“Venus in Furs” is a Riveting Ride for any Free-Thinking Libertine

“Venus in Furs” is the fourth part of the first book, which was entitled, “Love.”   It was published in 1870.  It was written by Austrian author Ritter von Leopold Sacher-Masoch.  To this day, it remains as one of his best known works.  Set in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italy, the general theme of the book is the male sexual desire for a woman’s domination.  The theme also gives an incredible insight into gender rights and power structure of the time.  Since being written, the book has inspired many cultural references and introduced the concept of sado-masochism into Western culture.  You can read a free version of this book at Gutenberg.org.  For fans of the read, a Penguin Classics copy can be purchased at Amazon.com.

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“Headscarves and Hymens” is a Heartbreaking Portrayal of Everyday Life for Muslim Women

“Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution” by Mona Eltahawy is a must read for any libertine interested in the level of gender inequality in Islam.  The abuses Eltahawy lists are shocking:

  1. 90% of married Egyptian women between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone female genital mutilation,
  2. in Egypt 99.3% of women have experienced sexual harassment,
  3. Saudi Arabian women of any age need the permission of a male legal guardian marry, work or access education, must wear abaya robes and headscarves in public, and
  4. 15 teenage girls died in 2002 when “morality police” prevented them from leaving a burning school in Mecca because they were not wearing “correct” Islamic dress.

Eltahawy believes the root of this inequality is the particularly Saudi-style interpretation of Islam.  “Headscarves and Hymens” can be purchased on Amazon.  We highly recommend it.