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Sex in the World of Myth
ISBN: HB: 9781780239774, Reaktion Books, July 2018
256 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 100 illus., 50 in colour
In "Sex in the World of Myth", David Leeming argues that sex is as important in myths as it is in our lives. Myths are our cultural dreams, and sex is pervasive in all mythologies because it has obsessed and confused us like nothing else – what's mor...
Pleasure's All Mine A History of Perverse Sex
ISBN: PB: 9781780236759, Reaktion Books, October 2016
472 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 64 colour illus., 114 black&white illus.
What is perverse sex and what isn't? Now available in paperback, "The Pleasure's All Mine" explores the gamut of sexual activity that has been seen as strange, abnormal or deviant over the last 2,000 years. This first comprehensive history of sexual...
Making of a Man Notes on Transsexuality
ISBN: HB: 9781780234441, Reaktion Books, March 2015
136 pp., 20x12 cm
In the autumn of 2012, the writer and philosopher Maxim Februari, known until then as Marjolijn Februari, announced his intention to live as a man. In "The Making of a Man" he describes how the news was greeted and how people began to react: with une...
With the Hand A History of Masturbation
ISBN: HB: 9781861899194, Reaktion Books, April 2012
296 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 60 illus.
Most women do it at home; men, it seems, do it everywhere. Some consider it a health treatment, others as love for themselves. Yet despite everyone doing it, no one actually talks about it: masturbation is still taboo, and even today the subject is n...
Watching Hannah Sex, Horror and Bodily De-Formation in Victorian England
ISBN: HB: 9781861891198, Reaktion Books, March 2002
224 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 95 illus.
Arthur Munby (1828-1910) was a Victorian gentleman from a respected family of Yorkshire lawyers. He left behind diaries that record his life-long obsession with working-class Victorian women, whom he interviewed, photographed and wrote about. This ob...
Dismembering the Male Men's Bodies, Britain and the Great War
ISBN: PB: 9781861890351, Reaktion Books, March 1999
336 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 66 illus.
That notions of femininity were seriously disrupted during the First World War has become obvious in recent years. But what happened to masculinity at the same time? Based on letters, diaries and oral histories, "Dismembering the Mal"e explores the i...
Feminine Ideal
ISBN: HB: 9781861890047, Reaktion Books, October 1997
232 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 185 illus.
Why, at a time when women's liberation was gaining force and momentum, did the corset become more cinched and restricting than at any time during the entire preceding century? Why was bra burning a political statement for the feminists of the 1970s?...