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Seduction Tactics of Ke$ha and John Donne

Flea Beetle – Longitarsus jacobaeae? 1b © by Dluogs

Human personalities don’t really change much throughout the years. Sure, geography shifts, governments rise and fall, laws are written and rewritten; but core personality traits remain pretty much constant throughout the centuries.  Although we like to separate ourselves from our ancestors, we are much like them. We use the same seduction tactics of trying to convince someone to sleep with us by changing their socially constructed world view into something else.

For instance, the seducing tactic of saying to another person something along the lines of Ke$ha’s hit song, “Let’s make the most of the night like we are going to die young” is not new at all. Men and women throughout the centuries try to convince others to sleep with them by trying to remove all inhibitions and thought of consequence. In Ke$ha’s song, she depicts a man coming to a club or party who came with his girlfriend. The main character find’s it a shame that someone so attractive and intriguing came to the party with someone else and is unavailable to her, so she tries to convince him to make the most of the night by sleeping with each other like it’s the last night of their lives… to celebrate life with a stranger because it’s their last night rather than stay faithful to a girlfriend.

Famous 17th century English Writer John Donne wrote a poem called “The Flea” that uses similar seduction tactics. In the poem, the main character tries to convince a virgin to sleep with him and forget about honor and saving herself for her future husband by claiming that if flea drinks the blood of him and her, then their fluids intermingle and they are no longer virgins anyways. He says that virginity is just a social construction and that they should have sex because they are practically married already if you look at the work from that point of view.

Now, personally, I don’t know if John Donne ever got laid with seduction tactics like that… I mean, fleas aren’t really the romantic of pick-up lines. But who knows, he could have been the Casanova of his day. The 17th century brought about tons of writers and thoughts that propelled modern ideas and I highly recommend you look into some of them. A Collection of John Donne works or Milton’s Paradise Lost might make a great Christmas present this year for a family member who is wild about literature. I know that a lot of people are struggling with buying Christmas presents this year due to money issues, but if that is the case for you, don’t worry. You can take out a car title loan to help. You can get up to $50,000 for a loan, and no credit checks are necessary. If you want to give someone special some new seduction tactics straight from some of literature’s greats, don’t let money stop you!