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Longform Reprints: Death of a Playmate by Teresa Carpenter

Longform Reprints: Death of a Playmate by Teresa Carpenter | Sex History | Scoop.it
Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.


“The major reason that I’m … that we’re both sittin’ here,” says Hefner, “that I wanted to talk about it, is because there is still a great tendency … for this thing to fall into the classic cliché of ‘smalltown girl comes to Playboy, comes to Hollywood, life in the fast lane,’ and that was somehow related to her death. And that is not what really happened. A very sick guy saw his meal ticket and his connection to power, whatever, slipping away. And it was that that made him kill her.”


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Fox Talk :: A Story of A Comfort Woman - Tattoo [English Translation]

Fox Talk :: A Story of A Comfort Woman - Tattoo [English Translation] | Sex History | Scoop.it

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Warning: Graphic violence. Not suitable for children

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Strippers Protest Censorship, 1959

Strippers Protest Censorship, 1959 | Sex History | Scoop.it

“T’aint fair” reads one of the signs held by protesters of newspaper censorship in 1959. Was that a pun? Could very well have been as a lot of the signs are rather clever with the wordplay. These vintage magazine pages were found...

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Under The Piers: Alvin Baltrop's Gay New York

Under The Piers: Alvin Baltrop's Gay New York | Sex History | Scoop.it

Open Eye Gallery's current exhibition has cast light on the little known work of gay African American photographer Alvin Baltrop who beautifully, and obsessively, captured the clandestine activities taking place under New York piers between 1975 and 1986.

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An alternate history of sexuality in club culture

An alternate history of sexuality in club culture | Sex History | Scoop.it
Dance music was born in LGBT communities, but has this been forgotten? In this extended feature, Luis-Manuel Garcia examines the history of club culture's queer roots.
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As Usual, A Lady Gambler Draws A Crowd

As Usual, A Lady Gambler Draws A Crowd | Sex History | Scoop.it
A lovely vintage photo of a woman playing Faro. Like Lady Luck herself, she draws a crowd of men. This authentic vintage casino photo is for sale from Hard Times Ranch.

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Mediaeval sexual behaviour from 'Sex In History' (1954)

How during the Middle Ages the Church's demand for sexual abstinence made medieval Europe resemble a vast insane asylum (1954)
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Alan Turing, British code-breaker castrated for homosexuality, receives pardon

Alan Turing, British code-breaker castrated for homosexuality, receives pardon | Sex History | Scoop.it
Alan Turing, a British code-breaker during World War II who was later subjected to chemical castration for homosexual activity, has received a royal pardon.

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Servant of God, or Prostitute?

Servant of God, or Prostitute? | Sex History | Scoop.it

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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History of the Yoni in World Faith

History of the Yoni in World Faith | Sex History | Scoop.it

Although we do have hard and clear evidence - archeologically speaking - that the veneration of women, of the yoni, and of Goddesses have been the primal and primary form of religion around the globe, it has been the East - specifically ancient India with its Tantric teachings - where this seems to have found its most exalted and open expression.

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Also addresses this important question: Simply put, how can a woman raised in a culture that diminishes the value of and beauty of women's genitals try to move past those negative self-thoughts?

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Why Mistresses Are Essential To Marriages

Why Mistresses Are Essential To Marriages | Sex History | Scoop.it
Mistresses are not always ruinous to their lovers' marriages. Some people believe that love affairs enrich and enliven marriage.
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Some history here too!

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When Beauty Is A Crime

When Beauty Is A Crime | Sex History | Scoop.it

I have a modest collection of vintage vanity items. (My collection and I have even been featured in Collectors News magazine.) And indeed, I’ve often wondered about the vast popularity of Rachel as a powder shade. I’d rather believed the hype that this particular shade was named after a popular actress at the time — but in Antique Personal Possessions, Silvia Druitt gives another possible reason...


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I explore the links between cosmetics, prostituion, actresses, and blackmail.

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Links between cosmetics, prostituion, actresses, and blackmail.


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The Sexual Health of the American Presidents

The Sexual Health of the American Presidents | Sex History | Scoop.it
We've heard stories about our country's leaders, both real and false. In our times, it's hard to consume news without running into some scandal or another.
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Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society’s Crusade against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil

Now in paperback, read chapter two from Banned in Boston (Beacon Press, September 2010, http://www.beacon.org/productdetails.cfm?SKU=5111).

A lively history of the Watch and Ward Society—New England's notorious literary censor.
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An excerpt (Chapter Two) to read for free.

 

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Bangable Dudes in History

Bangable Dudes in History | Sex History | Scoop.it

Dead man porn for your still-beating heart.

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Rating male sex symbols and celebrites of the past ~ including in pie chart form!

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Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert

Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert | Sex History | Scoop.it

Fifty countries treat sex work as a legitimate job, and it has been legalized with restrictions in eleven others. Nevertheless sex workers are still widely stigmatized, discriminated against, harassed, and, in those countries where prostitution is considered illegal, treated as criminals. This is especially true in the United States, which is one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution. As Melinda Chateauvert reveals in her new book Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk, these laws have put sex workers at risk. 

 

Chateauvert agreed recently to talk with us about Human Rights Day and how important it is that the international campaign for human rights include sex workers, who have always been key activists in the struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, labor organizing, prison abolition, and other human rights–related issues.

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Beacon Broadside: A Queer History of the United States

Beacon Broadside: A Queer History of the United States | Sex History | Scoop.it

And let’s not forget that the Civil War deaths were fairly personal: you actually shot people or you bayonetted them and they were right in front of you. You did not get to be in a tank and shoot people who were 50, 150 yards away from you. The sheer amount of death was devastating to the men who fought in the Civil War, and who survived. So when we hear the Walt Whitman poems, it’s just this endless elegy to male beauty, to male sentiment, to the uniqueness of men—and quite sexualized, often, within Whitman's poetry and in his journals. On the other hand we have… not the image of the brave Union soldier or brave “Johnny Reb,” but in fact the young vulnerable boy who has simply been torn apart. So the male body becomes here, and we see this later in World War II, which we'll discuss in a later podcast, we see the male body completely heroicized and lionized for being brave, and at the same time pitiable in its vulnerability.


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The Politics of Drag

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Drag queens are the very heart of our vibrant queer community. They, along with our transgender sisters and gay brothers—with tribal lesbians, homeless youth and people of color—led the charge at Stonewall to breathe new life into the modern day LGBT rights movement.

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The development of modern feminism from the 19th-century

The development of modern feminism from the 19th-century | Sex History | Scoop.it

Jasper Gregory is a citizen science advocate and gender activist in Oakland, California; for the past few months he’s been researching the development of modern feminism from the 19th-century variety, and his “tweets” on the subject were so fascinating I invited him to contribute this column.  I think you’ll find it just as interesting as I do.


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A new wave of sexual repression has swept through the lands of the Puritan Diaspora.  Under the banner of Feminism sexual puritans have declared a war on prostitution in Sweden and politically incorrect words and images in the UK and North America; the new Puritans are on the rise and have wrapped themselves in a rhetoric of “True Womanhood” that seems more appropriate for the 19th century than for the Internet Age.  But the similarities between today’s prude feminism and the earlier Victorian age of moral regulation go far deeper than you might suspect:  the radical “cultural” feminism of 1970-2013 is actually the continuation of a two century moral purity movement.

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Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

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Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, this book is a fascinating portrait of a gay world that is not supposed to have existed.

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Whorestorian Sex Workers Unite!

Whorestorian Sex Workers Unite! | Sex History | Scoop.it
A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk
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A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 24

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The ruling classes of the early state societies had written legal codes that “legitimized” their power, property and privileges, and that circumscribed and curtailed the rights of their subjects. Behind these legal documents stood what gave the laws their teeth: the threat of physical force, up to and including death, for violations. The mere existence of the rulers’ “armed bodies of men” was usually sufficient to guarantee “obedience” by the masses. But history also records examples of popular armed rebellions against the king’s bullies.

 

In Part 21 of this series we noted that the tenets of patriarchal religions brought a message to the masses that male supremacy and economic and social inequality were the natural order of things. A separate but similarly motivated message had to do with sexual relations. Religious challenges to the idea that sexual relations were a natural part of life and something to be enjoyed figure most prominently in the history of Christianity as it evolved from a rebellious sect into a powerful instrument of exploitation and repression for use by the European ruling classes...

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This covers so many systemic uses of sexual repression you may not need to read the other parts!

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The Unsolved Murder of Hitler’s Half-Niece and His Romantic Obsession

The Unsolved Murder of Hitler’s Half-Niece and His Romantic Obsession | Sex History | Scoop.it

Femme fatale Geli Raubal was found with a bullet in her chest and Hitler’s gun by her side. Who fired Hitler’s gun that night?

 

The unresolved and hastily covered-up death in 1931 of Geli Raubal, Hitler’s half-niece and romantic obsession, has long been relegated to the murky footnotes of the Führer’s early career in the demimonde of Munich.


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Lili St Cyr: The Anatomic Bomb of Burlesque

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Lili St Cyr was one of the most famous Burlesque performers along with Gypsy Rose Lee and Ann Corio. These three woman were among the most legendary strippers of all time. She also performed a stri...

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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.

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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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