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Dan von Hoyel Presents… The History of Syphilis

by | Sep 21, 2017 |

Dan von Hoyel presents…

Call me a lifelong learner.  It’s a moniker that actually fits a large percentage of the kink community.

We are the folks who (among other things) attend events and classes to continue to develop our skills and knowledge.  I think of it as a sort of “continuing education” for kinksters.

Today’s topic is not one that will give you a new skill.  Instead, it’s a history lesson.  While some folks find history to be boring, I’m the exact opposite.  I’m of the mind that you can’t understand the present if you don’t know the past.

With that in mind, I’d like to share a lively (not to mention informative) presentation by the incomparable Dan von Hoyel.  If you’ve heard of the “Two Knotty Boys”, you already know of Dan, he was 1/2 of that unit  Professional riggers who freely shared their knowledge and skills, J.D. and Dan are no longer a team, but their educational efforts teaching rope bondage are legendary…

It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.

André Gide

killer spirochete

Dan’s presentation is entertaining, not to mention full of facts most of us probably never knew.

But, that’s not the only reason I shared the video.  I also must admit that syphilis is a topic of special interest due to family history.

My paternal Grandfather died in a sanitarium.  Cause of death?  Syphilis!

Yes, even in the 20th century, if left untreated, the little sexually transmitted spirochete bacteria could kill.

About The Author

Michael Samadhi

Michael Samadhi – Joy of Kink Editor – author, lifestyle dominant, sex blogger, sex educator, photographer, artist, pansexual, sapiosexual, polyamorist, audiophile, historian, pagan/Buddhist, former political activist, and community organizer. I tied up a girlfriend (consensually) the first time back in 1980, and it’s been a hell of a ride ever since.



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