Sex and Punishment

Sex and Punishment

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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 a€˜gross indecencya€™ in 1895, Eric Berkowitz evokes the entire sweep of Western sex law. a€˜I dona€™t think Ia€™ve 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. Ita€™s worth every penny.a€™ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian a€˜A 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 a€˜A fascinating and gruesomely compelling study of human sexualitya€™ Mail on Sunday a€˜Eric Berkowitz's cross-examination of human sexuality is both exciting and impressively relentless.a€™ Sunday Times 'Stimulating a€b Berkowitz has achieved a perfect balance between case study and analysis, and between narrative and reflection. a€b 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?

Title:Sex and Punishment
Author:Eric Berkowitz
Publisher:Saqi - 2013-03-04


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