History's Greatest Sex Lives
Genghis Khan to Madonna, not just about numbers
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2010 9:41 AM CDT
Helen Gurley Brown is seen in a 1974 photo with her husband, film producer David Brown.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Taking into account sheer numbers, global impact, and inventiveness, James Brady Ryan counts down the history’s top sex lives for Nerve. Some highlights:

  • Genghis Khan: When 8% of the population of Central Asia (which includes 17 million males) are your direct descendants, you did something right.
  • Madonna: “No one has ever done more to commercialize female sexual aggression” than the woman who “sang a song simultaneously about praying and blowjobs.”

  • Helen Gurley Brown: “When your sex life improves the sex lives of women for decades afterwards? That’s greatness,” Ryan notes of the Cosmopolitan editor and author of Sex and the Single Girl.
  • Catherine the Great: Russian empress isn’t “on the list for any horse-related shenanigans,” but rather because, as “a sugar-mama extraordinaire, Catherine lived her love life exactly the way she wanted, and probably the way many people wish they could.”
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