I like vintage erotica

A reader asks if fantasizing about now-dead people is "creepy." We ask Dan Savage and other experts to weigh in

By Tracy Clark-Flory
Published November 11, 2011 1:00AM (EST)
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Dan Savage says that it's creepy to fantasize about people who have died. Because it is not possible to ever actually ... you know. I may agree with him about the recently deceased, but I like vintage erotica, and sometimes I do fantasize that I'm making love to the women in those naughty French postcards -- the lingerie, the beds, the divans, the pillows on the floor ... it's all so soft and warm and pre-Raphaelite. When the Internet happened and all the porn became available, like most lesbians, I didn't like any of it -- until I found the porn of pre-WWI Europe. Finally! I have a genre. What a relief.

I've noticed that modern photographs that re-create vintage erotica do nothing for me. Women in the costumes with the period props are just silly. There's something about knowing that she lived her life long ago and left only these beautiful glimpses of her sexual expression that captures my erotic imagination.

But. She's dead now. And there's no possibility of meeting her. But I think Dan is wrong. What do...

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