A French Reputation


7th May, 2012

I stumbled across these vintage American nudie magazine and couldn’t help feel a little perplexed by the way the word ‘French’ had been slapped all over the cover art as if it was some specially imported brand of sex. Russians do Vodka, the Spanish do bullfighting and the French do sex. Apparently.

So what I would like to know is just how French women came to have this wonderful reputation as an army of skanks? It’s possible we had American GI’s to thank for returning home from the war in Europe and getting a little carried away with their tales of uninhibited French women. Ofcourse, France has always been a place associated with love, romance and lust but according to young servicemen, France was entirely a land of beautiful prostitutes, enchanting burlesque dancers and pleasure dens.

As rumors spread of the delights of France awaiting American bachelors, men’s magazines jumped on the bandwagon. The proof is in the pudding when you take a look at some of these sensational cover lines.

I would like to clarify however, that had American GIs not come to France, liberated the country and consequently celebrated the end of World War II by clinking glassess with some very appreciative French girls, well, let’s just say history would be very, very different.

And I have a feeling  that deep down, French women secretly enjoy and embrace their international reputation as sexual beings.

By the way it’s probably a little late to say, but this post might not be safe for work. Sorry for not mentioning that earlier.

Any thoughts? Alternative opinions?



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