on 23 December 2013
Shows sex from a completely different perspective, accounting for all individual's and preferences. This text particularly focuses on the divers areas of what is considered "inappropriate" sexual practice, involving anything and everything from animals to the dead. Although somewhat a little awkward reading at times, the point it makes is fascinating, showing how what is culturally acceptable deems to be impacted upon our own personal views and perceptions. Overall, it was very well written and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone with an interest in a slightly obscure and daring sexual behaviours.
on 12 December 2014
What a fascinating book!
Dr Peakman’s extensive study of sexual proclivities examines activities which have been considered perverse in the past, such as homosexuality, through to those still considered by many to be so. Topics perhaps not considered fit for the dinner table, such as necrophilia in ‘Loving the dead’ are investigated and discussed objectively and at length. I have learned that Burke and Hare were not in fact grave robbers, along with many other insights into a huge variety of sexual behaviours.
This work is meticulously researched and contains a plethora of well-referenced, original material interesting to the general reader but valuable for the student or historian, too. And if you’re curious about less usual sexual variants, this has to be the book to find authoritative but not prurient information.
Not only a great read but a beautifully illustrated book with some 200 original photos, many of which are in colour, on lovely glossy paper, this is very suitable as a gift. Not to take away from Peakman’s scholarship, this book could really provoke some discussion round your coffee table!
Highly recommended. I hope it will come out in paperback so that I can send copies to friends abroad.
on 22 March 2015
This is a fantastic illustrated read that is full of interesting facts and detailed historical analysis conveyed in a wonderfully conversational tone. Peakman opens your eyes to your own sexual beliefs and prejudices, shows how social constructs on sexuality have been forged and moulded over time, and how inequality between men and women has changed over two millennia. Covering a huge variety of topics my copy of the book is literally covered in highlighting post-it notes for both further reading and to come back to in the future. Simply brilliant, it's a must-read.