A Curious History of Sex

A Curious History of Sex

Non-Fiction, Education, Philosophy & Social Sciences, Social Sciences & Sociology, Social Sciences, Sociology
Paperback Published on: 04/02/2021
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A Curious History of Sex
I love this book so much I bought it twice!
Brilliantly hilarious and brutally honest. This is a thoroughly engaging commentary on the history of sex, focusing in on key themes such as abortion, race... READ MORE
Hebe at Fareham


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: 9781783529711
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Dimensions: 234 x 152 mm

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A Curious History of Sex
A Hoot!
Informative and well-researched, but more importantly, a complete hoot. You won't regret this one - it's a positive barrage of bawdiness that covers all as... READ MORE
Catherine Alderson
A Curious History of Sex
Read this!
Hugely interesting and entertaining! An honest, witty, and shame-erasing exploration of sex and sexuality through the ages.
Hebe at Fareham
A Curious History of Sex
Very Entertaining
Kate writes in an intellectually humorous way that’s not dissimilar to Natalie Haynes. Which meant that, despite the 450-odd pages, this was a quick read... READ MORE
Derek Duerden
A Curious History of Sex
Fun, facts and food for thought.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, one of the most entertaining books I've read in a while and a real eye opener at that, from the history of the ... READ MORE
Philippa Bingham
A Curious History of Sex
Amazing read!
This book was so informative and we'll researched as well as being written in a funny way that keeps you engaged. I have read it out loud to my partner at ... READ MORE
C Rimmer