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on 16 November 2004
The first page I opened this book at contained an incredible howler. "By...1275, the penis had virtually disappeared from Western art for eight hundred years."
This is completely false, because hundreds of Romanesque churches (in France, Spain and England) have penises, ithyphallic males, megaphallic males and even masturbating males plain to see upon them (see the website [...] to check this out). So this book lacks basic scholarship, for a start.
It also lacks focus, is given to mere anecdote, and has pathetic pictures. Like many penises, it does not live up to its promise. I shall donate my copy to the local library.
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on 10 February 2013
Here you will find a witty, yet solid work on the history and lore of the penis in the Western tradition, from Aristotle through Freud and beyond. The author traces what the male organ of reproduction has stood for since the early Greeks, through its resurrection by Augustine and on to its have been center stage in modern sexology and psychoanalysis. The political trappings of this puzzling icon of generation are also explored.
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