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Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror
Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror is a funny and frightening look at the attitudes towards masturbation throughout history and how they have affected the sex lives of anyone living and breathing today. The French biologist, Tissot, was the original spoil-sport who turned masturbation into the scourge of young men everywhere. Saying that a little self-induced plea ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 6th 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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You have probably heard that masturbating will make you go blind. Ever wonder where that idea came from? Masturbation: the history of a great terror is a scholarly attempt to trace when and how masturbation--also known as self-pollution or onanism after Onan, Judah's son in Genesis--became vilified and partially exonerated. The trail starts at the end of the sixteenth century and leaves off at the end of the twentieth, but stays in Western Europe, winding through the thoughts of famous figures s ...more
Surprisingly enough, this was a great book. The authors expressed their findings and theories in a very accessible manner. It was interesting to read about a topic that is usually treated as a taboo being told in a regular sort of way. I was able to learn about many interesting facts about the social creation of onanism as a negative practice (the Kellogg bros wanted to create a diet that would be bland and not bring the individual to sexual excitement- cornflakes! Can we say, jackpot?!) What I ...more