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Being Modern: Burlesque

Burlesque is all about the tease. It involves a joke, a knowing wink. It's about celebrating the natural female form. It's a theatrical performance, naughty but nice, subversive but saucy...

The 10 Best seduction techniques

From expensive dining to a simple smile, we show you how to win over your date guided by Leil Lowndes, author of How to Make Anyone Fall in Love With You.

The facts of life: Seduction

There are five main ways to tell if someone is flirting with you: their eyes will flit around your face and body; they begin to mirror your actions; they raise their eyebrows when they first meet you (ever so slightly); their feet and hands will point towards you subconsciously; and their pupil size and blink rate increases.

Questionnaire: How seductive are you?

Seduction gets a mixed press. In 1938, the singer Frank Sinatra was charged with the crime of seduction "for enticing a woman of good repute to engage in sexual intercourse upon his promise of marriage". The case was dropped when it appeared the woman was already married. The writer Georges Simenon also managed to "seduce" 20,000 women, but mainly on the strength of the French Franc. So leaving out deceit and bribery, do you know which techniques actually work? Tick your two likeliest answers to each question.

Ellie Levenson: British men and the art of seduction

Macmillan are going to publish Love Letters of Great Men, an invention by the makers of the film version of Sex and the City which, until now, didn't exist. The book, which Carrie reads while in bed with her lover Mr Big, and which he copies and sends in emails in order to woo her back after leaving her standing at the altar, includes letters by Pliny, Henry VIII, Mozart and Napoleon. Leaving aside the question of whether Henry VIII, divorced from two wives and murderer of two more, should be feted as an example of how to woo a woman, I am not convinced that sending love letters is the way to a woman's heart.

Love bites: The naked truth about aphrodisiacs

This Thursday is Valentine’s Day – and if you’re planning a feast of amorous adventure, you’ll want your menu to push all the right buttons. But do aphrodisiacs actually work? Can fried lamb’s testicles really make the earth move? Christopher Hirst and his other half bravely find out