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Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us Hardcover – October 8, 2013
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“As informative as it is entertaining . . . Bering's latest is a delightful, intelligent, and thought-provoking addition to the growing body of our sexual knowledge of self.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Bering's a supple, witty writer, and praiseworthy terms like wry and irreverent suggest themselves readily. The book is a humane flirtation with the often-strange intimacies that drive people's lives.” ―Michael Washburn, The Boston Globe
“A master craftsman at refashioning reproductive biology into provocative composition, Bering nimbly probes ‘the darkest corners of our sexual nature" with no illicit aftertaste.'” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Against a colorful backdrop of science, history, and psychology, Bering calls on human society to stop judging people's sexual preferences based on a personal belief about what's normal or natural, instead asking what is harmful. [He] throws a bucket of ice-cold water on topics that often become overheated by the fires of morality, religion, and politics.” ―The Scientist
“[A] lively exploration of sexual perversion . . . Bering has a very entertaining writing style, but don't let that distract you from the serious stuff he's talking about: this isn't just a list of so-called perversions but, instead, an exploration of the way the human mind and body work and the way we are all just a little bit unusual.” ―Booklist
“As a sex writer, Jesse Bering is fearless--and peerless.” ―Dan Savage
“Like a slightly kinky friend, Perv is sometimes weird, often revelatory, and always enthralling. You'd expect a book about sexual perversions to be at least interesting, but in Jesse Bering's hands it's also smart, humorous, and eminently humane.” ―Florence Williams, author of Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
“Perv is a deeply fascinating and surprisingly insightful peek into the weird world of human sexuality. With his shocking examples and unique evolutionary approach, Jesse Bering provides perhaps the best testament out there to Mark Twain's immortal quip that man is the only animal that blushes--or needs to.” ―Laurie Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory, Yale University
“Come to gawk, stay to learn. Jesse Bering has written a fascinating, funny, and scientifically literate book about all the aspects of sex you didn't want to think about. Perv will change the way you see yourself and everyone around you.” ―Art Markman, Ph.D., author of Smart Thinking and Habits of Leadership
“IIf truth be told--and Jesse Bering urges us to be honest--we're all perverts. And if you're not, then most around you are. Bering pulls no punches in this engrossing romp through the history, cultural relativism, politics, and science of sexuality. He brings shadowy taboos out to the front stage for a juicy, humorous, and nonjudgmental outing. Perv is a page-turner that is hard to put down.” ―Bruce Hood, Chair of Developmental Psychology in Society, University of Bristol, and author of The Self Illusion
“Jesse Bering's Perv is a copiously researched, scientifically solid, fascinating and fun ride through a museum of sexual oddities that makes a strong argument for why we need to ease up on our sneers at the ‘erotic outliers' and admit the reality: To perv is human.” ―Amy Alkon , author of I See Rude People
“In this unusual and wonderful book, Jesse Bering makes a persuasive case that we are all perverts. Bering is funny, brave, and deeply compassionate toward those whose desires cause suffering to themselves and others. This brilliant book will appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about the most unruly and intimate aspects of our lives.” ―Paul Bloom, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology, Yale University, and author of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil
“I have yet to come away from reading one of [Bering's] essays and not feel considerably better informed than I was just minutes before.” ―Forbes on Why Is the Penis Shaped like That?
“Excellent in its entirety, woven of Bering's rare tapestry of scientific rigor and a powerful, articulate social point of view.” ―Brain Pickings on Why Is the Penis Shaped like That?
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"Perv: The Sexual Deviant In All of Us" is the uncomfortable, relentless, fearless look into the not-so-uncommon devious world of human sexuality. Dr. Jesse Bering is on a courageous quest to expose the full spectrum of erotic manifestations. The fascinating topic is equaled only by Bering's innate ability to use scientific research into a narrative that provokes, shocks and ultimately educates. This entertaining 289-page book includes the following seven chapters: 1. We're All Perverts, 2. Damn Dirty Apes, 3. Sister Nymph and Brother Satyr, 4. Cupid the Psychopath, 5. It's Subjective, My Dear, 6. A Suitable Age, and 7. Life Lessons for the Lewd and Lascivious.
1. A very engaging writing style that relies on good research, sound science and humor. Refreshingly open resulting from years of having to live in fear for no other reason other than being.
2. The fascinating yet surprisingly neglected topic of human sexuality in the fearless hands of one Dr. Jesse Bering. Sexual perversions...oh my.
3. This book in many respects is a plea to stop judging people's sexual preferences on what is considered normal and instead on what is considered harmful. It's a book in defense of "erotic outliers".
4. Making clear what you are going to get out of this book besides being thoroughly entertained, "What you're going to discover along the way is that you have a lot more in common with the average pervert than you may be aware. I'll be sharing with you a blossoming new science of human sexuality, one that's revealing how "sexual deviancy" is in fact far less deviant than most of us assume."
5. The origin and evolution of the word perversion...who knew?Read more ›
This is an interesting book. I mean interesting in multiple ways. While clearly the author is highly educated and knows quite a lot about human sexuality and the forces that drive deviant behaviour, this is not your typical textbook look at said situation.
Instead, this author uses a humorous approach to recounting his own experiences and gives his opinion on the matters at hand. He is very open, honest and I found him entertaining, although it should be noted that his non-religious views may offend some as he does not hold back when speaking of his disbelief in a higher power.
I am not sure there is a single subject in the realm of deviance that this author did not explore. There are moments that will make you blush, a few that might make your stomach turn and many more still that will make you think about civilisation as a whole and how we came to be how we are. One thing I really did enjoy about this book was his nonpartisan attitude. This author does not make harsh judgments against anyone, but simply gives the reader a chance to view things from an objective perspective. He does not try to influence your beliefs, yet feels comfortable enough to offer his own opinion.
While I did not agree with all of the author's views, I did see things his way a good number of times.Read more ›
I had not read anything by Jesse Bering before--had never heard of him--but am delighted I took a chance on "Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us." This is not a scholar's type of book although it is written with extensive--and very interesting--footnotes as well as a very extensive bibliography.
The book is what it says it is: a work about the rich diversity of human sexuality, a topic that intrigued
Dr. William Masters and Virginia Masters several decades ago. (By the way, I also highly recommend "Masters of Sex" with its very ironic title.) But I suspect that the mainstream public, especially those who are religiously and politically conservative would shun this book. Yet, ironically, this is exactly the book they should be reading to broaden their horizons.
Quite possibly gay men--and I am one--such as the author have more of a curiosity about the uniquenesses of what "turns people on" sexually because we have been admonished for being "perverts" and have had to struggle with that issue. However, Masters and Johnson discovered decades ago that straight people are just as "perverted" as gays.
In Bering's book, he reclaims the word "pervert" (or as he calls all of us, "pervs") by showing that there are so many varieties of fantasies.
A work like this should be seen as just another opening up of dialogue. I straight minister I know who struggles with issues around homosexuality--he is so against gay marriage--said this to me, "I don't know what makes men homosexuals." And I thought to myself, "Then why are you not asking them, including me?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting for the most part. Kudos to the author (and publisher) for taking on topics that are sometimes swept under the carpet or considered taboo. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fresno reader
A great book!
Highly recommended reading for any and all.
I appreciate the statement of intent, and the acknowledgement that he is doing his best as a human. Read more
I wanted to like this book more than I ultimately did.
On the one hand, the "whys and wherefores" of various sexual perversions--from the innocuous, such as wearing... Read more
I actually borrowed this book from my local library. I like to think I am an open minded person but this book opened up a whole new world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Because homosexuality is no longer seen as a perversion, this author looks at other ‘perversions’ that he argues should also be un-labelled. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pauline Butcher Bird
It was a bit dull and long winded. After finishing the book I am not quite sure what the point of it was. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LuBrant F.
Bering is rather loquacious. He also has a massive vocabulary which he uses I felt like more to show he knows lots of words rather than make a point. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Warren Benton