"The Kama Sutra: Past, Present and Future"

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In the literature of all countries there lies a certain number of works dealing with love and passion. Everywhere the subject is dealt with differently, and from various points of view. The origin of most of these books can be traced to the Vatsyayana Kama Sutra, or Aphorisms on Love, by Vatsyayana. This subject is mostly associated on the "how to" side of making love. It is a common misconception that the Kama Sutra is simply just about sex and the infinite positions one can enact during sex. Not many know that it is a book of rules and guidelines on the various sexually related lifestyles one can have. Throughout the ages, the idea of sexual expression has evolved from being in public eye to being shunned away.

In the early ages of the Kama Sutra, sex was out in the open. It wasn't shunned by the public nor officials - but welcomed and respected (Rau, 8).

Prostitutes did not have the marred reputation as they are commonly associated with. Prostitutes were women the product of education and specialized skills. These courtesans were much educated than the rest. Their jobs were to please their clients in all aspects - mentally and physically. They played a great and unknown role in major history. A perfect instance lies with Veronica Franco, a renowned Venetian courtesan who allegedly shared beds with revered religious figure, public officials and other men of high society. She was really the "woman behind the man", who had an effect on historical impact decisions. As time changed, and religion grew a bigger role in daily life - promiscuous activities were being shunned and looked at a mal-perspective. Females were told to become more conservative in their action and courtesans were given a bad name (How We Have Lost the...