Our past

Where we come from, how we got here.

Making change

Combahee River Collective Statement (1977)

The changing ways of change

On the Virtues of Vanilla

Vanilla

One sexy bean pod

First of all, it's from an orchid.  An orchid!  It's medically considered mildly addictive (!) and historically was an aphrodisiac. 

Yes, indeed, and as it turns out, and I quote:

Embarking to understand the principles of tantra

SriYantra

The past is vomited out by the present.

Love in the Western World by Denis de Rougemont

Love in the Western World, Denis de Rougemont

"[A]ll European poetry has come out of the Provencal poetry written in the twelfth century by the troubadours of Languedoc [...]. Let us grant that the language of passion was derived from a courtly literature, itself produced in the atmosphere of a certain heresy." (Pg 78 & 173)

The History of Sexuality, Vol 3 | The Care of the Self by Michel Foucault

The History of Sexuality, Vol 3 | The Care of the Self by Michel Foucault

The "art of oneirocriticism" is the method of studying dreams as an oracle, to "decipher the signs that foretell the future" (Pg 14, 7). Dreams in general were considered important messages that the average person in antiquity would use to view their waking state in a new light and through analysis to prepare themselves for impending events.

The History of Sexuality, Vol 2 | The Use of Pleasure by Michel Foucault

Foucault Vol 2 Use of Pleasure

Again, Foucault can be a difficult read, although I've found that if you're willing to bull through the parts that would put you to sleep if you were to force yourself to fully understand each and every sentence, you can still get a huge amount from it without that effort, and just force it to be a smooth read.

Sex: Methods and Manners

Sex: Methods and Manners

Progressive sex talk in the 50's

I bought this book because I read somewhere that one of the authors was a progressive writer for his time. So a 1950's era book on the methods and manners of sex seemed a good place to investigate.

All of this is assumed to be within the context of heterosexual marriage, but more importantly, within the context of respect for the lover and for mutual pleasure.

The History of Sexuality | An Introduction | Volume I, Michel Foucault

History of Sexuality Vol I

Basically Foucault says that culturally many of us think that 'the powers that be' are repressing and suppressing our sexuality, and that it is our job to 'free' ourselves from the bondage of prudish institutions, laws and governments and experience our true selves through our sex. Then he says this is bunk. If you think this, you've been snookered.

Erotic Sculpture of India: Sex and Religion

Erotic Sculpture of India

What is erotic art?

Erotic art is expressive of sexual love and includes heterosexual, homosexual, auto-erotic, group, bestial and non-human expressions. In India, erotic art is especially significant because of its association with religious art, specifically, temple art. The three major religions of India - Hindu, Buddhism and Jaina - all incorporated erotic art into their temple designs. No matter the sect, religion or region, amorous couples were ubiquitous.

Sex and the Floating World | (Japanese Shunga) A summary & review

Sex and the Floating World (book) by Timon Screech

Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820 by Timon Screech
 
Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820 in Edo (Tokyo)