From Library Journal
Sex is a topic American adults assume they know everything about. To explain the genesis of the myths and realities of modern sexual customs and ethics, two internationally known University of California sexologists (coeditors of Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia, Garland, 1994, and many other titles) turn their attention to the historical and cultural backgrounds-from the ancient Greeks and Romans through early and medieval Christian, Islamic, Chinese, and Indian cultural strains. Topics of discussion include prostitutes, pornography, obscenity, masturbation, transexualism, transvestitism, menstruation, abortion, sex labeling, nudity, and more. The discussion of each topic is presented in as unbiased a fashion as possible, although an unintentional Western skew is evident. Based as much in sociology as psychology, each thoroughly researched chapter ends with a three- to four-page bibliography of resources consulted. Larger public libraries may want this book, which is accessible to the informed public library patron; academic libraries should also purchase.Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
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