Bernard Natan

Bernard Natan was one of France’s first well-known pornographic directors.  Perhaps taking slight advantage of his role, he often cast himself in his own pornographic films in homosexual scenes.  Apparently, his favorite roles were as the giver of oral sex and the recipient of anal sex.

Nationalized Women

In every revolution, one finds individuals who take advantage of the chaos for their benefit.  As the Bolsheviks came into power in Russia, some used the new creed of Marxism-Leninism for their own gain, before Moscow put a stop to it.  In Suizran, north of the Caspian Sea, it was proclaimed that all the women should be nationalized.

Whereas before, the bourgeoisie hoarded the most beautiful women for themselves, leaving the workers and peasants with second best, from then on, all women would be shared communally.

When Lenin and Moscow found out, their disapproval was quickly made known.  The order was rescinded, and even possessing a copy of it was made a crime.

The Missionary Position

The “missionary position” is axiomatically considered to be the most boring of all sexual positions, in which the man is on top of the woman and both are lying down.  The name of it comes from the Trobriand Islanders.  When Christian missionaries reached the islands, they preached that only this position was acceptable, a fact that was much to the islanders’ distaste, for they considered it impractical and improper.  They even performed caricatures of the position around the communal campfire for entertainment, so strange did they find the idea.  It is from them, via Bronislaw Malinowski, the famous anthropologist who studied them, that this term entered the English lexicon.

Tiberius and the Invention of Sexual Positions

It is rare that, in human history, a specific sexual position is given any sort of inventor.  Most of them probably predate humanity as we think of it.  The majority of the rest are simple enough that cultures independently invent them before they meet each other.  There are stories of cultures transmitting certain ideas.  For instance, it was said that the Greeks had taught the Persians about the possibility of anal sex, but even then, there is no original Greek inventor of the concept.

The single exception of which I know is the “daisy chain.”  This term has several variations, all of which involve a circle of people performing the same action on the next person that is being performed on them by the previous person in the circle.  However, the specific variation to which I refer is that in which a circle of men each anally penetrate the man in front of them.

According to history, the daisy chain was invented by the Roman emperor Tiberius, during his long retreat on the island of Capri.  A great deal of sexual improprieties were attributed to him, though, so perhaps this should be taken with a grain of salt.  Nevertheless, it makes the position unique in the annals of history to the best of my knowledge.