Ancient Greece Series- Superstition

May 27, 2012
            The concept of superstition doesn’t seem to have changed too much, just the nature of specific superstitious beliefs. We all have certain beliefs or have heard of some being performed in order to have a particular sex for a child or to ward off evil energy surrounding a union. The ancient Greeks also had their own superstitions, too many to mention them all. The following are a selection of some of the more common superstitions.
          Menstruating women were feared, it was thought that they could taint the objects around them. It was said that a menstruating woman could make plants wither and pregnant mares miscarry. Menstruating women could tarnish mirrors by looking into them, dull razors, turn linens in the wash black and rust bronze. The most potent women were those menstruating for the first time or the first time after losing their virginity, these women were thought to have the power to break magical charms.
          To induce impotence, one had to introduce mouse dung or the plant called byra mixed with the urine of an ox to a man’s diet. There are also multiple remedies for the inability for couples to conceive children or to promote a healthy pregnancy. Popular remedies for a variety of ailments include urine, feces and a mother’s milk. These bodily by-products were thought to have healing qualities. If a married couple wanted a baby boy, the mother would have to eat the testicles or womb of a hare or the testicles of a cock.
         The ‘evil eye’ that is known in today’s culture was also present in ancient times. Many ways to avoid the gaze of the evil eye were created. The most popular superstitious method to avoid the negative repercussions of the evil eye is the public displaying of a phallus symbol. It was thought that the evil eye would avert its gaze out of embarrassment at the sight of the phallus. People erected statues, wore jewelry and creatively displayed the phallus symbol. The reason that male genitalia were thought to ward off the evil eye and not female genitalia was that males were thought to be the more powerful sex; therefore, female genitalia were not powerful enough to ward off the evil eye.

~Janice

*Origin ally posted on December 29, 2011*
 

Ancient Greece Series- Nudity in Sports

May 27, 2012
             It would be quite odd to attend a basketball game and watch nude players dunk the ball into the basket, or to watch gymnastics on TV with teens and preteens performing their routine completely naked. Indeed, it would be quite difficult to envision that in the society we live in today. It was different for some time in ancient Greece. Around the early 7th century in Sparta and Thebes, the same time that we see evidence of pederasty, we also find evidence of athletic nudity. It was...
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Ancient Greece Series- Marriage

May 27, 2012
            The concept of heterosexual marriage in modern times has many similarities and differences with ancient Greek relationships. Status and wealth were both important factors when considering a marriage. If status and wealth were not roughly equal for both partners, it was not considered a good match for both sides. Arranged marriages were a way to ensure that people do marry within their class, as marriage was commonly thought of as an alliance between families. When it was advantage...
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Ancient Greece Series- Homosexuality

May 27, 2012
            On the island of Crete we see the first examples of evidence of homosexuality. This evidence was in the form of a bronze plaque from approximately 650 BCE. Initially historians thought homosexuality to be a safe form of birth control, but soon after that, more evidence in the form of literature and art was found to the contrary. The most common form of homosexuality was in the form of pederasty, which is the love between an adult male and a boy. It must be noted that when this pap...
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Documentaries

May 27, 2012
Just posting a few documentaries that i've watched and thought i'd share. All these documentaries are related based on the common theme of acceptance of your body. I found all three interesting and uplifting.

http://documentaryheaven.com/the-perfect-vagina/ - One womans' quest to demonstrate that modern media has damaged some womans views of their own vaginas. She shows that each one is different and beautiful

http://documentaryheaven.com/my-penis-and-i/ - A young man's insecurities with his di...
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Ancient Greece Series- Prostitution

May 27, 2012
           I have done quite a bit of research on the sexuality of ancient Greeks, combining my love of sex and history is always a good thing. I will be splitting the topics up into different posts to make it easier to read and to pick and choose what is interesting to you. I start off with one of the earliest professions: prostitution.

          Prostitution was common in ancient Greece, especially in harbor cities like Athens. The busiest places in such cities were the places that prostitut...
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Just a Few Fun Facts

May 27, 2012
Just a few fun facts about sex, some you may know and some you may not. Reciting one of these facts can break an awkward silence.
‘Shrimping’ is a slang term for sucking on a partners’ toes, related to foot fetish.
In a 1970s Survey (conducted by who I’m not sure) it is stated that 5% of American men admitted to having a sexual encounter with an animal. Another national survey conducted by Morton Hunt found that 2% of women admitted the same. These numbers are lower than previous de...

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In Soviet Russia, you castrate chemicals....i'm sorry that was lame.

May 27, 2012
                Recently, I read a new article about Russia having a bill pass 1st reading that would mean enacting harsher sentences for pedophiles including sentences up to 20 years in prison or chemical castration. Of course, this would all be decided my psychologist evaluation and be based on the likelihood of recidivism. After reading this, it prompted me to look into chemical castration a bit more because as far as I know, Canada only does this on a voluntary basis. Chemical castration ...
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Asexuality Awareness Week!

May 27, 2012
It is asexuality awareness week, and I think I should talk about the topic a little bit. Asexuality is not often discussed in the media or our personal lives, but it is the same as heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.  Let me define this for people who haven’t heard of the subject: asexuality is the lack of sexual feelings toward another person, regardless of gender. Some people believe that asexuality is a simple case of individuals who have gone undiagnosed with hypoactive sexu...

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Book review...well, a few

May 27, 2012
I have read quite a few books on the wonderful topic of sex, most of them are non-fiction and most of them are quite technical. I have chosen a few books that are good for the general public to read without having to know alot about sex before picking them up. I know many of my readers are quite capable of reading an in-depth book on human sexuality but i've been accused of recommending books that are a hard read unless you know alot on the subject.

My first book was a very fun and informative...
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