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The Love Poems of Japan’s Heian Court Were the Original Thirst Texts

In this week's Sex Scenes, the ability to write poetry of beauty illustrated the external beauty of Heian-era writers.
Rachel Rabbit White
3 days ago
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Sex Scenes: What’s the Role of a 122-Year-Old Painting in a #MeToo World?

On Politicizing the Nymph.
Rachel Rabbit White
9.14.18
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The Real-Life Prison Escapee With a Broken Foot Who Just Wanted a Boyfriend

In this week’s Sex Scenes: French writer Albertine Sarrazin’s French autobiographical novel about prison escapee lovers.
Rachel Rabbit White
9.5.18
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Sex Scenes: A 14th-Century Tale In Praise of Dumb Dick Energy

Medieval Italian erotica says that in love and sex, it’s better to let women lead the way.
Rachel Rabbit White
8.22.18
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Sex Scenes: Sometimes, Love Means Severing Your Lover’s Penis and Carrying It Around in Your Kimono

In Nagisa Oshima’s 1976 film “In the Realm of the Senses,” based on the true story of tabloid star Sada Abe, the graphic sex is real—and so is the fear of abandonment inherent to all romantic relationships.
Rachel Rabbit White
8.16.18
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Sex Scenes: Luis Buñuel and the Supportive Sex Worker Boyfriend

In “That Obscure Object of Desire,” sugar daddy Matthieu is confused by the unpredictable affections of his lover, Conchita. But the simplest explanation is often the right one: she has a boyfriend, and Matthieu is just an annoying client.
Rachel Rabbit White
8.1.18
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Sex Scenes: Who’s Afraid of Federico Fellini’s Sex Robot?

In Fellini’s 1976 film “Casanova,” the granddaddy of all fuckboys meets his match in a seductive automaton.
Rachel Rabbit White
7.18.18
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Sex Scenes: Capitalism Ruined Cuckoldry

The myth of Aphrodite caught cheating by her husband Hephaestus with Ares offers a distinction between cuckoldry play and the nationalist, right-wing paranoia of emasculation.
Rachel Rabbit White
7.11.18
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Sex Scenes: Lacan Hid “The Origin of the World” Behind a Surrealist Version of the Same Painting

Courbet’s infamous pussy portrait, hidden behind a veil or panel by its owners, essentially set up a joke: want to see the origin of the world?
Rachel Rabbit White
7.4.18
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Sex Scenes: The Queer Roman Orgy Where Everyone Was Suffocated by Rose Petals

The exploits of Heliogabalus, the trans woman who became the Emperor of Rome when she was just 14 years old, were a favorite subject of the 19th-century Decadent Movement.
Rachel Rabbit White
6.28.18
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Art Sex Scene of the Week: Save a Horse, Ride Aristotle

Alexander the Great’s mistress riding the philosopher like a horse was a popular image during the Middle Ages, representing the struggle between sensuality and reason.
Rachel Rabbit White
6.20.18