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Sex in History by Reay Tannahill
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Jul 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, non-fiction

The title of the book is quite accurate, however, this book reads more like a college level cultural anthropology text than anything else. While sex of all sorts and variations is covered from the ancient Sumerians and Babylonians forward, so are social customs, ownership of property, voting rights, etc. I believe this book has been used as a text for college courses; it is not a light read, particularly the entire chapter on castration. It is well worth it if you are interested in the historical perspective, because if nothing else, the next time a national figure spouts off on the topic of sex, women's place in society, homosexuality, etc you will know how ignorant they really are.
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