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Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland
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Jan 28, 08

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I downloaded this audiobook off librivox.org (free and legal). While no doubt, this book was quite sensational when first published, it is now the literary equivalent of skinamax. What is most interesting about it to me, is that it is (a) written by a man, and (b) mostly read by men in audio. Be that as it may, the male view of female sexuality in this book is both horrifying and oddly liberating, as it attributes desire to the feminine, while still portraying her as purely dependant, and often self-admittedly dull-witted. It is more valuable for its social commentary on the author himself that on the book's contents in historical context.
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