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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well written and concise introduction.
This book is ideal for Philosophy and Theology students. Tackles issues in easy to understand vocabulary. Definately reccomendable. Peter Vardy is one of the best authors in the field of Philosophy.
Published on 14 Dec. 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars A little preachy
Firstly I should say, Ive not read the thing cover to cover yet! I have read the blurb on the back and skimmed it a bit, reading an odd chapter here and there.... so far, and it does seem to cover a lot of cultural influences which is great...BUT...

Its a bit preachy, the blurb on the back says "The Puzzle od Sex cherishes the value of lovemaking and emphasizes...
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well written and concise introduction., 14 Dec. 2000
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This review is from: The Puzzle of Sex (Paperback)
This book is ideal for Philosophy and Theology students. Tackles issues in easy to understand vocabulary. Definately reccomendable. Peter Vardy is one of the best authors in the field of Philosophy.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little preachy, 28 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: The Puzzle of Sex (Paperback)
Firstly I should say, Ive not read the thing cover to cover yet! I have read the blurb on the back and skimmed it a bit, reading an odd chapter here and there.... so far, and it does seem to cover a lot of cultural influences which is great...BUT...

Its a bit preachy, the blurb on the back says "The Puzzle od Sex cherishes the value of lovemaking and emphasizes its mystery and depth"... and yeah it really does (by the bucketful, and irritatingly if you dont conflate sex with lovemaking to quite the extent Vardy does!!)

The chapter on 'One Night Stands'is particularly irritating, and there seems to be no acknowledgement of the'friends with benefits'phenomena that spans the middle ground between commited relationship and sexual release.

I was hoping for a book that explained why as a culture we are conflating sex and lovemaking, and sex and success, and sex and happiness etc... and Im not entuirely sure this entirely fits the bill. It comes down a bit too heavily on its own view of what sex 'should be', and damage and dehumanizing is talk about quite a bit.

If you dont think sex always needs a side salad of "commitment and love", you wont know whether to laugh or cry at the summary on page 191. I went with laugh...
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