Lesbians were not outcasts in ancient India as they were elsewhere. Indeed the Sanskrit word svairini used to describe them, refers to an independent or liberated woman who has refused a husband, earns her own livelihood, and lives either alone or in marriage with another woman.
Indian erotica is unusual in that it never conveys any sense of the illicit, forbidden or sordid. The pursuit of kama (pleasure) is a key pillar in a Hindu attaining salvation. Unlike Chinese and Japanese erotic art which was confined to scrolls and albums, most Indian erotic art was done as individual paintings not meant to hide or stash away rather, Indian erotic art ‘s uniqueness lies in its intent and value as decor to the rooms, buildings and furniture it was proudly displayed upon. These attractive ladies, disporting themselves with the help of dildos, certainly seem to be pursuing their pleasure very actively and more so pertinently, openly!
“Dress of turquoise silk georgette over aqua crepe-backed satin. Aqua lace embroidered with gold thread at hem and neckline. Large rhinestone applied bows on left side. Dropped waistline and a slightly uneven hem with longer panels on left side. Machine and hand sewn… . This dress is notable for its gorgeous styling, dramatic color, dipping hemline - which would be quite showy on the dance floor - and fabulous matching shoes with heels studded with brilliants (object number 89.492.560). The American designer, Peggy Hoyt, billed herself as “Dressmaker to the Aristocracy.”
Is your child stupid?
Turn him into a broom!
Faux French ad from Hara-Kiri magazine, circa 1970s
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Hellmuth Stockmann, “Lesbische Freuden”, 1920