As long as we’re doing Victorian fetish fuel I can’t resist putting in my own little contribution.

Friedrich Nietzsche’s Zarathustra has a rather notorious aphorism “Du gehst zu Frauen? Vergiss die Peitsche nicht!” (“You go to women? Do not forget the whip!”) So it was in literature. In life, things were rather the other way round, and we have the photographs to prove it.

Friedrich Nietzsche as a whipped pony boy

This was taken in 1882 in Lucerne, and here it’s Nietzsche himself who’s one of the pony boys (the other is Paul Rée). Lou Andreas-Salomé wields the whip. This picture can be found in lots of places on the web, although it was brought to my attention by Julian Young‘s new Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography.

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