The first comprehensive history of sexual perversion and packed with both color and black and white images the pleasures all mine is a fascinating and sometimes shocking look at the evolution of our views on sex. The pleasures all mine explores the gamut of sexual activity that has been seen as strange abnormal or deviant over the last 2000 years this first comprehensive history of sexual perversion examines an abundance of original sources letters diaries memoirs court records erotic books medical texts and advice manuals and shows how for ordinary people different kinds of sex have always offered myriad different pleasures there never was a normal. The pleasures all mine a history of perverse sex julie peakman google books handcuffs paddles whips the words alone are enough to make a person blush even by our societys standards the. Homosexuals transvestites transsexuals sado masochists necrophiliacs all of these have been or still are considered deviants concomitantly there has been almost universal acceptance that unembellished vaginal penetration performed by one man and one woman is normal sex. Although the books breadth distinguishes it from previous work on the history of sexual deviance its ambitious scope presents organizational challenges that the pleasures all mine does not quite overcome peakmans decision to organize most chapters around specific perversions as they have been conceptualized in the past 150 years makes the book accessible but this methodological choice has the tendency to reinforce the sexological taxonomies of sexual perversity that she seeks to
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