Eros: The Myth Of Ancient Greek Sexuality

By Bruce S Thornton

Eros: the parable of old Greek Sexuality is a debatable e-book that lays naked the meanings Greeks gave to intercourse. opposite to the romantic idealization of intercourse dominating our tradition, the Greeks observed eros as a strong strength of nature, most likely risky, and short of regulate by means of society: Eros the Destroyer, now not Cupid the Insipid, fired the Greek imagination.The destructiveness of eros may be obvious in Greek imagery and metaphor, and within the Greeks’ attitudes towards ladies and homosexuals. pictures of affection as hearth, disorder, storms, madness, and violence—Top forty tune clichés for us—locate eros one of the unpredictable and lethal forces of nature. the attractive Aphrodite embodies the desirable probability of intercourse, whereas femmes fatales like Pandora and Helen characterize the dicy charms of woman sexuality. And homosexuality typifies for the Greeks the scary energy of an indiscriminate urge for food that threatens the soundness of tradition itself.In Eros: the parable of historic Greek Sexuality, Bruce Thornton deals a uniquely sweeping and accomplished account of old sexuality freed from at present trendy theoretical jargon and pretentions. In its conclusions the ebook demanding situations the distortions of a lot fresh scholarship on Greek sexuality. And all through it hyperlinks the cautious attitudes of the Greeks to our present-day issues approximately love, intercourse, and kinfolk. What we see, ultimately, are the origins of a few of our personal perspectives in addition to a imaginative and prescient of sexuality that's maybe extra sincere and mature than our personal harmful illusions.

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A Pocket History of Sex in the Twentieth Century: A Memoir

By Jane Vandenburgh

Born into “a sure form of family”—affluent, white, Protestant—Jane Vandenburgh got here of age while the sexual revolution was once sweeping the cultural panorama, making its mark in a fashion that will swap our manners and mores without end. yet what all started as an all-American existence quickly spun off and went spectacularly awry.
Her father, an architect with a well known l. a. enterprise, was once arrested a number of occasions for being in homosexual bars throughout the Nineteen Fifties, and merely freed while her grandfather paid bribes to the L.A.P.D. He used to be eventually put in a psychiatric clinic to be “cured” of his homosexuality, and devoted suicide whilst she was once 9. Her mother—an artist and freethinker—lost custody of her young ones whilst she used to be devoted to a psychological health center. the writer and her brothers have been raised via an aunt and uncle who had, lower than one roof, seven youngsters and difficulties in their own.
In the midst of non-public trauma and loss, Vandenburgh delights in revealing higher truths approximately American tradition and her lifestyles inside of it. Quirky, witty, and uncannily clever, A Pocket heritage of intercourse within the 20th Century is a superb mixture of memoir and cultural revelation.

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Sexual Politics in Modern Iran

By Janet Afary

Janet Afary is a local of Iran and a number one historian. Her paintings makes a speciality of gender and sexuality and attracts on her event of turning out to be up in Iran and her involvement with Iranian girls of alternative a long time and social strata. those observations, and a wealth of historic files, shape the kernel of this e-book, which charts the heritage of the nation's sexual revolution from the 19th century to this present day. What comes throughout is the extreme resilience of the Iranian humans, who've drawn on a wealthy social and cultural historical past to defy the repression and difficulty of the Islamist nation and its predecessors. it really is this resilience, the writer concludes, which kinds the root of a sexual revolution occurring in Iran at the present time, one who is selling reforms in marriage and relations legislation, and critical extra egalitarian gender and sexual kinfolk.

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Sex Magic, Tantra & Tarot: The Way of the Secret Lover

By Christopher S. Hyatt, David Cherubim

This e-book bargains the coed of Western Tantra the information and internal fact that has been hidden from us when you consider that perception. this can be a new and elevated variation in which you will discover a wealth of functional and passionate Tantric thoughts using the archetypal photographs of the Tarot. not anything is held again. all the equipment are particular and obviously defined.

"Each people has a mum or dad Angel -- a significant other and lover who waits simply in the back of the photographs that flood our minds in the course of sleep or reverie. A protector and advisor who disguises because the person with whom we fall in love; an awesome lover who has cherished us because the starting of our person life and who won't ever abandon us until eventually the moment we merge our being into Absolute Godhead." -- From the book

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The Myth of Sex Addiction

The media this day is full of strong males in hassle for his or her sexual behaviors, and continuously, they're clinically determined as sexual addicts. considering Adam first concealed his nakedness from God and pointed the finger at Eve, males have struggled to take accountability for his or her sexuality. during the last 3 a long time, those behaviors have come to mirror no longer an ethical failing, yet as a substitute, proof of an ill-defined sickness, that of “sexual addiction.” the idea that of sexual dependancy is a debatable one since it relies on questionable study and subjective ethical judgments. Labeling those behaviors as intercourse habit asserts a fake, risky fantasy that undermines own accountability. not just does this epidemic of intercourse dependancy excuses mislabel male sexuality as harmful and bad, however it destroys our skill to carry humans responsible for their behaviors. by way of labeling men as susceptible and powerless ahead of the onslaught and churning tide of lust, we remove these issues that males should still dwell as much as: own accountability; integrity; strength of mind; independence; responsibility; self-motivation; honor; appreciate for self and others.

In The fantasy of intercourse Addiction, Ley offers the background and questionable technology underlying this alleged illness, exposing the ethical and cultural judgments which are embedded within the inspiration, in addition to the numerous fiscal elements that force the label of intercourse dependancy in medical perform and the preferred media. Ley outlines how this label represents a social assault on many varieties of sexuality—male sexuality in particular—as good as proposing the trouble this label creates in retaining humans accountable for their sexual behaviors. Going opposed to present assumptions and developments, Ley debunks the concept that intercourse habit is actual, or at the very least that it's as common because it seems to be. as a substitute, he means that the high-sex behaviors of a few males is anything that has been tacitly condoned for numerous years and is barely now categorised as a disease as males are being held responsible to a similar principles which have been utilized to girls. He indicates we should always count on males to take accountability for sexual offerings, instead of helping an technique that labels male sexual wish as a "demonic strength" that has to be resisted, feared, taken care of, and exorcised.

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Different Loving: The World of Sexual Dominance and Submission

By Jon Jacobs

A leap forward in sexual literature, this paintings is an entire, entire elementary advisor to and journey throughout the international of different sexual existence. whereas the subjects are unique and erotic, the authors deal with every one in a delicate, thorough, analytical, and interesting means and have the capacity to clarify a mystery international to those that may perhaps desire to stopover at.

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Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother

By Jamie Brickhouse

"A blisteringly humorous, wrenching account of wrestling manner too shut to―and later free from―booze, intercourse and medication and his lovely, infuriating mom. Bravo!" ―Mary Karr, New York occasions bestselling writer of The Liars' Club

"Whoever acknowledged you cannot get sober for somebody else by no means met my mom, Mama Jean. whilst I got here to in a big apple emergency room after an overdose to the inside track that she was once on her approach from Texas, I panicked. She was once the final individual i wished to work out on that darkish September morning, however the individual i wanted the most."

So starts off this stunning memoir―by turns either darkly comedian and deeply poignant―about this local Texan's lengthy fight with alcohol, his advanced courting with Mama Jean, and his sexuality and his sexuality, that is indexed as “Required analyzing” in Mary Karr’s bestselling The paintings of Memoir and used to be a ebook Chase best 10 Nonfiction publication of 2015.

From the age of 5 all Brickhouse sought after used to be to be at a celebration with a drink in a single hand and a cigarette within the different and all Mama Jean sought after was once to maintain him at that age, her Jamie doll ceaselessly. A Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the break up character of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, consistently camera-ready and decoratively outspoken, Mama Jean haunted him his complete existence, irrespective of how far-off he went or how deep in booze he swam.

Brickhouse's trip takes him from Texas to a high-profile occupation in booklet publishing amid New York's glamorous ingesting lifestyles to his near-fatal descent into alcoholism. After Mama Jean ushers him into rehab and he finally starts off to dig out of the outlet he'd came across himself in, he virtually misses his probability to turn out that he loves her up to she loves him. Bitingly humorous, uncooked, and insightful, Dangerous while Wet is the unforgettable tale of a different courting among a son and his mother.

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The Transgender Phenomenon

By Richard Ekins

CHOICE journal notable educational identify for 2007

`The box of "transgender" and "transpositionality" has been carved out as a brand new box of inquiry long ago decade, displaying the fragmentation and diversification of masculinities and feminities - besides the mistake of any sharp polarisation. Dave King and Richard Ekins are the best international sociologists during this box and feature mined it richly because the 1970's. The ebook brings jointly an excellent synthesis of historical past, case reports, rules and positions as they've got emerged over the last thirty years, and brings jointly a wealthy yet continually grounded account of this box, offering a state-of-the-art of severe suggestions and ideas to take this box additional through the 21st century. this can be a needs to learn for all drawn to this new sector of inquiry ' - Ken Plummer, Professor of Sociology, college of Essex. Editor of Sexualities. writer of Intimate Citizenship

`An amazing survey of the evolution of trans phenomena, wonderfully written, hugely informative, scholarly at its most sensible, but effortless to learn even for these neither trans nor sociologist. Drs Ekins and King, specialists within the box, unroll the panoramas of intercourse, gender, and transgendering that experience evloved over the last many years. for everybody eager to comprehend the interplay of girls and males and of these who can't or won't determine with both of those cataegories, analyzing this ebook is a needs to, and a true excitement' - Professor Friedmann Pfaefflin, collage of ULM

`In a piece destined to be a vintage, Ekins and King supply a finished review of the variety of up to date transgender expression, in addition to a magnificent conceptual framework for making feel of that range. The plentiful case vignettes carry the authors' strategies to existence and make the publication a excitement to learn' - Dr Anne Lawrence, medical Sexologist in deepest perform, Seattle

`An notable survey of the evolution of trans phenomena, wonderfully written, hugely informative, scholarly at its most sensible, but effortless to learn even for these neither trans nor sociologist. Drs Ekins and King, specialists within the box, unroll the panoramas of intercourse, gender, and transgendering that experience evloved over the past many years. for everybody eager to comprehend the interplay of girls and males and of these who can't or won't determine with both of those cataegories, analyzing this publication is a needs to, and a true excitement' -

This groundbreaking examine units out a framework for exploring transgender range for the recent millennium. It units forth an unique and entire study and offers a wealth of bright illustrative material.

Based on 20 years of fieldwork, existence historical past paintings, qualitative research, archival paintings and make contact with with numerous thousand cross-dressers and sex-changers world wide, the authors distinguish a couple of modern transgendering `stories' to illustrate:

" the binary male/female divide;

" the interrelations betwen intercourse, sexuality and gender;

" the interrelations among the most sub-processes of transgendering.

Wonderfully insightful, The Transgender Phenomenon develops an unique and leading edge conceptual framkework for figuring out the entire variety of the transgender experience.

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Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism

By Deborah Lutz

A clever, provocative account of the erotic present working simply underneath the outside of a stuffy and stifling Victorian London.

on the peak of the Victorian period, a bold workforce of artists and thinkers defied the reigning obsession with propriety, checking out the limits of sexual decorum of their lives and of their paintings. Dante Gabriel Rossetti exhumed his lifeless spouse to pry his in simple terms replica of a manuscript of his poems from her coffin. mythical explorer Richard Burton wrote how-to manuals on intercourse positions and livened up the drawing room with tales of eroticism within the center East. Algernon Charles Swinburne visited flagellation brothels and wrote pornography amid his poetry. through embracing and exploring the taboo, those iconoclasts produced probably the most alluring paintings, literature, and ideas in their day.

As thought-provoking because it is electrical, Pleasure Bound reveals the needs of the lads and girls who challenged buttoned-up Victorian mores to advertise erotic freedom. those bohemians shaped loosely overlapping societies―the Cannibal membership and the Aesthetes―to discover their fascinations with sexual taboo, from homosexuality to the eroticization of dying. often called a lot for his or her flamboyant own lives as for his or her debatable masterpieces, they created a scandal-provoking counterculture that cleared the path for such later figures as Gustav Klimt, Virginia Woolf, and Jean Genet.

during this beautiful exposé of the Victorian London we inspiration we knew, Deborah Lutz takes us past the eyebrow-raising practices of those intercourse rebels, revealing how they exposed problems that ran underneath the skin of the bigger social cloth: the fight for women’s emancipation, the dissolution of formal religions, and the urgent want for brand spanking new varieties of sexual expression. eight pages four-color and five black-and-white illustrations

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Wet: Erotic Adventures in Water

By Ellen Kate

The final aquatic erotica !

Water is a hugely sensual playground, and will function a thrilling replacement to the bed room. From the bathe, to bathtubs and Jacuzzis, swimming pools, the sea, lakes, rivers and brooks, there's a good deal of sexual excitement that you should adventure in water-considered through many to be a sensual and erotic aphrodisiac.

WET submerges you into new depths of ecstasy. that includes full-color, hugely creative and titillating images, shot on position in Los Cabos, Mexico, the e-book presents readers with feedback for numerous aquatic venues and intercourse positions, aqueous foreplay and masturbation thoughts, equipment for simultaneous orgasms underwater, options for water-friendly intercourse toys, in addition to attractive video games you could play in and less than the water. Testimonials and anecdotes from those that have engaged in aquatic intercourse also are incorporated. it doesn't matter what your specific state of affairs, making love within the water can take you a step clear of your standard love lifestyles and upload a few spontaneity and event to the combo. rainy is a perfect ebook for honeymooners or those who treasure "vacation sex."

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