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The Other Side of Desire by Daniel Bergner
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Feb 19, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, psychology-and-the-brain
Read in February, 2009

What if you were wired to have sexual desires that were considered odd, bizarre, maybe even criminal? Bergner looks at four people whose needs are not like yours and mine. While living in a garden variety marriage, one man finds true sexual fulfillment only with women’s feet. The Baroness is a rare female sadist, who offers her masochist slaves, servants and clients far more than they can find anywhere else. A child molester struggles with his forbidden desires. A photographer is attracted to amputees. We get a close up look at these four people. Were they born the way they are? Were their predilections the result of nature, nurture, specific chemical interactions while they were in vitro? Bergner talks with caregivers and researchers looking for insight. What is normal? This is a fascinating book that treats an out-there subject respectfully and offers us a window into the challenges faced by people who are truly different? Or are they?
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