseph W. Sarno's Flesh and Lace (1965). Since the site is in French, you may be confused -- but it's apparently exactly how it looks: A film t...
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A History Of Prostitution: How Old Is The Sex Trade?

A History Of Prostitution: How Old Is The Sex Trade? | Sex History | Scoop.it

Wherever we find evidence of human culture, we find evidence of prostitution. When the earliest known human societies emerged in the fertile crescent of Mesopotamia, the sex trade evolved alongside temples, customs, markets and laws. Beginning in the third millennium B.C, the Sumerians, the first major inhabitants of ancient Mesopotamia, worshiped the goddess Ishtar, a deity that would remain a constant throughout Mesopotamia’s Babylonian and Assyrian empires. Ishtar was the goddess of love and war, symbolized by the planet Venus, and was born anew as a maiden every morning only to become a ‘whore’ every evening – the etymology of the word lying in the Indo-European root meaning ‘desire.’

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Same as it ever was?

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Same as it ever was?

Andrew Nayyar's curator insight, January 17, 2014 11:16 PM

A very unexpected and unique read of the history of prostituion and sexuality; Ancient Mesopotamia has a strong presenece in this article. Although in ancient times it wasn't viewed as prostitution, but rather religous practices and celebrations of fertility. 

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(Nude) Picture Out of the Past

(Nude) Picture Out of the Past | Sex History | Scoop.it

In the early eighties I found this de-framed painting in an antique store in Wisconsin.   An older couple who ran the store said it had come up the river from Storyville to Chicago, where they got it in an estate sale, along with its anecdotal provenance.  Seems it was cut from its frame in great hurry, then later “framed” in something that was at some point painted dark brown…

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I believe the Storyville referenced was the historic red light district of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Council on Religion and the Homosexual Exhibit - LGBT-RAN

Council on Religion and the Homosexual Exhibit - LGBT-RAN | Sex History | Scoop.it

The LGBT Religious Archives Network and the GLBT Historical Society present this special exhibit on the Council on Religion and the Homosexual founded in San Francisco in 1964. In this exhibit you will see a wide array of artifacts-organizational documents, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, publications, brochures and photos, as well as audio and video clips-that portray the early years (1964-1968) of this ground-breaking coalition of religious and homosexual activists.

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An online exhibit.

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Nefertiti as sensual goddess

Nefertiti as sensual goddess | Sex History | Scoop.it
A visiting lecturer suggests that ancient Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti wasn’t just the powerful independent woman people imagine she was, but something of a sex goddess, too.

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ARCE-NOLA's curator insight, November 19, 2013 3:37 PM

New research on Nefertiti by Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson

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Glimpses of history in Storyville’s 3 remaining buildings

Glimpses of history in Storyville’s 3 remaining buildings | Sex History | Scoop.it

Most of Storyville, the red-light district that existed along Basin Street near the French Quarter between 1897 and 1917, was torn down to make way for the Iberville public housing development before World War II. However, most of Iberville’s large brick buildings are now being demolished, allowing archaeologists and other scholars to take another look at Storyville’s history.

 

The district of bars and brothels took its name from Alderman Sidney Story, sponsor of an 1897 ordinance that limited prostitution to the area between North Robertson and Basin streets, and from Iberville to St. Louis streets.

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15 Women JFK Fucked

15 Women JFK Fucked | Sex History | Scoop.it
Today is a day of solemn remembrance, a day when we reflect on the life and work of our fallen President John F. Kennedy, and also on his slampieces.

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What Is Your Eye-Q?

What Is Your Eye-Q? | Sex History | Scoop.it

"It's all a matter of where your roving eye goes first, bub!"


Flirt (A fresh magazine) - Volume 6 Number 6, December 1953. Frank Bailey (Editor), Reale (Art Director)

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More here: http://aucarrefouretrange.blogspot.com.es/search/label/Flirt

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Pistol-Packin' Panties

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Mixed Messages about Sex in Advertisements from 1930s Singapore

Mixed Messages about Sex in Advertisements from 1930s Singapore | Sex History | Scoop.it
I like to relax by looking through old newspapers from Singapore (that have been beautifully digitized by NUS). In doing so today, I just realized that there is something odd about some of the adve...
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A Brief History of Group Sex

A Brief History of Group Sex | Sex History | Scoop.it
Orgies have been happening throughout history, yet remain taboo.
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Bad Hair Is No Joke (Or, Hairy Situations In Racism & Misogyny)

Bad Hair Is No Joke (Or, Hairy Situations In Racism & Misogyny) | Sex History | Scoop.it

I don’t know that I actually have to beat all the dead horses in this vintage ad, do I?  [But] while we are on the subject of hair…

 


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The importanace of hair

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:15 AM

One horrible vintage ad (and those who click through to read will find lots of info on hair history).

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:15 AM

Horrible advertising & hair's cultural power.

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Horrible advertising & hair's cultural power.

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Archaeologists find prehistoric Romeo and Juliet locked in eternal embrace - USATODAY.com

Archaeologists find prehistoric Romeo and Juliet locked in eternal embrace - USATODAY.com | Sex History | Scoop.it
It could be humanity's oldest story of doomed love. Archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Neolithic period locked in a tender embrace and buried outside Mantua, just 25 miles south of Verona, the romantic city where Shakespeare set...

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Jahaiyra Albert's curator insight, October 11, 2013 3:35 PM

This is just the cutest!

Sarah Kerr's curator insight, November 21, 2013 6:14 PM

I'm going to categorize this scoop under Women in Ancient History because, it is lovey-dovey. This scoop is about a grave site uncovered outside  Mantua. The two people buried are locked in a hugging embrace and are given the nickname of "Romeo and Juliet" just because the ancient story which takes place in Verona, Italy is just 25 miles from where this site was uncovered. 

Patrick Kwong's curator insight, January 29, 2014 2:16 PM

The article says that they are still wondering how they died. But even though we know how Romeo and Juliet die, this seems like an ancient predecessor for Shakespeare's classic.

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“The Role of Sex in History” – Body Impolitic - Laurie Toby Edison: Photographer

“The Role of Sex in History” – Body Impolitic - Laurie Toby Edison: Photographer | Sex History | Scoop.it

Just for fun on the long weekend, this article got me thinking about sex work in history. Dating from the 2nd century B.C.E.

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