The Naked Truth – Revealing Season 5! l IT’S HISTORY!

It’s that time again… A new series on
It’s History. Can you believe it’s two months since I was swilling my whisky to a jazzy tune? But before I let the pussy out of the bag, let me first address a few issues raised during our rip-stop tour through China. My name’s Guy and welcome to IT’SHISTORY Now, even we are not always perfect. There were some comments this series regarding Pinyin pronunciation. We opted for a more anglicised approach to the Chinese place names and people described, to aid understanding of the concepts that were, to many of our viewers, completely new. Though this explanation will not please the purists among you, we hope you understand our reasoning! Now, let’s get it on! Naked men and women, whose eyes sparkled with
ecstasy. Sex in the most varied positions, sometimes with three or four people indulging
in a collective act. When the first European explorers stumbled
upon the remains of old temple complexes in India, they were both horrified and intrigued—in equal measure. The graffiti revealed were everything but pornography. They were there to portray the ecstasy of mankind. The marriage of gods. The energy of the universe. The lustful fusion of the two Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati was to maintain the balance of the world. And if you want to be close to these gods, you celebrate their passion. Then there was Chandragupta Maurya, who lived
in the 3rd century BC, and founded not only a kingdom, but surrounded himself with a group
of 500 highly trained Indian and Greek woman-warriors. Further fantasy comes from the Kama Sutra. It’s a work that brings together the spiritual unity of man and woman with the need for sensual pleasure, and it continues to remind us today of a long-forgotten culture. The ancient Greeks celebrated erotic love
too. Their mythology told that the gods came down to the mortals more than once for a bit
of rumpy-pumpy. They worshipped Eros, the god of beauty and lust, and held the most wild parties in the name of Dionysus, the creator of ecstasy, pleasure and wine. Archeological
finds continue to present us with a range of information about these lustful days. From naked chimeras and figures that were half man, half animal, to erotic figurines, love
letters and phallic symbols that have preserved much information. There are faded graffiti that tell us of the relationships of the time, like those in the Sacred Band of Thebes. These boys were the
toughest soldiers, who defended their home town at knifepoint. And every single one of
them was gay! You chose a gay lover in this battalion, to ensure the greatest strength
possible for the team. The Romans, however, thought the Greeks a bunch of softies, and that their men were too effeminate. For the Romans, masculinity
and toughness were all that counted. And how better to express these concepts than through
the phallus? Huge, colourful penises adorned not only their brothels, but also bestowed luck on passers-by, and fertility on women. The size of the Roman Empire brought excitement
into the cities of Italy. Fiery nubile girls, wild women from Gaul or secretive ladies from Syria. There was something to suit every taste. But everything changed with the end of the
so-called heathen world and the arrival of the great world religions. Judaism, followed
by Christianity, propagated an almost neurotic fear of sexuality. Open sex was plain wrong,
and lust was the work of the Devil. Sex was a sin. Coveting: a sin. Even the thought of sex: a sin. Even sex in marriage—unless for reproduction. But never on Sundays or
holy days, and only ever in one position! It was the missionary position, probably so-called
because missionaries were so horrified when, on their crusades in the colonies, they encountered
“natives” doing it like animals. And God forbid sexual enjoyment! As secularisation and the Enlightenment took hold, the neuroses of the prudish Middle Ages seemed to slacken off. Industrialisation brought people in from villages to buzzing towns; they were now, quite literally, closer together. They spent their lives crammed into new neighbourhoods. It was also the time of the Orientalist, who
visited cultures seemingly so far away and foreign that reminded Europe of the art of love. When the Kama Sutra was translated for the first time in 1884 by Richard Francis Burton —albeit without the sexy bits— the stiff corset of Puritanism was finally loosened. The 20th century shattered social taboos again
and again. From Sigmund Freud, to Alfred Kinsey and Michel Foucault, the psychology of desire became a sizzling topic. It presented opposition to the myths of society, the like of which suggested bizarre links between homosexuality and communism. Old ideas were replaced by
new, and the movement reached its apogee in the 60s. 69 is an important number, as we
all well know, but it wasn’t just the hippies who were crawling over each other in this
era of free love. The pill was a great liberation for all women, who could now enjoy sex freely,
and without commitment. It was back to old times: sex was no longer just about reproduction
or the fulfilment of marital duties. Sex was about fun and passion–for both sexes. The clearest demonstration of this sexual revolution was in the cinema. From the first on-screen
kiss, to the first visible belly button, to the first sex scene. And the Kama Sutra–with the sexy bits– became one of the best-selling books in the world. Keep your eye on It’s History to
find out about the libertines of antiquity, the sins of the Middle Ages, and the conquest
of passion in the 20th century in our new series on the history of sex. My name’s Guy, thanks for popping by, see you next time.

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