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Masturbation : The History of a Great Terror - Jean Stengers

Masturbation

The History of a Great Terror

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Published: 6th July 2001
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"Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror" is a funny and frightening look at the attitudes towards masturbation throughout history and how they have affected the sex lives of anyone living and breathing today. The French biologist, Tissot, was the original spoil-sport who turned masturbation into the scourge of young men everywhere. Saying that a little self-induced pleasure caused wasting, insanity, and finally death, Tissot put the clamps (literally, in some cases) on the greatest relaxation inducer known to humankind. From Tissot's work to the punitive postures of the German courts to the surgical preventatives of continental Europe and England to the handbook of the Boy Scouts of America, spanking/wanking, yanking/choking, and other assorted diddling became the big no-no. Stengers and Van Neck give us the whole story and it isn't pretty, but it will fascinate everyone who agrees with Woody Allen when he said "Hey, don't knock masturbation It's sex with someone I love."

.,."rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study." --"Publishers Weekly,,"."a good read." --"Library Journal,,"."required reading..." --"Playboy,,"."genius..." --"Flaunt Magazine""Kathryn Hoffmann's lively translation of Jean Stengers and Anne Van Neck's "Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror "is both a great read and a cautionary tale about the power of ideas. . . . Loaded with quotations from Freud, Rousseau, and many lesser lights on the intellectual landscape, the book traces how speculation becomes 'fact, ' and fact becomes 'nature'--and also how quickly that nature could change." --Merry Wiesner-Hanks ..".rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study." --Publishers Weekly

..".a good read." --Library Journal

..".required reading..." --Playboy

..".genius..." --Flaunt Magazine

"Kathryn Hoffmann's lively translation of Jean Stengers and Anne Van Neck's Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror is both a great read and a cautionary tale about the power of ideas. . . . Loaded with quotations from Freud, Rousseau, and many lesser lights on the intellectual landscape, the book traces how speculation becomes 'fact, ' and fact becomes 'nature'--and also how quickly that nature could change." --Merry Wiesner-Hanks ...rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study. "Publishers Weekly"

...a good read. "Library Journal"

...required reading... "Playboy"

...genius... "Flaunt Magazine"

Kathryn Hoffmann's lively translation of Jean Stengers and Anne Van Neck's "Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror "is both a great read and a cautionary tale about the power of ideas. . . . Loaded with quotations from Freud, Rousseau, and many lesser lights on the intellectual landscape, the book traces how speculation becomes fact, ' and fact becomes nature'--and also how quickly that nature could change. "Merry Wiesner-Hanks"" ..".rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study." --"Publishers Weekly"

..".a good read." --"Library Journal"

..".required reading..." --"Playboy"

..".genius..." --"Flaunt Magazine"

"Kathryn Hoffmann's lively translation of Jean Stengers and Anne Van Neck's "Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror "is both a great read and a cautionary tale about the power of ideas. . . . Loaded with quotations from Freud, Rousseau, and many lesser lights on the intellectual landscape, the book traces how speculation becomes 'fact, ' and fact becomes 'nature'--and also how quickly that nature could change." --"Merry Wiesner-Hanks" ..".rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study." --"Publishers Weekly" ..".a good read." --"Library Journal" ..".required reading..." --"Playboy" ..".genius..." --"Flaunt Magazine" "Kathryn Hoffmann's lively translation of Jean Stengers and Anne Van Neck's "Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror "is both a great read and a cautionary tale about the power of ideas. . . . Loaded with quotations from Freud, Rousseau, and many lesser lights on the intellectual landscape, the book traces how speculation becomes 'fact, ' and fact becomes 'nature'--and also how quickly that nature could change." --Merry Wiesner-Hanks ."..rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study." --"Publishers Weekly"

."..a good read." --"Library Journal"

."..required reading..." --"Playboy"

."..genius..." --"Flaunt Magazine"

"Kathryn Hoffmann's lively translation of Jean Stengers and Anne Van Neck's "Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror "is both a great read and a cautionary tale about the power of ideas. . . . Loaded with quotations from Freud, Rousseau, and many lesser lights on the intellectual landscape, the book traces how speculation becomes 'fact, ' and fact becomes 'nature'--and also how quickly that nature could change." --Merry Wiesner-Hanks "...rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study." -"Publishers Weekly" "...a good read." -"Library Journal" "...required reading..." -"Playboy" "...genius..." -"Flaunt Magazine" "Kathryn Hoffmann's lively translation of Jean Stengers and Anne Van Neck's "Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror "is both a great read and a cautionary tale about the power of ideas. . . . Loaded with quotations from Freud, Rousseau, and many lesser lights on the intellectual landscape, the book traces how speculation becomes 'fact,' and fact becomes 'nature'--and also how quickly that nature could change." -Merry Wiesner-Hanks 0;...rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study.1; 2;"Publishers Weekly" 0;...a good read.1; 2;"Library Journal" 0;...required reading...1; 2;"Playboy" 0;...genius...1; 2;"Flaunt Magazine" 0;Kathryn Hoffmann7;s lively translation of Jean Stengers and Anne Van Neck7;s "Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror "is both a great read and a cautionary tale about the power of ideas. . . . Loaded with quotations from Freud, Rousseau, and many lesser lights on the intellectual landscape, the book traces how speculation becomes 6;fact,7; and fact becomes 6;nature7;--and also how quickly that nature could change.1; 2;Merry Wiesner-Hanks " ...rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study." -- "Publishers Weekly" " ...a good read." -- "Library Journal" " ...required reading..." -- "Playboy" " ...genius..." -- "Flaunt Magazine" " Kathryn Hoffmann's lively translation of Jean Stengers and Anne Van Neck's "Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror "is both a great read and a cautionary tale about the power of ideas. . . . Loaded with quotations from Freud, Rousseau, and many lesser lights on the intellectual landscape, the book traces how speculation becomes ' fact, ' and fact becomes ' nature' --and also how quickly that nature could change." -- Merry Wiesner-Hanks ..."rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study." --"Publishers Weekly" ..."a good read." --"Library Journal" ..."required reading..." --"Playboy" ..."genius..." --"Flaunt Magazine" "Kathryn Hoffmann's lively translation of Jean Stengers and Anne Van Neck's "Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror "is both a great read and a cautionary tale about the power of ideas. . . . Loaded with quotations from Freud, Rousseau, and many lesser lights on the intellectual landscape, the book traces how speculation becomes 'fact, ' and fact becomes 'nature'--and also how quickly that nature could change." --Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Introductionp. vii
"A Shameful Vice Which Decimates Youth"p. 1
Before the Fearp. 19
Onaniap. 37
Onania's Influencep. 53
Tissotp. 61
Tissot's Triumphp. 77
An Obsession of the Western Worldp. 101
The Faith Starts to Be Shakenp. 123
Tradition Holds Onp. 137
Reflux into Disorderp. 153
Brief Conclusionp. 177
Notesp. 181
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780312224431
ISBN-10: 0312224435
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 6th July 2001
Publisher: ST MARTINS PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1