A gargantuan feast of naughtiness, Seduction! contains everything you need to know about sexual temptation and enticement.
From Eve and the Apple, Sirens, Sarah Palin, Casanova to James Bond. Plus Nigella's seductive cuisine and tips for an evening you won't forget!
Seduction begins in the opening pages of the Bible with the corruption of Eve in the Garden of Eden by the Serpent. She in turn seduces Adam and persuades him to eat the Forbidden Fruit.
Food has always been a key ingredient in seduction as Nigella Lawson knows only too well. More on food seduction and Nigella later!
Literature and the Arts are full of male seducers and from Don Juan through to James Bond the seduction of women has proved a popular theme throughout history.
In the real world seduction is a constant source of fascination to the media and plays an important part in public life and, in particular politics.
The urge to seduce women is a key driving force in many male politicians.
Seduction by Men
Perhaps this is because politicians, more than any other profession, seek to exert power and influence and the urge to seduce women may be due to the male politician's unusually high alpha-male drive.
Seduction and resulting affairs often play a key part in the downfall of politicians - You need look no further than the Kennedy Dynasty or Bill Clinton and the famous dress of Monica Lewinsky.
How different history might have been if Monica had visited the dry cleaners or Bill had taken less interest in cigars.
It also leaves us with the interesting question of who really seduces who? Often it is the male seducer who looses power and influence as a result of his exploits while the woman apparently seduced gains influence, money or power.
Perhaps motive is the key. Men primarily seduce women in order to conquer and achieve sexual gratification while woman are more likely to seduce men in order to gain other benefits beside sexual pleasure. While male seducers have their brains firmly in their trousers, perhaps woman have broader motives than just the desire for instant sexual pleasure.
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Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt (1725–1798) was perhaps the most famous seducer in history and a Venetian adventurer, intellectual and author.
His name remains synonymous with the art of seduction and he is sometimes called "the world's greatest lover".
He was something of a celebrity in his day, mixing with European royalty, popes and cardinals, along with contempories Voltaire, Goethe and Mozart.
He entered the University of Padua at twelve and graduated at seventeen, with a degree in law.
Casanova had also studied moral philosophy, chemistry, and mathematics, and was keenly interested in medicine. While attending the university, Casanova began to gamble and quickly got into debt.
Back in Venice, Casanova began a career as a lawyer. He soon acquired an elderly patron, a senator, who moved in the best circles and taught young Casanova a great deal about good food and wine, and how to behave in society.
When Casanova was caught dallying with his patron’s intended object of seduction, actress Teresa Imer, however, the senator drove both of them from his house.
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Casanova’s growing interest in women led to his first sexual encounter with two sisters Naneeta and Maria Savorgnan, then only fourteen and sixteen.
So began a life of gambling, drinking and debauchery and the pursuit of countless women of all ages and classes.
The reason Casanova is so well known to this day, is that he was forced to spend some years as a librarian in the household of Count Waldstein of Bohemia where boredom drove him to write his autobiography.
Seduction by Women
In Greek mythology, the Sirens lived on an Island and lured fishermen to their deaths, drawn by their incredible beauty and unearthly music. The fishermen once hooked were unable to resist their call and they and their vessels were smashed to pieces on the rocky coastline.
Queen Cleopatra of Egypt first seduced Mark Anthony and later the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar by sending him a gift of a carpet. When the carpet was unrolled Caesar found an unexpected 'extra' inside in the shape of the beguiling Cleopatra.
Women have often been deployed in espionage as 'Honey Traps'. In other words, to extract state secrets from men. One of the most famous spy-seducers was Mata Hari.
She was a famous exotic dancer who spoke several languages. Mata moved in high society in France and had many lovers in the military and diplomatic circles. During the First World War she was accused of spying for Germany and was executed.
The tradition of woman as seducers of men is a key theme in the movie genre of Film Noir. Typical Femme Fatales featured include Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner, each ensnaring their lovers in bonds of irresistible desire.
Sarah Palin and the Republican Party
Finally, Alaskan Goveror Sarah Palin proved an unexpectedly powerful pick in St Paul, seducing traditional Republicans with her powerful mix of homely wisdom, 'Hockey Mom' and beauty queen, gun-totting good looks. Although the Snow Queen didn't make it to Washington she certainly added a little zest to the Presidential race.
A perfect contemporary example of the use of food in seduction is offered by Nigella Lawson, well-known TV Chef from the UK. Nigella delights TV viewers around the globe with her sensual cooking and curvaceous good looks.
For many, particularly men, the climax of the show is not the progress of Nigella's cullinary preparation or the actual cooking of the food but the sight of the lovely Nigella consuming the fruit of her labours for the benefit of the camera.
Delicious Nigella bewitches the nation with her succulent sauces, sizzling casseroles and wickedly syrupy puddings. The sight of all those oozing juices and rising souffles is stimulating enough. But when Nigella succumbs to her own tasty delights and wraps her tongue deftly around an exotic vegetable tip or dreamily sucks creamy dessert from her fingers it is all too much. The pans of a nation boil over in an orgy of gastronomic lust.
Practical Seduction Tips
Seduction can be downright bad when it leads to blackmail, brings down governments or steals someone else's partner. However, as Nigella ably demonstrates, it can also be relatively innocent and fun when used to promote cook books or invigorate an existing relationship.
So why not let food liven up your love-life and seduce your partner with an erotic meal to remember. If you can cook then why not take Nigella's culinary approach to its logical conclusion?
Make sure you're home an hour or two before your partner and prepare a suitable meal. Ideally something you can finish off cooking with your partner watching. If you're not a confident cook, then you can always fall back on a takeaway or take the love of your life to a cosy restaurant.
Make sure the planned meal isn't too filling or heavy. Also limit the amount of alcohol involved. Remember you want your partner to be wide awake at the end of the meal!
Don't forget to Prepare Yourself
You are an intimate part of this meal and just as you peel the vegetables and wash them so you should prepare yourself. So take a leisurely shower or soak for a while in an aromatic refreshing bath. If you are a girl then dig out some special underwear and, depending on his tastes, some stockings or other turn ons.
Remember that In cooking, preparation and presentation are all important.
If you take him to a restaurant then you can always tease him by hinting at what you are wearing and watch his desire increase during the seemingly long wait between courses. With the restaurant scenario, depending on your mood, you might suggest skipping the sweet and offer yourself as dessert. You can amuse yourself by seeing just how quickly he can get the waiter over with the bill and whisk you home.
If you're eating in, once the main course is finished, you have a choice:
- Discretely reveal your underwear and present yourself as the pudding
- Serve up a fruity and seductive sweet
Why not have only one serving and feed yourself and your partner alternate spoonfuls adding a few choice kisses and caresses between mouthfuls?
Make sure your lover sees you eating and alternatively nibble, suck and lick until they loose interest in food and the only thing they desire is you! Finally, don't forget to serve your special dish (you) really hot and leave the coffee until later!
Here's hoping you've enjoyed this brief encounter with a little naughtiness, temptation and seduction (not forgetting Nigella and her tempting feasts!).
That's the theory over. Now its up to you to do the practical work!
Here to inspire you is a little clip of the delicious Nigella to finish with.
Rik Ravado (author) from England on September 13, 2010:
poetvix - I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by.
epigramman - I so wish I could lead you to Nigella but unfortunately we are not that well aquainted. However, if she ever asks me around for a feast I will invite you to tag along!
epigramman on September 12, 2010:
...I am totally seduced by your life affirming hub which is so well crafted and put together - and when you're at it please take me to your leader - Nigella Lawson!!!!!
poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on August 12, 2010:
This Hub, in my opinion, is totally stellar. It was informative, interesting and held my interest throughout, not to mention taught me a few things.
Rik Ravado (author) from England on April 10, 2010:
Craftsmith and occam - glad you both enjoyed the naughtiness and seduction and thanks for stopping by!
occam on April 08, 2010:
Good hub - I enetertaining. Thanks.
Craftsmith from India on January 27, 2010:
Naughtier the nicer !:D
Rik Ravado (author) from England on November 19, 2009:
'Naughty but nice' is a very nice thing to say - Thank you!
Vicky Webb on November 19, 2009:
naughty but nice hub.
Rik Ravado (author) from England on November 10, 2009:
MM - Thanks for stopping by - One day must do a femme fatale Hub!
Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on November 09, 2009:
Sounds like you know what you're talking about here,
Rik:-). Nigella is luscious. For me it's her descriptions --she could make cardboard sound not only edible, but delectable. And yes, I can see how she attracts a male audience as well.
Excellent hub. MM
P.S. Also a HUGE Barbara Stanwyck fan!
Rik Ravado (author) from England on November 09, 2009:
Lisa - I'm glad you enjoyed and trust you were satisfied by the end!
Lisa Hess from firstname.lastname@example.org on November 08, 2009:
Oh my very very naughty. Yesss
Rik Ravado (author) from England on April 18, 2009:
CC - nice to see you again and glad you enjoyed. Incidentally, all my other Hubs, except the vacuum cleaner one, are deeply intellectual. I like your way with words - giving the ladies 'kneak wees' sounds facinating!
C. C. Riter on April 18, 2009:
Oooo, I love this hub. I love cooking and make a few dishes that give the ladies kneak wees. I have always been a fan of Don Juan and Casanova who I also think was known to have boasted about Nuns being readily available. haha Now that was an art! thanks for the great read
Rik Ravado (author) from England on March 31, 2009:
Don't know what IMF is but sounds rude!
Geran Mulln on March 30, 2009:
Rawr i got a friend with IMF and wow he is gonna love this!
Seduction Meals on February 10, 2009:
Fun post. I just stumbled it
Rik Ravado (author) from England on January 07, 2009:
Good luck Charlotte!
Charlotte on January 07, 2009:
Hehe...will definitely try what i can from this on my fella...i just need train and taxi friendly seduction foods lol.
Rik Ravado (author) from England on December 08, 2008:
Glad you enjoyed SweetiePie.
Catala - Carol V is definitely a possible candidate - I saw some pictures of her in the early days of Countdown - she looked very 'down to Earth'. As she's grown older she's got increasingly glamorous. But how seductive can you really be over the choice of vowel or consenant?
catala on December 07, 2008:
I,m surprised you didn't put Carol Vorderman seducing all the OAPs with vowels, consenants and conundrums in ludicrously tight "does my bum look big in this dresses" but then again that's only teasing or mutton dressed as lamb..not like Nigella.
SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on August 22, 2008:
Very entertaining hub and should be a must read for those starting a new romance.
Rik Ravado (author) from England on August 07, 2008:
Ralph - you're never too old!
Vivenda - I don't know what you mean. Anyway, are you trying to seduce me?
Vivenda from UK (South Coast) on August 07, 2008:
Mmm - I had no idea you were so knowledgeable... Now, what's for dessert???
Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on August 07, 2008:
Nice job, but 50 years too late for me!