To an extent – great or small – everybody has a bit of a deviant within, with perverse urges eager to come out. Whether because of internal restraints imposed by conscience, ethics, and morality, or external restraints imposed by society and the fear of ridicule, ostracism, or going to jail, most people have the good sense and self-discipline to keep their inner deviant under tight control. Allowing them to fool the world and hold their perverse urges in check.
Then you have people, like those listed in this article, who lack the inclination or ability to control their deviant and perverse urges. Surprisingly, many prominent people who had a significant impact on history and the world would have much rather spent their time gratifying their sexual desires than changing or ruling the world. Now, the fact that they were perverts does not alter or detract from their achievements and accomplishments, whether good, bad or morally middling grey. However, it is fascinating to consider that so many of the people who played a significant part in shaping our modern world would probably be locked up in prisons or in mental asylums were they alive today.
Following are twelve world-class famous people from history who also happened to be world-class perverts:
Eric Gill (1882 – 1940) was a celebrated English sculptor, printmaker, and typeface designer, many of whose fonts are still in use today. He was named Royal Designer for Industry, Britain’s highest award for designers. He did this even as he played a prominent role in the anti-industrial Arts and Crafts Movement that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and which popularized the use of folk styles of decoration. He was also a total pervert.
Gill was a man of many contrasts, to say the least. In 1913, he converted to Catholicism, and as with many a newcomer to faith, he became a zealot, loudly and ostentatiously professing devoutness to his new creed. With his wife and others, he founded a lay Catholic religious order called The Guild of Saint Joseph and Saint Dominic and went around wearing habits, with a girdle of chastity beneath. The chastity girdle was probably more aspirational than anything else, because it did not stop him from being a complete creep.
Gill was obsessed with sex and had a penchant for working it into almost anything. And his obsessions did not revolve around normal sex: he was into incest, bestiality, and pedophilia, was addicted to prostitutes and liked to abuse his maids. One of his most famous sculptures, Ecstasy, depicts a couple passionately entwined. The model was his sister, with whom he had a lifelong incestuous relationship, and her husband. Some of his most celebrated artwork used his own prepubescent daughters as models, whom he liked to draw nude in semi-erotic poses.
In his diary, he described his perversions with great relish and in exhaustive detail: extramarital affairs, decades of sex with his sisters, incest with two of his daughters, and bestiality with his dog. In short, Britain’s most celebrated sculptor and one of her greatest artists of the modern era was the kind of person who would probably be in jail or on a sex offender registry if he was alive today.