Sex, the World History: Through Time, Religion, and Culture has three sections. Section I of the book is titled The Ancient World: Early Europe to the Renaissance and Islam. It is a daring exploration of human sexuality from the ancient to the modern world. Revealed are sexual practices and beliefs previously omitted or obscured from all historical telling. In a scathing condemnation of religion and its control of sex, the book explores complex relationships between spirituality and sexuality. The relatively recent fall of the mother goddess and her supremacy throughout most of human existence are detailed in both word and image. These pages share erotic artworks and explicit literary excerpts from throughout the world, painstakingly culled from the hidden treasure trove of cultures throughout history. Sex, the Illustrated History traces sexual attitudes from the transcendent to the bizarre throughout the world’s cultures. Revealed for the first time is the bisexuality of the majority of human cultures. Before Christianity, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and most human cultures practiced male/male love along with male/female love. Lesbianism is also treated in depth. It offers, in very readable form, an encyclopedic tour of the sexuality of humankind. Section II entitled Sex, the Illustrated History begins a bold probe of human sexuality from Asia, Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, ancient North and South America, and Africa, and it moves into the modern world. The analysis of gender truths and religion and its control of sex continues as the book pursues intricate relationships between spirituality and sexuality. The book is leagues beyond the classic History of Sexuality by Michael Foucault, which was written in the 1950s. Section III entitled Sex, the Illustrated History begins a courageous exploration of human sexuality from the Enlightenment to the current modern world. It also talks about Europe from the seventeenth century to the modern world, Victorian licentiousness, colonial North and South America to the current day Americas, world wars and sex slavery, Roman Catholic molestations, counterculture love, child brides and forced marriages, and slavery and homosexuality through time. The book explores complicated relationships between modern spirituality and sexuality.
|Author||John R. Gregg|
|Rating||4/5 (43 users)|