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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 7 Weirdest Sex Stories of the Ancient World

The 7 Weirdest Sex Stories of the Ancient World | Sex History | Scoop.it
How depraved were the people of the ancient world? Let's just say that erotic salads were involved.
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Transgender women of Paris in the Fifties and Sixties

Transgender women of Paris in the Fifties and Sixties | Sex History | Scoop.it
  These beautiful photographs of transgender women, in Paris from the late 1950s and early 1960s were taken by Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm, who traveled to Paris in the late-fifties, where he hoped to create a new kind of night-life...

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Collecting Silent Film Stars: Annette Kellerman | Inherited Values

Collecting Silent Film Stars: Annette Kellerman | Inherited Values | Sex History | Scoop.it

Being the fan that I am (both of the collector and silent film), I couldn’t just let Mary Ann Cade go that easily after delivering her recent silent film news — I had to ask her about one of her favorite silent film stars, Annette Kellerman (also billed as Annette Kellermann and called “The Perfect Woman”).


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Will We Ever Be A Society Able To Accept Sexual Responsibility?

Will We Ever Be A Society Able To Accept Sexual Responsibility? | Sex History | Scoop.it
Not long ago in human history the human body was understood as not only a source of pleasure but also as a conduit to the divine. Human sexual experiences and the human sexual imagination and human...
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Before the Bikini: Rare Vintage Beach Photos

Before the Bikini: Rare Vintage Beach Photos | Sex History | Scoop.it
A trip to the beach has been a standard summer family activity since the turn of the century and over time the fashions associated with seaside activities have evolved.

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How America Interrupted Wilhelm Reich's Orgasmic Utopia - VICE

How America Interrupted Wilhelm Reich's Orgasmic Utopia - VICE | Sex History | Scoop.it
How America Interrupted Wilhelm Reich's Orgasmic Utopia
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If the American public wasn't ready for Dr. Freud, then how much less prepared would they be for Dr.

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Sex Work: ‘Lovelace,’ Amanda Seyfried, and Actresses Who Weren’t Afraid to Go There

Sex Work: ‘Lovelace,’ Amanda Seyfried, and Actresses Who Weren’t Afraid to Go There | Sex History | Scoop.it

Robert Heinlein wrote that each generation thinks it invented sex; certainly the same now applies to sex biopics. Lynn Redgrave was older than Seyfried when she took on the role of  madam-turned-author Xaviera Hollander in “The Happy Hooker” (but just barely). Charlize Theron bet everything on her tribute to prostitute and serial murderer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster,” and won Oscar gold.

 

What about those who told their own scandalous stories and had the nerve to put their own faces onscreen? Here are a few notable examples of women who attempted to pull a reverse-Seyfried, gaining fame and  acceptance by way of their seedy careers and personal lives.

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Classic Vintage Illustrated Erotica Auction – Silent Porn Star

Classic Vintage Illustrated Erotica Auction – Silent Porn Star | Sex History | Scoop.it

Some of the goodies available at the July 31 (2013) Illustration Art Signature Auction at Heritage Auctions (Dallas).

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Undressing History: The Louvre Looks At The Mechanics Of Fashionable Shapes

Undressing History: The Louvre Looks At The Mechanics Of Fashionable Shapes | Sex History | Scoop.it
The Louvre's Museum of Decorative Arts explores the surprising history of shape-changing undergarments in a new exhibit called 'Behind The Seams: An Indiscreet Look At The Mechanics of Fashion'.
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Pan Sexual Biography

Pan Sexual Biography | Sex History | Scoop.it
Born to Greek immigrants in Memphis, Hermes Panagiotopoulos copied dance moves from the black people who worked for his parents and at 14 was already performing at speakeasies in New York.
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Fetish photographer Rick Castro

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Photographs by Rick Castro. Presenting another guest post from John Wisniewski who back in May contributed an interview with William E. Jones about gay film director Fred Halsted. The subject this ...
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Barbara Magnolfi

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Vintage Garters & Stockings, No Panties

Vintage Garters & Stockings, No Panties | Sex History | Scoop.it
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Are men the cause of menopause?

Are men the cause of menopause? | Sex History | Scoop.it
Menopause, in which women stop menstruating and become infertile, has been a long-standing puzzle for biologists: Why would evolution have led to a trait that essentially reduces the reproductive potential of an animal? Most other animals don't go through menopause (although killer whales do). Even chimpanzees, humans' closest living relatives, seem to reproduce into old age in the wild, and males even prefer older females. 

It may all haveto do with men's evolutionary desires to pass on genetic traits as quickly as possible.

 

 

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The Beatles "Fab" 4 Speed Vibrating Personal Massager

The Beatles "Fab" 4 Speed Vibrating Personal Massager | Sex History | Scoop.it
pleasedontsqueezetheshaman: “ Your Mother Should Know ” I’ve Got a Feeling Please Please Me I Feel Fine Come Together
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We're Glad To See You’re back

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The classic bit on a vintage matchbook cover.

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Sylva Koscina

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Pinups: What Lies Beneath

Pinups: What Lies Beneath | Sex History | Scoop.it

Vintage chalkware pinups and art nudes.


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Erotic and Pornographic Art: Gay Male

Erotic and Pornographic Art: Gay Male | Sex History | Scoop.it

Given the historic stigma around making, circulating, and possessing overtly homoerotic images, the visual arts have been especially important for providing a socially sanctioned arena for the depiction of the naked male body. They have even allowed the suggestion of homoerotic desire and physical affection within acceptable cultural and moral boundaries. Even so, much of the history of homoerotic image-making may be characterized by calculated ambiguity, coding, denial, and underground circulation.

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A nicely-written article which made me think of the concept of equal rights in art.

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Inside Beijing's former brothels...

Inside Beijing's former brothels... | Sex History | Scoop.it

Today we are touring Bada Hutong, an area a half mile square that is just south of Tiananmen Square and was the Chinese capital’s red-light district from the time of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) until the communists took over in 1949. In its heyday, this warren of lanes housed more than 300 brothels and 700 opium dens.

 

There were whorehouses to cater for every taste and budget. In the fanciest, fresh-faced girls sang songs, poured tea and entertained men in much the way geishas do in Japan. These women’s bodies were not bought outright; instead, would-be suitors wooed them with gifts over time. For those leaving such places unsated, however, there were also spots where heavily perfumed and thickly made-up street-walkers openly sold sex.


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Rasputin's Knob – The Greatest Penis Of Them All?

Rasputin's Knob – The Greatest Penis Of Them All? | Sex History | Scoop.it

We’ve all seen porn. We’ve all heard rumors about Erol Flynn and Liam Neeson. Grace Slick won’t shut up about Jim Morrison’s show-stopping custard-chucker. There are some truly famous tallywhackers out there. But it’s worth asking - if only just for the hell of it - who’s was the greatest dick of all? Was it John Holmes? John Dillinger? Mini-Me?

 

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This is just one of those articles--if it weren't properly written, it would be a sideshow nothing.  But the author does a level and interesting, boderline sassy job of presenting it...it's one of those details of hsitory I had never learned.

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Sex Overseas: 'What Soldiers Do' Complicates WWII History : NPR

Sex Overseas: 'What Soldiers Do' Complicates WWII History : NPR | Sex History | Scoop.it

Americans often think of World War II as the "good war," but historian Mary Louise Roberts says her new book might make our understanding of that conflict "more truthful and more complex." The book, What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France, tells the story of relations between American men and French women in Normandy and elsewhere.

 

The Americans were liberators; the French were liberated. But sex created tensions and resentments that were serious, yet were utterly absent from contemporary accounts for American audiences back home. Roberts, who is professor of European history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, suggests that the tensions weren't entirely accidental: "Sex was fundamental to how the U.S. military framed, fought and won the war in Europe," she writes in her book.

 

Roberts joins NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about prostitutes in parks and cemeteries, pinups on planes and how the U.S. Army responded to rape accusations with rapid, racially charged trials.


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Looking Back At The Golden Age Of Porn

Looking Back At The Golden Age Of Porn | Sex History | Scoop.it

The first big porn star I interviewed was Veronica Hart around 1982. Very sexy, intelligent gal. This is primarily the 80s I’m talking about now: Vanessa Del Rio seemed the most like a movie star, with real presence. A very nice lady, too, although I only got to know her a little more in the late 90s when I interviewed her three times for a mag called Hot Salsa, as well as Leg Show and Juggs.

 

In the 80s met lots of the stars: Samantha Fox, Kelly Nichols, Susie Nero, Lisa De Leeuw, Joanna Storm, Cara Lott, Rene Summers, Kay Parker, Juliet Anderson, Christy Canyon, Buffy Davis, Nina Hartley, Ona Zee, Stephanie Rage, Veronica Vera, April West, Amber Lynn, and the guys of course — Jamie Gillis, Paul Thomas, Joey Silvera, Bobby Astyr, John Leslie, Ron Jeremy, Jerry Butler, George Payne...

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