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Sex in History
Reay Tannahill

. Sex In History draws on the findings of anthropology, archaeology, bio-chemistry, genetics, physiology, and psychoanalysis, as well as art, architecture, literature, and theology, in order to place the human sex drive and its social and moral consequences in their widest historical perspective. It takes in the whole panorama of sexual attitudes, customs, and practices in all the world's major civilizations, from prehistoric times until the present day. While it may not be of any great practical use to the modern reader to know how to discipline a harem, or how different methods of castration affect a eunuch's sexual capacity, or even how Sodom, a gloomy place, gained its reputation for gaiety, there remains much in the sexual past that still affects not only the sexual but the moral present. When humanity's early ancestors changed from four legs to two, they could hardly have foreseen that the new face-to-face mating posture they adopted as a matter of expediency should have brought not only orgasm but rape in its train. And when man discovered that his semen was essential to procreation, woman could scarcely have anticipated that she would be subjected to ten thousand years of subordination as a result.

480 pages b/w illustration
hardback with jacket
Book Club Associates London 1980
240mm x 163mm

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