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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Promiscuity

 

a term used to designate the stage of totally free relations between the sexes that allegedly preceded the establishment of marriage norms and family forms. There is no direct evidence of promiscuity among any people in antiquity, nor has it been observed in contemporary backward societies.

REFERENCES

Engels, F. “Proiskhozhdenie sem’i, chastnoi sobstvennosti i gosudarstva.” In K. Marks and F. Engels, Soch, 2nd ed., vol. 21, pp. 4041.
Semenov, Iu. I. Kak vozniklo chelovechestvo. Moscow, 1966.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Promiscuity

See also Profligacy.
Anatol
constantly flits from one girl to another. [Aust. Drama: Schnitzler Anatol in Benét, 33]
Aphrodite
promiscuous goddess of sensual love. [Gk. Myth.: Parrinder, 24]
Ashley, Lady Brett
forever falling in love with young men. [Am. Lit.: The Sun Also Rises]
Barbarella
scantily dressed, sex-loving, blonde astronaut. [Comics: Horn, 96]
Camille
“a woman of Paris.” [Fr. Lit.: Camille]
Compson, Candace
gave herself freely to every man she met; her illegitimate daughter became equally promiscuous. [Am. Lit.: Faulkner The Sound and the Fury in Magill I, 917]
Forrester, Mrs. Marian
traveling husband not enough to fulfill desires. [Am. Lit.: A Lost Lady]
Ganconer
fairy who makes love with, then abandons, women. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 183–184]
Gomer
Hosea’s wanton wife. [O.T.: Hosea 1:1–3]
Looking for Mr. Goodbar
Theresa Dunn haunts singles bars in a compulsive quest for the ideal lover. [Am. Lit.: Weiss, 267]
Messalina
wife of Emperor Claudius of Rome. [Rom. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 701]
Rogers, Mildred
though a wanton, Philip loved her above all else. [Br. Lit.: Of Human Bondage; Magill I, 670–672]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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