Seduction: A Short History

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Seduction is the process of enticing someone to engage in a relationship; often to entice them to engage in sexual behavior. Let’s face it, we all know someone who can persuade anyone into doing anything, so strong is their power of charm. Historically strategies of seduction have included various techniques of non-verbal communication such as the usage of a parasol, fan, and kerchief for communication. The term for seduction is based in 1526 Late Latin and Middle French, seducereact of leading aside, and means literally to lead astray.

ha1The term has positive and negative connotations.It can imply temptations, or simply mean flirtation or charm. Legendary seducers from history include Cleopatra, Giacomo Casanova and the fictional character Don Juan. Seduction seen negatively involves sexual enticement and leads someone astray, generally due to a choice they would not have made if not due to a state of intense desire. Seen positively, seduction is a synonym for the…

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