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  1. Korhomme
    March 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    PayPal et al are American, and like so much that is American, seem to think their mission includes forcing the rest of us to subscribe to their “morality” and “culture”. We can think anyway that they like. I’m reminded of this:

    He that can not think is a fool,
    He that will not think is a bigot,
    He that dare not think is a slave

    which I first saw on a church noticeboard in Belfast, unlikely as it may seem. There are some other slight variations, and various attributions.

    A couple of minutes thought adds these to your list:

    Mythology:
    Rome and the Rape of the Sabine Women
    The Amazons (who captured and raped the men)
    Daedalus and the hollow cow he made for Pasipha√ę — the ultimate in beastiality? (I don’t remember enough of the details of Mary Renault’s “The Bull from the Sea”, but I guess she includes the story.)
    Anything with Zeus in it

    History:
    Cleopatra and the Pharaohs — brother/sister incest (and marriage)
    War Histories — there’s rape in just about all of them (or there should be)

    Literature:
    Pride and Prejudice has the young Lydia seduced by Mr Wickham — is she underage?
    A lot of Wilkie Collins — bigamy etc
    The Collector (John Fowles)
    The Forsyte Saga — Fleur’s rape
    Ovid

    Biography:
    Eric Gill (sculptor, typographer) and Lawrence Durrell — father/daughter incest
    Lewis Carroll — photographer of naked and very underage girls

    There’s not much left that’s “safe” to read.

    • March 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      oooh, I’d completely forgotten The Collector, which I found insanely erotic.

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