From the fourth-century clay figurine of a woman masturbating found at the Hagar Qim Temple in the Island of Malta, to the paintings of artists like Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, female masturbation has always represented sensuality and freedom. Therefore, we've brought you these eight artworks that will make you appreciate the most important elements of such an intimate act.
you are the one
i am lit for.
i am the bush.
i am burning
i am not consumed.
"To a Dark Moses"
by Lucille Clifton
Having sucked deep
In a sweet peony,
A bee creeps
Out of its hairy recesses.
by Matsuo Basho
She suck’d until her lips were sore
How my face, your flower, had pursed
Its petals up; so, here and there
You brush it, till I grow aware
Who wants me, and wide ope I burst.
"In A Gondola"
by Robert Browning
Love Letters from a Portuguese Nun by (1669) Milo Manara
When she rises in the morning
I linger to watch her;
She spreads the bath cloth underneath the window
And the sunbeams catch her
Glistening white on the shoulders
Gloire de Dijon
by D. H. Lawrence
A short revealing frock?
It's just my luck
your lips were made to mock!-
Sappho, "fragment 155"
loose translation by Michael R. Burch
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