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The Origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies Paperback – October 3, 2011

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About the Author

Independent writer James Neill has spent 12 years researching the role of homosexuality in society and in nature. A consultant in the information services industry, he worked previously in news and public affairs in Washington, D.C. as a writer and editor.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 478 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786469269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786469260
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,507,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Tincher on November 8, 2009
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I found this book to be very easy to read and helpful in understanding both homosexuality and human nature. I was raised in a religious setting where it was believed that homosexuality was an evil spirit that was to be cast out through united prayer.
Being raised in a foreign country that accepted homosexuality as natural as hetrosexuality confused me, and I found this book helpful in understand the way sexuality was viewed in Japan.
The argument in this book was englightening as it was very conviencing as to how human nature changed over the course of history while the biological urges did not.
This book, in my opinion, is helpful to those who do not fully understand homosexuality, and encourages a new outlook concerning human nature in general.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rose on April 17, 2012
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This book thoroughly, thoroughly backs up any and all statements it makes. It is very apparent that the author spent ten years researching and yet it also is a compelling read. Very straight forward but with tons of interesting information not commonly published regarding Japan, Native Americans, as well as a history and explanation of the neurosis (negative connotations) associated with same-sex relations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bart Astor on June 2, 2013
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This book not only is comprehensive, it is well written and remarkably easy to read. Mr. Neill's research is far reaching and he uses history and anthropology to make his points about the myths surrounding hetero- and homosexuality. As he points out, there are so many social costs caused by fear and ignorance, and this book does an excellent job of pointing out the absurdity of current attitudes and the enormous harm done to our society as a result.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeoTheArchangel on March 16, 2015
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This book needs to be taught as part of a junior high or HS history curriculum. The author gives a clear insight into human society before Christianity began it's 1400 year brainwashing/murdering spree of cultures throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific islands. The author also gives extensive examples of same-sex relations in the animal kingdom,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By branram on September 4, 2014
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This book should be required reading for all students as a means of combatting some misinformation and societal indoctrination. The book is well-researched and offers great insight to human sexuality through a historical lens.
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