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Libertines as French Open Minds

Terms used to define sex-positive people, like “lifestyle”, “ethical slut”, “kinkster”, “swingers”, were coined only in the XX century. So even in case adherents of sexual freedom did had any self-designation before, they never passed it to their descendants. And only in French there was – and still exists - a word to name culture of sex-positive experimenters. Probably in France they by the rule of thumb never hide things from their grandchildren;). The word used by Calvin for criticizing uninhibited behavior in the XVI century later became a name for an integrated philosophy of “sexual” hedonism – libertine, with libertines as its followers. Details...

Now and Then: Kinky Talk About Kinky Men

For instance, one can easily imagine Hans Christian Andersen fallen into a brown study over a quill, or Franklin passionately speaking to the Senate. However we have our curious mind set on a different, a “mundane” side of the idols and masters of destinies. We are in anticipation of juicy details … sexual preferences of iconic people may appear to be the same extraordinary as the individuals are. Let’s take a look behind the historic veil and practice a bit of voyeurism to see to the way things were happening. Details...