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The Best of Sexology: Kinky and Kooky Excerpts from America's First Sex Magazine Hardcover – September 30, 2008
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Sexology was the long-running magazine that talked about things you just didn't talk about, back in an era when that covered an awful lot of ground.
This book collects some of the best - and strangest - from Sexology's long publishing history, including: Can Humans and Animals Crossbreed? How To Have a Successful Honeymoon, Types of French Prostitutes, and Sex Among the Eskimos. This isn't "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask." Instead, "The Best of Sexology" answers questions you never had about topics you didn't know existed. (Pregnant Men, When Midgets Marry)
Celebrity value comes from discussing the proclivities of such famous individuals as Hitler, Napoleon, Victor Hugo, Ben Franklin and Satan. You'll have to buy the book to see which one had the oddest sex life.
Sexual fetishes is a frequent topic, and the book covers many I'd never heard of (and can't wait to try!).
But don't be fooled into thinking this is a hot book. A lot of the articles focus on freakish deformities (Humans with Tails!) taking any hint of eroticism out of the subject of sex. In a way, it's an exercise in talking about sex without being sexy. You'll read more stimulating descriptions in a cookbook. But that's what makes Sexology so fascinating. Imagine what it was like to read this stuff in the Fifties!
From Elvis Presley to elephantiasis, The Best of Sexology covers all the various aspects of human sexuality, plus a few I think they made up.
There is a lot of really strange stuff in this book. Want to know about Adolf Hitler's sex life or about gay chickens or humans with tails?
It's all here. I usually don't buy this kind of stuff. I bought it because it was published by Hugo Gernsback.He mainly published radio magazines in the early 20th century, and I like to read about early radio.. But he was also interested in sex. Quite a guy!