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5.0 out of 5 stars Think you are open minded?
You might imagine that a potted history of the social and religious precedents for ostracising those who were outside the sexual `norm', the medicalisation of perceived deviant sexuality, a review of key psycho-sexual research findings and exposing the hypocrisy of the press-fuelled hysteria around extreme sexual deviants, despite contradictory scientific evidence, might...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book but it needs some hard science in it....
I found this book interesting and amusing in places. However, as someone with a scientific background, I found it frustrating because much of the content is at the level of description - rather like nineteenth century books by explorers, botanists and zoologists describing what they saw in the world. Modern science has used the theory of evolution and molecular biology to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Think you are open minded?, 10 Oct 2013
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Janeyjane_UK "Based in Hull, East Yorkshire, ... (Hull, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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You might imagine that a potted history of the social and religious precedents for ostracising those who were outside the sexual `norm', the medicalisation of perceived deviant sexuality, a review of key psycho-sexual research findings and exposing the hypocrisy of the press-fuelled hysteria around extreme sexual deviants, despite contradictory scientific evidence, might be challenging topics through which to maintain a reader's interest. Jesse Bering, however, achieves a cheeky. mischievous and playful narration with a smattering of exhibitionistic self-revelation. If you can retain a thoroughly open mind and would love to know the latin name for a paraphilia centred on gravel, look no further - you won't regret it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book but it needs some hard science in it...., 10 Aug 2014
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I found this book interesting and amusing in places. However, as someone with a scientific background, I found it frustrating because much of the content is at the level of description - rather like nineteenth century books by explorers, botanists and zoologists describing what they saw in the world. Modern science has used the theory of evolution and molecular biology to make sense of the natural world and this is more or less missing from this book. It would be harsh to say that this book is 'psychobabble' but I found it strange that Dr Bering didn't, for example, discuss the possible origins of his own homosexuality and speculate on whether other paraphilias might have similar origins. A lot of work by Dean Hamer, Simon Le Vay and many others has suggested that variations in gene sequences, and levels of hormones in the maternal blood during gestation, etc. etc. have produced changes in regions of the brain (e.g. in the sexually dimorphic nucleus) that result in the observed variation in sexual preferences and behaviour. (Possibly by epigenetic mechanisms?) I agree with Bering that sexual behaviour should be judged by whether or not it is harmful rather than by religious prejudice or by the fashion of the day, but until we understand the origin of sexual behaviour it will not be possible to prevent (or possibly reverse?) sexual activities generally agreed to be harmful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perv - there's one in all of us (apparently), 6 Mar 2014
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Great book - Bering discusses sexuality in a way that is easy to read, humourous, and yet never loses sight of his argument.

I didn't necessarily agree with all of his points, but it was interesting to hear his argument. It definitely leaves you thinking (or debating, if you happen to lend it to a friend as I did).

I will be looking at Bering's other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it., 3 Jun 2014
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Jesse Bering manages to make a weird and often uncomfortable topic relatable. Suggesting that there's a little perv in all of us with a few home examples. Witty and charmingly scientific!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 July 2014
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Amazing book. Should be required reading in every psychology department.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but, 4 May 2014
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After a few chapters it looses the shininess. Not a waste, but not as interesting as I was expecting. Funny sometimes, unfortunately a bit repetitive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where is psellismophilic nebulophilia?, 10 April 2014
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Bought this for my mother as a Mother's Day present - she's nearly finished it and can't find any reference to “psellismophilic nebulophilia” (which apparently involves self-gratification in foggy weather while someone stutters), this having been much trailed in newspaper reviews of this book. Not in the index either! She's rather disappointed..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Milking Sexual Psychology, 15 May 2014
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The book received a dreadful review in Private Eye and I wish I had taken note. It's one of those "well just listen to this for a story about perversion. But, how would I know I'm gay". If we didn't trip over this man's homosexuality so much he might have something to say. As it happens we end up knowing more about him and his utterly self-conscious sexuality: his likes and dislikes; his suburban approach to coming out; his opinion on everything and everyone. Dreadful book, I would imagine the only person who raves about it is himself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A case for moral vs physical/emotional harm based laws., 12 Nov 2013
The author has laid a fantastic case for analysing current moral based laws against laws which cause physical or emotional harm. Perverse sexual habits and their perceptions were truly debated in this convincing study complete with historical references. Homosexuality as a natural behaviour was boldly compared with other perverse behaviours like paedophilia and necrophilia,
foot-philia and a number of other gut wrenching and seriously sick human habits in evolutionary terms. So why is homosexuality all legal while paedophilia is still pretty much illegal was the obvious question for me which the author tackles by explaining that as long as there is no harm inflicted, which made sense to me initially. But then the author gives examples of some of his own sexual encounters and their emotional effects left on him, I felt like he was contradicting himself. To claim that any intimate personal sexual perverse encounter has no emotional harm even when the subjects are adult is wrong in my humble opinion. Which means that there has to be some value still attached to the moral based laws out there. Surely humping a sheep just because it cannot complain has to be considered morally wrong? I think the author is clearly prejudiced towards homosexuality as he is himself a homosexual and in order to paint homosexuality as normal also done a great disservice to the whole moral vs harm based law debate by including every known sexual perversity in the same mix.

The historical attitudes to various sexual trends over the period of past 200 years is nicely covered by the author in order to demonstrate the changing trends in cultural perception. The author makes a compelling argument that 50 years from now people will look back with astonishment and wonder at our sanity when considering our current sexual taboos.

Also the rather long and detailed descriptions of sexual paraphernalia was rather tedious and monotonous.

The author has put together a compelling case, which forced me to dig deep and gave me an insight into this very intriguing and relevant debate. But lay people might find the book hard to finish as the details are really meant for academia with a nice veneer of authors wit and candour, which has become a hallmark for most openly homosexual writers.
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