A sex kitten is a woman who exhibits a sexually provocative lifestyle or an abundant sexual aggression. The term originated around 1958, and was originally used to describe French actress Brigitte Bardot. Sources believe Bardot's role in Et Dieu... créa la femme (And God Created Woman) was what inspired the term in the mid 1950s.
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.
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-Margaret was described as a sex kitten in the 1964 film Kitten with a Whip. But, other than Ann-Margaret and Brigitte Bardot, the term wasn't associated with any other actresses in Hollywood.
- Umphred, Neal (April 18, 2019). "Where Have All the Sex Kittens Gone, Long Time Passing?". Medium. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
- The earliest use cited in the OED Online (accessed November 26, 2011) is in the Daily Sketch, June 2, 1958.
- "Brigitte Bardot: her life and times so far – in pictures"
- "LIFE With Brigitte Bardot: Rare and Classic Photos of the Original ‘Sex Kitten’"
- 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.
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- Kakutani, Michiko. "Who Exactly Is This Sexagenarian Sex Kitten?" The New York Times. March 15, 1996.
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