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With the Hand: A Cultural History of Masturbation

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People call it everything from “walking your dog” to “scratching your bean.” Women usually do it at home. Men, it sometimes seems, do it everywhere. Some people think it’s healthy; others think it is a sin that will send you straight to hell. But while many people declare that everyone’s doing it, no one actually talks about it—outside the pages of Cosmo, masturbation is a ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Reaktion Books (first published 2010)
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Sabin
Jan 15, 2015 Sabin rated it really liked it
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A good book and I liked the author's verbose writing style. The author cycles through biological, evolutionary, psychological and cultural accounts of masturbation and its social perception through history. I agree with his conclusion that its marginalisation on purely cultural grounds in the past is unfounded and expect to find an increasing number of studies concerning the impact of the porn industry on masturbatory habits.
Erik
May 17, 2011 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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[Dutch]
Om maar meteen met de deur in huis te vallen: We gaan het hier o.a. hebben over kale Henkie in coma rossen, een witbiertje tappen, Kees Jansma plagen, drie gram afvallen en schwoengen. Oftewel: Masturbatie!

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Jun 25, 2016 Kyle Machulis rated it really liked it
A nice overview of history, media and culture relating to masturbation, though nothing groundbreaking. The writing style was humorous and enjoyable.
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