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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 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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An Interview with Tura Satana - Sex~Kitten.net

An Interview with Tura Satana - Sex~Kitten.net | Sex History | Scoop.it

Tura Satana, ass kicking goddess and star of Russ Meyer's classic film "Faster Pussycat, Kill!Kill!" answers a few of Libby's questions.

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Sex Advice from a 98-Year-Old Woman

Sex Advice from a 98-Year-Old Woman | Sex History | Scoop.it
"The first time I got married was right after I graduated from prep school. I was seventeen years old--what did I know about living? Nothing. He wasn't for me but I married him anyway. I didn't know any better.
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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

Lili St Cyr: The Anatomic Bomb of Burlesque | Sex History | Scoop.it
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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Clara Bow: Cupid Lips and Tear Stains

Clara Bow: Cupid Lips and Tear Stains | Sex History | Scoop.it
Though Hollywood has had many sex symbols, it wasn't until Clara Bow that Hollywood had its first tragic female star. During her life Bow endured poverty, abuse, exploitation and public humiliation...

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Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948)

Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948) | Sex History | Scoop.it

At my vintage living blog, Things Your Grandmother Knew, I’ve written about the tendency to romanticize the past, but I recently read two blog posts discussing vintage fashion in terms of “the vintage girl being the new feminist” and thought it was time to discuss the subject from a more feminist angle…


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Whether your passion is vintage fashion orsex positivity, you'll like this.

 

Thanks @Deanna Dahlsad for including sex workers in this post!

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:51 PM

Context matters.

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Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this.

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Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this ~ it mentions sex workers in a positive light too.

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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).

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Horrible advertising & hair's cultural power.

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Horrible advertising & hair's cultural power.

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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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New research on Nefertiti by Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson

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Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster)

Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster) | Sex History | Scoop.it

Who was Kathy Keeton? For starters, Keeton was Guccione’s longtime girlfriend and eventual wife. But she ought to be remembered for far more than that.


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This woman ought to be among the largest names in feminism and publishing -- and an icon of the 1970s - 1980s.

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James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon - Sex~Kitten.net

James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon - Sex~Kitten.net | Sex History | Scoop.it

Gracie reviews the biography of Alice Bradley Sheldon, an amazing woman who wrote award winning science fiction under the pen name of James Tiptree, Jr. from 1967 to her death in 1987. (She also occasionally wrote under the pseudonym Raccoona Sheldon from 1974–77.)

 

Tiptree was most notable for breaking down the barriers between writing perceived as inherently "male" or "female." It wasn't until 1977 that folks discovered that James Tiptree, Jr. was a woman.

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12 Unusual Mid-Century Pageant Queens

12 Unusual Mid-Century Pageant Queens | Sex History | Scoop.it
In the mid-20th century, businesses began to see the huge commercial possibilities of holding a contest where pretty girls would compete just for the honor of representing their product or main export.

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Roadside stand advertising Night Club Tiger, Japan, 1953

Roadside stand advertising Night Club Tiger, Japan, 1953 | Sex History | Scoop.it

Roadside stand advertising Night Club Tiger, Japan, 1953 


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Sweater Gender Issues

Sweater Gender Issues | Sex History | Scoop.it

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Vintage, but not only vintage

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Photographer and model Bunny Yeager in a self-portrait 1950s

Photographer and model Bunny Yeager in a self-portrait 1950s | Sex History | Scoop.it
“ Photographer and model Bunny Yeager in a self-portrait c. 1950s

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Secret History of the Black Pin Up

Secret History of the Black Pin Up | Sex History | Scoop.it
(ALSO AVAILABLE AS EBOOK download for iPAD $5.99) Intrigued by the question "Why aren't there any black pin up girls" on an internet message board, writer Jim Linderman decided to find out.

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Looking Back At Vikki “The Back” Dougan (A Biography)

Looking Back At Vikki “The Back” Dougan (A Biography) | Sex History | Scoop.it

Collecting vintage smut, as I do, I know who Vikki Dougan is; but I’ve been surprised a number of times by both the lack of recognition this iconic beauty has and the lack of information about her. So, ever obsessed as usual, I set out to correct the situation.

 

 


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A great profile about an incredible icon!

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She was the inspiration for Jessica Rabbit, English pop artists, and more than one personal fantasy.

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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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Pinups: What Lies Beneath

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

Vintage chalkware pinups and art nudes.


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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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Misty Monaco (Miss X)

Misty Monaco (Miss X) | Sex History | Scoop.it

Wearing a black mask, Misty also performed as “Miss X”.  She was managed by Eddie Suez, of the Philadelphia Suez Rothbard Office, whose logo can be seen at the bottom right of the photo.

 

This photo was personalized to Louise, who was the mother of popular burlesque comic and emcee, Bucky Conrad.


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Pin-Up Queens: Three Female Artists Who Shaped the American Dream Girl

Pin-Up Queens: Three Female Artists Who Shaped the American Dream Girl | Sex History | Scoop.it

“So many women are left out of historical records,” Dahlsad says. “Men will say, ‘I want to show off what my father did; he deserves to shine. Someone should do a book on him!’ Daughters don’t do that about their moms to the same degree, so often things get thrown away. How many men would look at their archives say, ‘Just take it all to the dumpster’? Somebody would be saying, ‘You can’t do that! You’re George Petty. Put it back!’”


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I'm interviewed as part of this article by Lisa Hix

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Josephine Baker (1906-1975) - National Women's History Museum

Josephine Baker (1906-1975) - National Women's History Museum | Sex History | Scoop.it

A native of Missouri, Josephine Baker is remembered for her sultry and comedic stage routines that captivated audiences across the European continent as the Jazz Age unfolded in the United States. During World War II, however, the dancer and singer known as “Black Venus,” “Black Pearl,” or “Creole Goddess” performed a much more important role for her adopted country of France: that of undercover operative in the French Resistance.

 

In addition to serving as a sub-lieutenant in the Women’s Auxiliary of the French Air Force, Baker maintained an exhaustive performance schedule throughout the war, entertaining both French and American troops. These appearances in many of Europe’s wartime cities provided an excellent cover for the different covert activities she undertook on behalf of the Allied cause.


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Corsets Bound To Stay Suffrage

Corsets Bound To Stay Suffrage | Sex History | Scoop.it

In part three of my research into the complicated history of corsets, women's suffrage & feminism enters the story.


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