Handcuffs, paddles, whips the words alone are enough to make a person blush Even by our society s standards, the practice of things like BDSM is still very hush hush, considered deviant sexual behavior that must be kept hidden But the narrow view of what is thought of as normal sex a vanilla act performed by one man and one woman is and contested these days.Handcuffs, paddles, whips the words alone are enough to make a person blush Even by our society s standards, the practice of things like BDSM is still very hush hush, considered deviant sexual behavior that must be kept hidden But the narrow view of what is thought of as normal sex a vanilla act performed by one man and one woman is and contested these days And as Julie Peakman reveals, normal never really existed for everyone, different kinds of sex have always offered myriad pleasures, and almost all sexual behaviors have traveled between acceptance and proscription The Pleasure s All Mine examines two millennia of letters, diaries, court records, erotic books, medical texts, and to explore the gamut of deviant sexual activity Delving into the specialized cultures of pain, necrophilia, and bestiality and the social world of plushies, furries, and life size sex dolls, Peakman considers the changing attitudes toward these, as well as masturbation, golden showers, sadomasochism, homosexuals, transvestites, and transsexuals She follows the history of each behavior through its original reception to its interpretation by sexologists and how it is viewed today, showing how previously acceptable behaviors now provoke social outrage, or vice versa In addition, she questions why people have been and remain intolerant of other people s sexual preferences The first comprehensive history of sexual perversion and packed with both color and black and white images, The Pleasure s All Mine is a fascinating and sometimes shocking look at the evolution of our views on sex.
The Pleasure s All Mine A History of Perverse Sex Handcuffs paddles whips the words alone are enough to make a person blush Even by our society s standards the practice of things like BDSM is still very hush hush considered deviant sexual behavio
The opening line of Julie Peakman s The Pleasure s All Mine A History of Perverse Sex is, One person s perversion is another s normality Anyone who isn t completely straight or vanilla can get behind that, I think What feels natural to you makes your neighbour curl their lip in disgust.Who asked for their judgmental opinion, anyway Right Well, throughout history, everyone The courts and God were the big ones, though The ones who were really going to ruin your day with things like torture and dea [...]
This book would make de Sade smile It is a brilliant, counterintutive, discomforting, taboo blasting work of cultural history The chapters dealing with paedophilia stand out as both unnerving genuinely enlightening One person s perversion is indeed another person s normal.
I couldn t finish reading this book It made me too angry.The first few chapters, about what constitutes normal sex, masturbation, and certain elements of queerness, were interesting enough though as a bisexual I was bothered by the fact that gay men, lesbians, and crossdressers all got their own complete chapters but there was nary a single word about people like me.But then I got up to the chapter on sadomasochism and I just wanted to throw the damn book across the room As a kinky person, I was [...]
Interesting for a while, then becoming quite boring
Enlightening along with ridiculous and at times terrifying explanations as to of where past and current sexual prejudices came from.
A disapppointing historical study of sexual perversion that is too simplistic in how it presents non heteronormative sexuality.