Sex and Punishment tells the story of the struggle throughout millennia to regulate the most powerful engine of human behaviour: sex. From the savage impalement of an Ancient Mesopotamian adulteress to the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde for agross indecencya in 1895, Eric Berkowitz evokes the entire sweep of Western sex law. aI donat think Iave ever read such an entertaining historical work. Whether you want to fuel your indignation, or simply furnish yourself with enough jaw-dropping data to galvanise a hundred party conversations, you really must shell out for this book. Itas worth every penny.a Nicholas Lezard, Guardian aA wonderful exposure of the illogicality of so much legislation that attempts to regulate sexual activity ... from the age of consent to adultery and sex on college campuses.a Mary Beard aA fascinating and gruesomely compelling study of human sexualitya Mail on Sunday aEric Berkowitz's cross-examination of human sexuality is both exciting and impressively relentless.a Sunday Times 'Stimulating ab Berkowitz has achieved a perfect balance between case study and analysis, and between narrative and reflection. ab This is a wonderfully well-written, well-organised and accomplished book.' Sarah Wheeler, Literary Review The cast of Sex and Punishment is as varied as the forms taken by human desire itself: royal mistresses, gay charioteers, medieval transvestites, lonely goat-lovers, prostitutes of all stripes and London rent boys. Each of them had forbidden sex, and each was judged a and justice, as Berkowitz shows a rarely had anything to do with it.Notall men had NicolA²a#39;s ardor, however, and many blamed their sexual shortcomings on the sorcery of women. ... women about whether or not theyhad been casting spells: Have you done what some adulterous women are accustomed to do?
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