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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2014
Dr Bering's standpoint on a difficult subject is carefully considered, compassionate and forward-thinking. His inclusive attitude towards sexual outliers is refreshing and laudably humanitarian. Unfortunately, he tries too hard to be witty and to appear groundbreaking and the book is spoiled by a forced humour and clever-cleverness which becomes grating. A shame, because it ought to be more widely read. Top marks to whoever designed the cover, though - it sums up Dr Bering's view with genuine wit.
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on 6 March 2015
This is a fantastically well-written, informative book. The facts and figures are balanced out by Bering's hilarity which genuinely had me laughing out loud, although he is careful not to use his humour where it could be perceived as insensitive. I recommended this book to anyone and everyone I thought would find it interesting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2014
Amazing book. Should be required reading in every psychology department.
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on 3 June 2014
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2014
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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on 25 July 2015
A stunning study and observation of illicit sexual desires, tracing its history in an objective manner. It was also very funny.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2014
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2014
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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