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Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth and the Politics of the Body

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  156 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Riane Eisler shows us how history has consistently promoted the link between sex and violence—and how we can sever this link and move to a politics of partnership rather than domination in all our relations.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 10th 1996 by HarperOne (first published 1995)
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Elena Skoko
This book gave me the clue to so many questions I had unanswered about female and male sexuality, about traditions and history of our species. Though in some points a feminist twist seems to shout out the anger and overshadow the presumed neutrality of a scholar's work, I like it. I didn't like some other statements used as facts, like the overpopulation theory, the family planning (from the one-sided western perspective) or the AIDS epidemics, while there is too much controversy about it to sim ...more
It is a very important book, which is a must read for every woman and man who are not happy with the dominators and the pain they have caused for centuries. I like the terminology she’s been using, dominator and partnership models. I hope we can achieve to have a kind society based on partnership and equality soon.These values are going to bring up the peace to our planet naturally and eventually.
Jason Carr
I read this book about 18 years ago. There are ideas in the book that I still think about. The idea that there is inherent risk in a society that does not face sufficient survival stress. These societies often develop along a relatively more egalitarian, nurturing bent.

Societies on the edge are forced to innovate and develop a more dominating, authoritarian, aspect which gives them a competitive military edge.

Eventually, the dominator societies drive out the nurturing societies.

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Moyokoyani Armando
Apr 02, 2008 Moyokoyani Armando rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: todo el mundo
Este libro es una de las grandes maravillas que he tenido oportunidad de leer este año; muy bien documentado, derrumbó bellamente un par de supuestos de los que yo partía para explicar la imposición de la teología androgénica-violenta sobre la adoración de la mujer y la perspectiva del sexo como educación y comunión con el cosmos alrededor del 4000 a.C.

Las primeras tres cuartas partes del libro son una maravilla, Eisler merece todos mis respetos, es una escritora brillante y con un excelente man
Elizabeth Hall Magill
Every once in a great while, you read a book that shifts your entire perspective—a book that changes how you live in the world, because it changes how you perceive reality. Riane Eisler’s Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myths, and the Politics of the Body—New Paths to Power and Love was such a book for me. This book simultaneously made more sense than any cultural analysis I’ve ever read and blew my mind. It is a book that allowed me to further reclaim the feminine aspects of spirituality and to understan ...more
Moyokoyani Armando
¡Qué manera de echar a perder un trabajo! Este texto confirma el dicho… “Segundas partes nunca fueron buenas” Después del excelente y documentado trabajo que realizó en el primer tomo, Eisler toma la bandera de la feminista extrema y se dedica a criticar con argumentos modernos la vida de unos cuantos antiguos; pues incluso dejó de considerar los elementos históricos de los que tanta gala hace en el primer tomo. Carencia de análisis histórico contextualizado y exigencia de comportamientos invero ...more
This book is dense, and it's taking me forever to read it, but that is not a criticism! Even if I stopped reading now, about 1/3 of the way through, I would know more than I've learned over years of feminist and feminist spiritual studies. Well-researched and diplomatic, this book offers real anthropological answers to the question that other books, documentaries, etc. left me with: how? How did everything "get this way"? Was it because women are physically weaker than men? Was it because of som ...more
Sex is politics - and not only in White House, mind you. In her masterpiece Eisler invites reader to a thought provoking journey throughout cultural history. This book is about sex and how sexuality, especially women's sexuality has been abused for centuries (but hey, can you actually abuse a woman without abusing her man?) and how politics of the body affect our everyday lives on most basic levels. At parts it was pretty discusting to read the book and one might feel like never ever having sex ...more
This book exceeded my expectations.

It has helped me to identify dominator and partnership models of interacting.

It has helped me to see that there can be another way.

It has helped empower me to speak up on behalf of women and partnership societies everywhere.

Though a bit dry and academic at times, the way it has shifted my view has been extraordinary.

I would absolutely recommend.
Dec 16, 2007 Rebecca marked it as to-read
I just got this book today (12/9), we'll see how it is - I was looking at "The Chalice & the Blade" but this book seemed much more like what I was interested in.

Note: I returned the book on 12/14... too impulsive of a purchase :) I'll find it at the library later.
Karen wako
everybody should read this book so that they can understand how gender roles and all that nonsense came about and how we can change it. I loved it.
more good stuff from Eisler, the end of this is more hopeful than The Chalice and the Blade, but the new paths are still not clear to me
Jerris Hogue
A very different way to look at male/female sexuality that reflects a more equitable experience for partners
a heavy, thorough but interesting read I had for my class on Human Sexuality
Amazing! Anyone who has sex should read this book!
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