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
History's Greatest Sex Lives
Helen Gurley Brown is seen in a 1974 photo with her husband, film producer David Brown.   (AP Photo)

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.”
For more, click the link at right. (More sexual behavior stories.)

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