A Curious History of Sex (Hardback)
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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 06/02/2020
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Humanity has always had a complicated relationship with sexual intercourse and Lister’s breezily accessible and wickedly witty tour through centuries of slap and tickle is a truly eye-opening history. Highlighting the kinks and peccadillos of different ages, A Curious History of Sex is a saucy delight from start to climax.

This is not a comprehensive study of every sexual quirk, kink and ritual across all cultures throughout time, as that would entail writing an encyclopaedia. Rather, this is a drop in the ocean, a paddle in the shallow end of sex history, but I hope you will get pleasantly wet nonetheless.

The act of sex has not changed since people first worked out what went where, but the ways in which society dictates how sex is culturally understood and performed have varied significantly through the ages. Humans are the only creatures that stigmatise particular sexual practices, and sex remains a deeply divisive issue around the world. Attitudes will change and grow - hopefully for the better - but sex will never be free of stigma or shame unless we acknowledge where it has come from.

Based on the popular research project Whores of Yore, and written with her distinctive humour and wit, A Curious History of Sex draws upon Dr Kate Lister's extensive knowledge of sex history. From medieval impotence tests to twentieth-century testicle thefts, from the erotic frescoes of Pompeii, to modern-day sex doll brothels, Kate unashamedly roots around in the pants of history, debunking myths, challenging stereotypes and generally getting her hands dirty.

This fascinating book is peppered with surprising and informative historical slang, and illustrated with eye-opening, toe-curling and meticulously sourced images from the past.

You will laugh, you will wince and you will wonder just how much has actually changed.

Publisher: Unbound
ISBN: 9781783528059
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 240 x 159 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Buckle your trousers, fasten your seatbelts, here comes Kate Lister. Her curious history of sex is a wild ride, made all the more enjoyable by a wonderfully irreverent approach. If she ever tires of being an academic historian she might try stand-up comedy. I've never had so much fun learning stuff' - The Times

'An eye opener. Thoughtful but fun, scholarly but spritely ... and a bit rude!' - Sir Tony Robinson

'A generous, thoughtful, uncensored history of sex. From virginity tests to vegetable dildos, onanism to orgasm, menstruation to male sex work, this fascinating book encourages us to take a long hard look at how history has shaped understandings of sex as we know it today, and how sex might best be guided into the future' - Annie Sprinkle, pleasure activist and author of The Explorer's Guide to Planet Orgasm

'Simply brilliant. Exploding with facts and anecdotes, and always presented with warmth by a historian who clearly loves her subject' - Lucy-Anne Holmes, author of Don't Hold My Head Down

'A Curious History of Sex will leave the mildly curious satiated; lovers of history salivating; sexually advanced folks satisfied and wanting a second round! What a pleasure to devour - and required reading for anyone interested in the wild history of sexuality' - Liz Goldwyn, founder of The Sex Ed



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JamieLeePilk

“Super Fascinating!!”

I've been following Kate and Whores of Yore on Twitter for a while and this quickly became one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint! I read this so quickly even though usually it... More

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“Informative”

Well researched, very amusing and written by an expert. Don’t read it if you are an insecure male, we get a very bad press in the early chapters; and as Sir Tony Robinson said “a bit rude”.

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“Educational, insightful, and briliant”

This book was a truly brilliant read. It covers everything from old condoms to bicyles in a funny yet educational way. Its incredibly easy to read, very well written, and deals with its subject matter wonderfully. I... More

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