Today considered one of the most influential texts ever written on sex, the Kama Sutra is responsible for fair number of, let’s say, "experimental" nights (and, presumably, just as many thrown backs and pulled muscles).
Still, while most might be familiar with the Kama Sutra’s list of impressively acrobatic sex positions, it’s not as well-known that only one section of a total of seven concerns the subject of sex, as a new video from Vox points out.
Beyond the its capacity as a sex manual, the text goes on cover such illuminating topics as potion-making ("If a man…throws this mixture on a woman, she will not love anybody else afterwards"), home décor, and how to be a profitable sex-worker.
Not all of these household tips are especially positive, however. As one might naturally expect with a guidebook from ancient times, it gets into some pretty dark and unpleasant areas of areas at times, such as a list of types of women a man oughtn’t sleep with, or how rape is an acceptable last resort in courting a wife. Yikes.
As the video points out, the Kama Sutra is not a modern treatise, but rather a historical document that helps provide context of the societal power dynamics of a of a bygone era. So, if it also happens to contain a few good sex tips in there, too, then, hey—all the better.
Watch the full clip below: