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Good Sex = Good Luck: 17th Century Japanese Sex Figurines

Abstinence is pretty much the worst punishment that could be imposed on humanity. Endless hours of frustration that I don’t care to think about. As far as recorded history goes, the Japanese have always had a healthy interest in sex and in representing it in artwork. Enter Shunga netsuke – small, often ivory or bone, carvings of a healthy, happy sex life. 17th-century kimonos were adorned with these little carvings, often used as toggles on the ends of corded belts used to tie on a variety of important objects, like tobacco pouches. They could be of anything – animals, objects, humans – but erotic netsuke were a popular choice for newlyweds as well as for anyone needing a bit of luck. These netsuke were devoted to all different kinds of sex acts and positions, and not only inspired the wearer but also brought him or her good luck. It makes sense – good sex, however you like it, makes you feel good, radiate positivity, and see the world as a better place, therefore bringing that positivity back to you. Human beings need sex so badly that we’ve even created Real Dolls to fulfill the needs of people so socially awkward they can’t bring themselves to do an actual human person. It’s funny to think of people walking around in feudal Japan wearing toggles depicting threesomes and bestiality, but that’s what they did, proudly demonstrating what they’re into for all to admire. Below is a gallery of some real freaky little netsuke carvings from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

via Dangerous Minds

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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