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Whether out of a desire for children, pleasure, money, power, driven by love, lust, revenge, self-discovery, or simply because it isn't allowed, our attitudes to sex and sexuality are forever changing. Through the centuries, religion, superstition and morality laws have impacted what is and isn't deemed acceptable, while technology and disease have redefined the limits of pleasure and reproduction.
Many cultures have come a long way from prohibiting masturbation - by way of a microscope - or homosexuality - a 'perversion' once comparable to cannibalism - while others continue to condemn promiscuous behaviour, particularly of women. The subject is endlessly fascinating and never more relevant to today's discussions of relationships and gender.
Sex Story brilliantly and humorously reveals our sexual ancestry, highlighting the key characters of change along the way, and foretells a future of virtual gratification.
About the Author
Will McMorran is a Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at Queen Mary, University of London.
The book France won't stop talking about...undoubtedly a lovely Christmas gift for anyone with a keen interest in when and how the first vibrator was invented * Telegraph * OOH la la...We've come a long way from wrapping Lady Chatterley's Lover in brown paper * London Evening Standard * A witty account that embraces everything from the earliest humans to the age of cybersex * Guardian * Funny, erudite, and devilishly sexy, The Story of Sex is a treat for the whole family (except, perhaps, younger children and muffled prudes) * The Culture Trip * Warm, humane, inclusive, open-minded * The Times *
ISBN: 9781846149320 ISBN-10: 1846149320 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 208 Published: 1st December 2016 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 29.3 x 21.9
Weight (kg): 1.21
Edition Number: 1