Holder of this record is a common man turned king, Gyges (r. c. 680-c.
652 BC), who attained his position by murdering the former ruler after
seeing his wife in the altogether. Though he will forever be remembered
as a usurper and lush, it is interesting to note that he didn't have
much choice in the matter.
It began when the vainglorious king of Lydia, Candaules,
believing his wife to be the most beautiful woman in the world, boasts
of her sex appeal to one of his bodyguards, a man named Gyges. Sensing
his disbelief, he felt the only way to prove himself right was for Gyges
to see his wife nude. The bodyguard demurred, saying such an act would
dishonor the queen and that "one should mind one's own business."
More likely he was afraid of the horrific punishment awaiting him if
he were caught. But Candaules was adamant. He arranges for him to hide
behind the door of their nuptial chamber. When his queen enters and
undresses for the evening, Gyges gets a good look at her exquisite physique,
and sneaks out of the room when her back is turned.
Unfortunately, "the woman glimpsed him as he went
out, and perceived what her husband had done. But though shamed, she
did not cry out or let it be seen that she had perceived anything, for
she meant to punish Candaules." She prepared those of her household
that was most faithful, and summoned Gyges. When he came, the lady addressed
him, "Now, Gyges, you have two ways before you; decide which you
will follow. You must either kill Candaules and take me and the throne
of Lydia for your own, or be killed yourself now without more ado; that
will prevent you from obeying all Candaules' commands in the future
and seeing what you should not see. One of you must die: either he,
the contriver of this plot, or you, who have outraged all custom by
looking on me uncovered." (Herodotus, Histories 1.8-11)
He reluctantly agrees to her demands and ambushes Candaules
in the bedchamber. She keeps up her end of the deal, and thus married
to the very woman he ogled, he rules Lydia for 28 years.
I cast my vote for Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut,
who reigned from 1472 to 1458 BC. Ascending the throne in 1512 BC, she
was married to Thutmose II. Together they reigned for three or four
years, until he had a son Thutmose III, born to a commoner. When Thutmose
II died, Hatshepsut presented herself as the young king's regent and
effectively took control of the government. She crowned herself pharaoh,
took a Horus name (limited to kings and hence males), and adopted masculine
poses and pharaonic regalia, even wearing the symbolic royal beard.
Throughout history there have been various religious orders that practiced
mass copulation as a means to please their gods. Titus Livy, in History
of Rome (Book 39.13), writes that the Bacchanalia, a Roman festival
celebrated by cult members in the second century BC, would meet secretly
and "no sort of crime, no kind of immorality, was left unattempted."
The cult would work itself into a raving, orgiastic frenzy and then
"forcibly debauch" the new recruits; any initiates who resisted
were quickly dispatched. The group grew in popularity for a time, but
became so obnoxious even by the lax moral standards that the Senate
banned the cult in 186 BC. No known estimate of the number of people
who took part in these affairs exists, but at least 7,000 people were
arrested in connection after the crackdown.
One other lecherous religion is Khlysty, a 19th
century Russian flagellant order whose perverted doctrines where advocated
by Rasputin. I don't know of any modern day counterparts that still
use mass fornication, but there are bound to be a few open to new members.
Good news, I suppose, for people who say they aren't getting enough
sects in their life.
In the spirit of upholding fine academic traditions, the University
of Michigan hosts an annual streaking event, the Naked Mile Run, which
occurs on the last school day of the spring semester. On April 21, 1998
it attracted its largest crowd ever, which Ann Arbor police estimate
as 1,500 people, though the U-M Department of Public Safety put the
figure at a more conservative 500-800. Starting out at 10:40 p.m., the
mob of runners, mostly students, gamboled gracefully in the nude on
campus grounds—this in spite of the fact that it was 17 degrees outside.
A real damper to the fervor wasn't so much the weather
but the prospect of having one's mug appear in some deve's video collection.
10,000 spectators lined the route, a good portion of them sporting photographic
equipment, no doubt to immortalize the some 200+ females that joined
the run. As a result participants have started deploying counter-measures:
masks, squirt guns, and in some cases, brute force against anyone holding
a camera. For a free look at the event—censored, though—visit The
Naked Mile: An Ann Arbor Tradition.
Gilles de Rais, a fifteenth century French nobleman and war hero, was
also one of medieval Europe's worst sadistic killers. An ally of Joan
of Arc during the Hundred Year War, he was later named Marshal of France
by King Charles VII. Afterward he settled in his estates in Brittany,
where his heroic nature gave way to his murderous impulse. He enjoyed
killing his victims, mostly young boys, whom he would sodomize before
and after decapitation. Sometimes he would watch as his servants butchered
the children and later would masturbate over their entrails.
Because he was a baron, he was able to avoid suspicion
for a long time while the death toll rose steadily. His reign of terror
came to an end when the Duke of Brittany dug up the mutilated remains
of 50 boys in his castle. He confessed to 140 killings; conjecture puts
the toll as high as 800. On October 26, 1440, as a macabre example of
overkill, Gilles was simultaneously hanged and burned alive.
A Hungarian countess named Elisabeth Bathory (1560-1614) murdered as
many as 610 young women in order, as tradition has it, to bathe in their
blood. Aided by her haggish servants and a network of procuresses to
keep up a steady supply, Elisabeth amused herself by torturing girls
with knives, red-hot pokers, pincers, needles, and other gruesome tools.
Some were frozen in icy streams; others were left starving to death
in her various dungeons. She installed an "Iron Virgin," a
cage fitted with blades that would embrace its victims and stab them
This continued for a number of years, until finally, in
1610, one Count Thurzo arrived on the scene. He arrested and executed
the servants, and ordered Elisabeth imprisoned in her castle for the
remainder of her life. She died three and a half years later.
Also called spintriae, a daisy chain is a line of people joined
end to end (or front to back) in sexual union. The Roman Emperor Tiberius
(14-37 AD) was a big fan of the practice, and frequently incorporated
it in his public orgies. The number of participants in these affairs
is sketchy, but a reasonable estimate is about 30 or so.
Dangerous Sex Technique
Undoubtedly the most dangerous singular activity would be autoerotic
asphyxiation. Usually performed by adolescent males, this technique
is the deliberate constriction of blood flowing to the brain while,
uh, masturbating. The lack of oxygen produces lightheadedness, supposedly
enhancing the sexual experience.
As you can imagine, squeezing the blood out of your brain
isn’t the healthiest of activities. On occasion the carotid artery collapses,
producing unconsciousness in seconds, and eventually death. One researcher
estimates 500 to 1000 deaths annually nationwide, so this is not something
you should approach offhandedly. Also, not only do you run the risk
of dying, you also risk looking incredibly stupid when they find you.
Want to know more? Check out The Breathless Orgasm:
A Love map Biography of Asphyxiophilia by John Money et. al (1991).
In his book The Sex Chronicles Lance Rancier outlines an extremely
dangerous act once practiced by Asian prostitutes:
[Japanese prostitutes working] in the
Hong Kong harbor offered the ultimate pleasure to a man. The service
was expensive to the man and dangerous to the woman. The Sampan girl,
working in a boat, leaned over the side of the boat and ducked her head
into the water. The customer entered her from behind, experiencing exquisite
vaginal spasms around his penis as the woman reacted to her near drowning.
She pulled herself out of the water just before she lost consciousness,
usually after the client had experienced an intense orgasm.
Needless to say, you shouldn't try this at home.
Much to their chagrin, South Africa has the highest incidence of rape
in the known world. Figures released by the South African
Police Service show 64,000 incidences of sexual assault in the country
in 1999, for a rape rate of 116 per 100,000 people. Unbelievably,
this is thought to be the lowest estimate
officials believe the actual number to be 20 times higher.
have gotten so bad that some companies have begun to offer—I kid you AIDS in the world).
In what may be one of the most heinous examples of police corruption
and cover-up, Haj Muhammad Mustapha Tabet, a 54-year-old police chief
of Morocco, was charged with rape, deflowering virgins, inciting debauchery,
abduction, and assault of 518 women in his flat over a seven-year period.
Tabet secretly recorded the encounters on some 118 videotapes, said
to be "not only pornographic but also horror films." His supervisor
and ten other senior police officers were also charged with obstruction
of justice and destroying evidence.
At his trial Tabet, who was married with two wives and
five children, claimed that the women were willing sexual partners.
He suffered from sexual obsessions, he said, and claimed to have had
sex with 1,600 women in the past three years. The court didn't buy it.
On March 15, 1993 he was found guilty on all charges, and sentenced
to death. Five months later he was executed before a firing squad. Tabet
got off relatively easy: had he been tried under Islamic law, as many
were calling for in the predominately Muslim country, he would have
faced either crucifixion or being stoned to death.
During World War II, the Japanese procured numerous jugun ianfu
("comfort women"), females imported from Korea, the Philippines,
Burma, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Netherlands to cool the jets
of the rank and file. Not that the women had much choice in the matter.
More than 200,000 girls and women were forcibly inducted in the program,
half of them dying as a direct result of the treatment they endured.
Many were detained in the program 3 to 5 years, and were raped 5-20
times a day. At an average of 10 rapes a day, 5 days every week, each
girl was violated at least 7,500 times during their 3 years of service.
Charles Scott Robinson, 30, was sentenced by an Oklahoma City judge
to 30,000 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl.
An eight-time felon previously convicted of burglary and possession
of a stolen vehicle, he was found guilty of one count of rape by instrumentation,
two counts of forcible oral sodomy and three counts of indecent or lewd
acts with a child under 16. The jury recommended 5,000 years for each
count, stating, "We don't want him to have a chance of ever getting
out again." Despite the extreme measure, Robinson could be up for
parole in as little as 15 years. The Department of Corrections considers
any sentence over 45 years to be the equivalent of a life sentence,
and state law requires that a person be considered for parole after
serving one-third of a sentence