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Sexual Positions from the Chosun Dynasty

September 28th, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers

The Chosun Ilbo has an article HERE that talks about a recently discovered Chosun Dynasty era play that is quite sexually oriented. Here is some of the steamy dialog:

“With an arrow put to the string, I have no choice but to shoot it.” “How shameless you are! We’re almost there. How can I stop it even if you ask me to? Damn this skirt of mine! Why is it here now?”

I think the dialog is between a 61-year-old man and an 18-year-old gisaeng. But just because the guy was 61, you should not assume he was just an old fogy, missionary-style guy because apparently he was willing to experiment with some of the new Chosun-era sexual positions, including the “rocking the swing,” “toying with a duck’s legs,” “flying fairy,” and “flower in the back garden.”

Though I have no idea what the modern equivalent of “toying with a duck’s legs” might be, I think I have a pretty good idea of what position “flower in the back garden” is.


52 Responses to “Sexual Positions from the Chosun Dynasty”

  1. comment number 1 by: T_K

    At the risk of sounding puerile, I have to see the whole play. Could anyone translate a scene for us?
    Historical smut can be pretty hilarious.

  2. comment number 2 by: Jahn

    What ya’ll got against whores? Artisans can be whores and vice versa. High class whores ARE “high class” if they can roll with the upper class. The whole arguement about how Korea didn’t have any prostitutes before WWII or Japanese Annexation is incredibly stupid anyway. Of course there were whores. Class division + money + male dominance = prostitues.

    This is a bit off topic, but Matt, I’m sure the current Japanese porn industry’s contents and influence on Japanese men might be interesting to you. Just suggesting since you’re into Japan and all.