Sex kitten

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A sex kitten is a woman[1] who exhibits a sexually provocative lifestyle or an abundant sexual aggression. The term originated around 1956[2] [3] in articles in the British and American press and was originally used to describe French actress Brigitte Bardot.[4][5] Sources believe Bardot's role in Et Dieu... créa la femme (And God Created Woman) was what inspired the term in the mid 1950s.[1]

The 1960s began the era of women embracing their sexuality after moving forward from the idea that women were very unlikely to experience pleasure during sexual activities.[6]

While sex kitten is still used in its original context, it has also slowly added the context of a sex role and type of fetish between two (or more) consenting adults.


Ann-Margret was described as a sex kitten in the 1964 film Kitten with a Whip.[7][8] But, other than Ann-Margret and Brigitte Bardot, the term wasn't associated with any other actresses in Hollywood.

Eartha Kitt, singer of the 1953 Christmas hit "Santa Baby", was also deemed a sex kitten due to some of the lyrics in her song.[1]

A sex kitten is not always youthful.[9] In various definitions, the sexual attractiveness of a woman is the primary factor of sex kittens, but that did not necessarily mean physical beauty.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Umphred, Neal (April 18, 2019). "Where Have All the Sex Kittens Gone, Long Time Passing?". Medium. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "28 Oct 1956, 13 - The Observer at". Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  3. ^ "13 Dec 1956, 21 - Los Angeles Evening Citizen News at". Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  4. ^ "Brigitte Bardot: her life and times so far – in pictures"
  5. ^ "LIFE With Brigitte Bardot: Rare and Classic Photos of the Original ‘Sex Kitten’"
  6. ^ Meah, Angela; Hockey, Jenny; Robinson, Victoria (2011). "I'm a Sex Kitten, Aren't I...". Australian Feminist Studies. 26: 57–71. doi:10.1080/08164649.2010.546328.
  7. ^, Ann-Margret - Films as actress, retrieved March 28, 2008.
  8. ^, ANN-MARGRET, retrieved March 28, 2008
  9. ^ Kakutani, Michiko. "Who Exactly Is This Sexagenarian Sex Kitten?" The New York Times. March 15, 1996.