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The Most Historically Important Perverts Of All Time  

Beau Iverson
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These are some of the most influential, famous and historically important human beings of all time (who also happened to be huge, shameless perverts and/or deviants.) Sure they were all a little predatory, but we wouldn't be where we are without these forward-thinking men who, in modern day, would have red dot above their house in a government database.

Marquis de Sade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Historically Important Perverts Of All Time
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Marquis De Sade was a French aristocrat, revolutionary, and writer. He's most famous for bringing explicit material to people in a time where showing off your ankles was scandalous.


Marquis de Sade became famous for his libertine sexuality and lifestyle (i.e., a person without moral restraint, free thinkers), but mostly for his suggestive novels. He also left the world with the practice of S&M. That's right, the man invented S&M. How? Well, first of all, it's NAMED after him.

The term, "sadism," is based on Marquis de SADe: the idea of developing pleasure as a result of inflicting pain. "Masochism" is first seen in some of De Sade's more Gothic-inclined sexual novels, where, for example, the female character is bound and tormented, but also fondled, and develops a kind of attraction to her tormentors. 


Sade's tales began with an affair with his wife's sister, imprisoning a so-called "lady of the night" for pleasure and abuse (she escaped from the second floor window and ran away ... possible idea for a Disney film? Title: "Rapunzel"...), and poisoning two manservants with the Spanish Fly aphrodisiac.

Being the good wife that she was, Sade's wife she then joined as his accomplice in hoarding pleasure concubines and staffed the castle with young "employees" of both genders for Sade's pleasure. That's how this guy rolled. and why he's at the top of this list. The guy didn't just have a dungeon for his dirty deeds, he had a freakin' CASTLE.

During his life, Sade was in prison or the insane asylum for 32 years, though, due to his prolific writing and sexual deviance. Napoleon Bonaparte (another pervert who used to write to his mistress long poetry about her pubic hair, no foolin') ordered the final arrest of Sade, but the libertine was able to score one more affair with a 13-year old for 4 four years before he passed on in 1814.

He laughs at Chris Hansen from his grave.Notably, he was in the insane asylum at the time, which would 100% make him win the "weirdest place you've made whoopie" game at your local baby shower. Sade's main goal in his writings was to create "the most impure tale that has ever been written since the world exists." Not bad for his time.

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Aleister Crowley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Historically Important Perverts Of All Time
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Aleister Crowley was a British writer, prophet and magician, though not quite the bunny-in-a-hat type that most people love. The real kind. The kind that does a lot of drugs, doesn't shower and makes love with people as part of his religion.


He was a well-known occultist. As prophet of his new religion, Crowley developed Thelema, a polytheistic religion that ushered in the belief its followers should follow their own "True Will" and neglect their ego. Basically he was a famous almost-real-life-warlock who stirred up a bunch of people at a time when it was relatively easy to stir people up.

Apparently, the faith parallels that idea the (at the time) new 20th century would usher in a new ethical code that would be followed as the beginning of the Aeon of Horus: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."


Crowley not only founded a religion based on magik, he also founded something called "Sexual Magik" (no, this wasn't discovered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Sting,) which is basically just using climax and/or arousal (and sometimes fluids) as parts of a spell. That's the class that Hogwarts doesn't teach until the last year.

Here are some great quotes on his particular brand of magic, and how best to go about it (take out your pens and pads!):

- In the "New Comment" to The Book of the Law, "the Beast 666 adviseth that all children shall be accustomed from infancy to witness every type of coital act, as also the process of birth, lest falsehood fog, and mystery stupefy, their minds." Translation: all kids should see every kind of act as soon as they get control of their motor skills. They also have to witness a birth. Never lie to your kids (so no Santa Claus, I guess).

- "... Politeness has forbidden any direct reference to the subject of sex to secure no happier result than to allow Sigmund Freud and others to prove that our every thought, speech, and gesture, conscious or unconscious, is an indirect reference!" Everyone, do what feels right. Go nuts, kids, and in about 70 years listen to KISS.

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Sigmund Freud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Historically Important Perverts Of All Time
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Freud is the founder of psychiatry and the initiator of the "Talking Cure" (aka, $300/hour for a person who won't chew your head off if you don't shut up about your life). He identified the study of psychoanalysis, bringing forth repressed thoughts and feelings into consciousness. Oh, and he recommended a great antidepressant: cocaine. He also believes we all want to bang our parents and, for some reason, smoke penises.

He broke down the psyche into three components of personality: the Id ("pleasure principle", wants us to bang everything), the Ego ("reality principle"), and the SuperEgo (the aim for perfection, mainly unconscious and contains the person's "ego ideals" aka the conscience).

Freud admittedly had sexual feelings for his mother and his following work/research, although extremely useful and revolutionary, was basically one big, long "am I right guys? No? But what if..."

Obviously, this turned into excellent research material, where Freud conceived the "Psychosexual Theory", identifying 5 key stages of libido development.

Yes, the libido begins developing at birth. After all, according to Freud, infants are primitive sexual beings. The stages of development are aptly titled the Oral, Anal, Phallic, Latency, and Genital stages. As part of the Phallic phase, Freud "uncovers" the subconscious sexual attachment children have to the parent of the opposite sex. Naturally, this leads to jealousy and a host of other emotional issues, which then contribute to repressed memories and feelings, ultimately driving up the cost and time of "talking cure" sessions.

Of course, Freud never tested his theory on babies himself, but did use the findings of his adult patients' psychoanalysis to uncover these "truths".

"Hey, so uh, pretty sexy kid ya got there, mind if I ask you a few questions?..."

When asked about sexual perverts, Freud identifies his own father for his sexual perversion and contribution to his brother's hysteria (aka mentally insane).

"I learned it from watching YOU!"

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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Historically Important Perverts Of All Time
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James Joyce was an author responsible for seminal works like a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake. He's one of the greatest Irish writers of all time. He's one of those authors whose work screamo bands name themselves after because they just learned about him in AP English class. He's that good.

He is one of the most remembered figures of the Modernist movement and helped usher in a new way of writing language. His writings experimented with structure in ways that have never done before and changed the way people read words. He had a chapter with five letters in it. Nobody'd done that before.

He is responsible for some of literature's greatest moments and has taken people to new places and emotions they've never felt before. He proves that words never die.

Well, for one thing, he liked to fart on people's faces while having sex (and no, he wasn't Canadian). He even wrote really passionate letters about it. Check it out right here.

A few favorite fart quotes:
"if a gave you a bigger stronger f**k than usual, fat dirty farts came spluttering out of your backside. You had an asse full of farts that night, darling, and I f**ked them out of you, big fat fellows, long windy ones, quick little merry cracks and a lot of tiny little naughty farties ending in a long gush from your hole."

We are not kidding. These are real quotes from one of literature's greatest voices.

"It is wonderful to f**k a farting woman when every f**k drives one out of her. I think I would know Nora's fart anywhere. I think I could pick hers out in a roomful of farting women. It is a rather girlish noise not like the wet windy fart which I imagine fat wives have. It is sudden and dry and dirty like what a bold girl would let off in fun in a school dormitory at night. I hope Nora will let off no end of her farts in my face so that I may know their smell also."

Needless to say, to all high school undergrads, you finally have English essay material. And now I say, "Goodnight, my little farting Nora, my dirty little f**kbird!" You don't see that quoted on Barnes & Noble billboards.

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