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Solitary sex : a cultural history of masturbation

Author: Thomas Walter Laqueur
Publisher: New York : Zone Books, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first cultural history of the world's most common sexual practice: masturbation. At a time when almost any victimless practice has its public advocates and almost every sexual act is front-page news, the easiest and least harmful one is embarrassing, discomforting, and genuinely radical when openly acknowledged. But this has not always been the case. The ancient world cared little about maturbation; it
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Genre/Form: Student Collection
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Laqueur, Thomas Walter.
Solitary sex.
New York : Zone Books, ©2003
(OCoLC)648220578
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Walter Laqueur
ISBN: 1890951323 9781890951320 1890951331 9781890951337
OCLC Number: 50285158
Description: 501 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The beginning --
The spread of masturbation from Onania to the Web --
Masturbation before Onania --
The problem with masturbation --
Why masturbation became a problem --
Solitary sex in the twentieth century.
Responsibility: Thomas W. Laqueur.
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Modern masturbation-and this is Laqueur's brilliant point-was the creature of the Enlightenment.... Laqueur's courageous cultural history (and it took courage, even now, to write this book) makes it Read more...

 
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