A 1930s literacy campaign in Russia used sexual poses to teach the alphabet
Features Friday, March 27, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | March 25, 2015 | 2.38 pm IST The images might be misleading, but it this is definitely not a lesson in sex education. A post from Dangerous Minds website that is slightly over a year old has been doing the rounds on social media showing the Russian alphabet adorned with highly innovative if sometimes gravity defying sexual positions. But then hey, it was apparently meant to be cheeky a way to learn the alphabet. First published around a year-and-a-half ago, Dangerous Minds carries an image of the entire Russian alphabet with 33 letters. Within the characters are men and women in various sexual acts which are highly imaginative to say the least Ã¢â‚¬â€œ threesomes, animals, flying penises, angels with wings, it's all there.Â This alphabet was designed by Sergey Merkurov and published in a book in 1931. He is known in Russia as a USSR PeopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Artist who had created sculptures of Russian icons including Vladimir Lenin.Â But the website also claims that the book in which this alphabet design is carried was aimed at improving literacy, and may even have been part of the Bolshevik illiteracy eradication campaign of the early 20th century. For the link between MerkurovÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s work and the use of phallic imagery in Greek and Roman art, and to view all the images of the alphabet, visit The Charnel House. (Image Courtesy: Dangerous Minds website) Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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