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15 Great People Who Were Also Perverts

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List Criteria: Vote for the great people with the most surprisingly perverted habits

As some sort of a sequel to Beau Iverson's list (http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-most-historically-important-perverts-of-all-time/beau-iverson), I've decided to compile this list of 14 other allegedly awesome people who were really perverts in their private life.Your opinion on Lewis Carroll, Charlie Chaplin, HG Wells, and Lord Byron will never be the same.

A lot of Googling involved here, and some of the sites used may not be accurate. If I made a mistake, please make a Disquz comment so I can correct it!

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    Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Great People Who Were Also Perverts
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    Guilty of: Being a playboy, stripping women in 'auditions'

    Who's this guy?
    THE single most famous actor of the silent film era, and possibly ever in film history. Even small children who have never heard of his name inevitably remember his hat-and-cane image.

    What's his story?   
    Chaplin was obsessed with young women, having confessed to have sex with over 2000 women. He would find young women to star in his movies, oftentimes just teenagers, seduce them, and then drop them for the next one as soon as the girl began to fall in love. When they would get pregnant, he would tell them to get abortions and show his contempt for them. One girl, whom he married in secret after she became pregnant, was standing outside on the platform of the back of train after the ceremony, and Chaplin walked up to her and said, "This would be a good time to put an end to your misery – why don't you jump?"

    According to film historian Kevin Browning, "Charles would only communicate with the actress he was auditioning via caption cards and mime, supposedly to test their ability to 'perform' in silent movies. The cards would become ever more lewd and suggestive as he got them to undress, and he would fondle their breasts in an exaggerated silent movie acting manner..."

    What's more, at the end, Chaplin would make them stand naked and while he threw pies at them. If they cried out, they failed the audition because, apparently, that made them unfit to mime.

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    Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Great People Who Were Also Perverts
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    Guilty of: Child pornography 

    Who's this guy? 
    Author of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Horrible mathematician in real life (he wrote Alice in Wonderland to ridicule the study of complex numbers). 

    What's his story? 
    Carroll was perhaps one of the first people to take up photography as a habit. He took about 3000 photographs in his life, of which only 1000 have survived. About 500 of those were of little girls. 

    You see, unlike Charlie Chaplin and HG Wells (both of whom are on this list), Carroll did not have any affairs with women. He remained a bachelor throughout his life. Unfortunately, that meant he always had an entourage of little girls around him. He would write poems, riddles, and other fun stuff for the girls, as well as... love letters. Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, was one of them. The moment the girls reached puberty, they would kick them out.

    Carroll enjoyed taking pictures of his little friends. They were harmless at first, but in the 1870s, he started taking pictures of them with no clothes on. What's more, their families were fine with it. All but four of the nude photos have survived to this day.

    Carroll only liked English girls. American girls were too rude for him. As for boys, he wrote, "I confess I do not admire naked boys in pictures. They always seem... to need clothes, whereas one hardly sees why the lovely forms of girls should ever be covered up."

    According to Carroll, he was tormented by the "inclinations of my sinful heart" and often lay down in bed thinking about maths to ward off his "unholy thoughts." Let's just be glad that he dropped photography in 1880.

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    Guilty of: Incest, bestiality, pedophilia, being Eric Gill, etc.

    Who's this guy?   
    A successful sculptor and typeface designer. Many of his fonts are still used today.

    What's his story?
    Although he claimed to be a devout Catholic, he was also a complete pervert who went much further than extra-marital affairs (though he had those too). This guy would totally be in jail if he were alive today.

    Let's start with his sculptures. Though magnificent, his sculpture entitled "F**king" of a couple entwined in complete ecstasy. The models? His sister (who he was incestuous with during the time of the creation of the sculpture and for most of his adult life) and her husband.    
    Gill is said to have incestuous relationships with both his sisters, Angela and Gladys. Additionally, he abused his two eldest daughters, drawing almost erotic pictures of them nude in prepubescent stages. "Girl in Bath" depicts a young teenager crouching in a bath tub; "Hair Combing" shows a plump girl with long, flowing hair. Many of these drawings were later transformed into wood carvings and are some of Gill's most celebrated work.   

    Gill was obsessed with sex, abusing his maids, prostitutes, even his animals. Should his art be celebrated or condemned?



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    Guilty of:  Masochism, possible paederasty (relationship with a teenage boy)

    Who's this guy?
    Better known as Lawrence of Arabia, which is a pretty self-explanatory name – he played a major role in the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire. He was also an archaeologist.

    What's his story?
    Lawrence was a celibate who hated being touched, and his friends believed he was asexual, but according to some, this changed when he met Dahoum, a 12-year-old Syrian boy who worked with him in archaeology. The two allegedly fell in love and lived together. It has even been claimed that Lawrence wrote about 'sweet' embraces in his journal and made a naked model of Dahoum, although none of these claims have ever been verified. 

    In his memoir The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (which was dedicated to Dahoum, by the way), he claims that he was captured by Turks in 1917, brutally beaten, and raped. Many say, however, that there are subtle tones of eroticism during these excerpts. He said he felt "delicious warmth, probably sexual, swelling through me." 

    What's more, he regularly asked his pal John Bruce to whip his buttocks over a period of 12 years. He would ask to be flogged 30-75 times in a tent, sometimes with a witness, then have them write an account of the flogging to read later. His excuse? An uncle identified only as 'R' (who probably never existed) asked him to be disciplined. It's believed that Lawrence was reliving his physical and emotional trauma through the whippings, either consciously or unconsciously. 
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    Yuan Mei

    Yuan Mei is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 15 Great People Who Were Also Perverts
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    Guilty of: Lots of affairs with both sexes, possibly pedophilia 

    Who's this guy?
    One of the most renowned poets of the Qianlong era. Yuan Mei is said to be the most perverted person in the history of China's literati, and that's talking about a >2500-year-old (and counting) history.  

    What's his story?  
    Yuan Mei was a bisexual. He had affairs with a bunch of concubines (two Taos, a Fang, a Lu, a Jin...), several female students as well as men (a Li, a Zhuang, a Gui, a Cao Yutian, a Wu, a Lu...). His favorite, a guy called Jin Feng, followed him everywhere. If that's bad, hear this: at the age of 70, he allegedly had shared a bed with a small girl who admired him.

    Fellow poet Zhao Yi said Yuan was "gentle" to both men and women. Zhao goes on to predict that, in order to pay off his "debts," Yuan will become a butterfly or bee in his coming life at worst, or a monkey at best. Contemporary historian Zhang Xuecheng wrote five essays to condemn Yuan. "This scum of a man should be executed by lingchi (slow slicing)," Zhang wrote. Politician Liu Yong got so tired of his scandals that he nearly cut off his head. Talk about notoriety.


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    Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 15 Great People Who Were Also Perverts
    Photo: Stéphane Moussie/Flickr
    Guilty of: Pederasty, dressing up in all sorts of weird ways

    Who's this guy?
    A playwright and novelist known for his homosexuality, for which he was caged. Thought to be a martyr to some homosexuals.

    What's his story? 
    Wilde is notorious for his weird dress. He dressed "in a velvet coat edged with braid, knee-breeches, black silk stockings, a soft loose shirt with a wide turn-down collar, and a large flowing tie." 

    Wilde really liked having relationships with young boys. The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which a Basil Hallward painted a picture of a young man called Dorian Gray. The portrait would age each to Gray committed a sin. The story was based on his own experience with an artist called Basil Ward (wow, that's a whole world of difference, Oscar) painted a naked young man, but whose youth was lost before the portrait's completion.  
    Wilde was a big fan of the Uranian poets, who embraced pederasty. He had pederastic relationships with several people, including Robbie Ross, John Gray, and Lord Alfred Douglas. He also liked sneaking off to sleep with male prostitutes, and also targeted servant boys and newsboys. He described these actions as "feasting with panthers," and wrote that "the danger was half the excitement."

    His relationship with Douglas backfired. It was never a good idea from the start – the boxing rules are named after Douglas' father, the Marquess of Queensberry. After Queensberry said Wilde was gay, Wilde sued him for libel and lost, only to be prosecuted for sodomy. He went to jail, and thus became a martyr for the gay community.

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    Percy Grainger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 15 Great People Who Were Also Perverts
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    Guilty of: Sadism, masochism 

    Who's this guy?
    An Australian. One of the all-time greatest composers of the 20th century.  

    What's his story?  
    Grainger believed in sado-masochism. He thought that his creativity was tied to his sexual drive, and that flagellation activated both. It is believed that this was due to his father's frequent beatings of his mother. Grainger would often have his wife whip him, and recorded his activity with detailed notes and photos, sometimes aided by nearby mirrors. This obsession started when he was 16.   

    He tried out lots of different types of whips, 83 of which he donated to a museum. They included whips made from conductors' batons along with a pair of blood-soaked shorts.  

    It's quite fortunate that he didn't have children, or he would have had a great time punishing them. "I long to flog children," wrote Grainger. "It must be wonderful to hurt their soft, unspoiled skin." Just the opposite of Zheng Banqiao.
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    John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 15 Great People Who Were Also Perverts
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    Guilty of: Nude swim parties, lots of affairs (including with questionable girlfriends) 

    Who's this guy?

    The guy you met in history class when you were learning about the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, what you've read about JFK in history books may not be the whole story. 

    What's his story?  
    JFK reportedly loved swimming to soothe his aching back. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh thinks otherwise. According to Hersh, JFK enjoyed having nude swim parties with women in the White House swimming pool, including with two of his assistants, Fiddle and Faddle. Secret Service officers closely guarded the pool and the secret within. Once, Jackie decided to go for a dive in the pool, and the three had to duck for cover. 

    Other claims by Hersh include mob ties through a common girlfriend, extra-marital affairs, narcotics use and a previous, non-terminated marriage (pretty much everything you don't want from a politician). 

    Were the stories true? Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr says Hersh is "the most gullible investigative reporter I've ever encountered." Perhaps Hersh did rely on a fair bit of hearsay, but he did base his views on interviews with Secret Service officers and related persons.   

    If you think those claims are far-fetched, just wait till you read the websites that say he was the boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield and Zsa Zsa Gabor, who were also alleged girlfriends of Anton LaVey.
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