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Sexy Origins and Intimate Things: The Rites and Rituals of Straights, Gays, Bis, Drags, Trans, Virgins, and Others

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Has there ever been a gay pope? What is history's first love poem? Why do men have nipples? How did "drag" come to mean cross-dressing? Who was the first prostitute? At what age does a man's penis stop growing? Do female animals have orgasms? How long have people been giving the finger? Charles Panati explores hundreds of racy and "unmentionable" subjects, including words, ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Penguin Books
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Mark H
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this fascinating book is 500+ pages, so the topics can get wonderfully specific. Examples:

--"Italian Teens with Shaved Heads in Bicolored Tights; 14th Century"
--"Deflowering Brides with Sacred Dildos; Greece, 600 BC to 19th Century"
--"The 13 Stages of Male Orgasm"
--"Islamic Ideal of Female Beauty"
--"The Last Palace Eunich; China, 1996"

topics are usually arranged by the origin of objects (e.g., chastity belts, condoms, the bra), the history of sexual acts (e.g., prostitution, circumcision, sex i
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HeavyReader
Nov 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Wowie! There is a lot of information packed into this book.

Want to know the origins of dildos and who used them? Check here.

Want to know who first used the word "poontang?" Look it up here.

Want to learn about love chemicals? This is the book for you.

It's a big book. You don't have to read it from cover to cover. Skip around. Sample the info. Enjoy.
Miranda
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sex, own
I read this book slowly over a few months, picking it up in between books and when I wanted light-hearted reading. I did learn a lot and envy the author getting to research this topic. Some of it was depressing but it showed when it comes to sex we've come a long way...but we have a long way to go.
Katy
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a Christmas gift one year. Interesting...
Robert Buettner
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was going through a shelf of books I had read years ago and came across this one. A very informative book about the history of things and terms we take all know a little about.
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