Monday Reviews: The Origins of Sex

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Every Monday, The CSPH takes a look at a book or film focusing on an aspect of sexuality. This week we are featuring the book The Origins of Sex by Faramerz Dabhoiwala. The book’s title and tagline “A history of the first sexual revolution” are a bit of a misnomer since Dabhoiwala’s research is directed only at England’s sexual revolution from 1660-1800.  While this period marked the first … [Read more...]

Monday Reviews: Yoshiwara: Geishas, Courtesans, and the Pleasure Quarters of Old Tokyo

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Every Monday, The CSPH takes a look at a book or film focusing on an aspect of sexuality. This week we are featuring the book Yoshiwara: Geishas, Courtesans, and the Pleasure Quarters of Old Tokyo by Stephen and Ethel Longstreet. To the Western world, the commercial sex industry of old Japan is a setting for a fascinating dichotomy between our traditional notions of immoral activity and Japan’s … [Read more...]

Monday Reviews: Make Love, Not War

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Every Monday, The CSPH takes a look at a book or film focusing on an aspect of sexuality. This week we are featuring the book Make Love, Not War: The Sexual Revolution: An Unfettered History by David Allyn. Nostalgically remembered as the Swingin’ Sixties, the 1960’s were a time in American history marked by the redefinition of social and political norms through protests, rock and roll, … [Read more...]

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Every Monday, The CSPH takes a look at a book or film focusing on an aspect of sexuality. This week we are featuring the book Spiritual Sex by Nik Douglas. In Spiritual Sex, Douglas provides a basic outline of Tantra, the ancient practice of sexual rites and rituals as a means for achieving spiritual enlightenment.  Though Douglas’s personal connection to the study and practice of Tantra is … [Read more...]

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Every Monday, The CSPH takes a look at a book or film focusing on an aspect of sexuality. This week we are featuring the book Kosher Sex by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Rabbi Boteach, referred to as “Dr. Ruth with a yarmulke,” defines Kosher sex as “carnal love that leads to knowledge.”  Claiming that Kosher sex is at the center of any healthy relationship, he maintains that his teachings can serve … [Read more...]

Monday Reviews: Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

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Every Monday, The CSPH takes a look at a book or film focusing on an aspect of sexuality. This week we are featuring Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner. Bisexuality has a bad rap; people who identify as bi are often depicted as duplicitous, promiscuous, confused, immature, or traitorous. Instead of refuting myths and stereotypes about bisexuals with normalizing examples, Eisner … [Read more...]

Monday Reviews: The Big Book of Orgasms

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Every Monday, The CSPH takes a look at a book or film focusing on an aspect of sexuality.  This week we are featuring The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel.  This compilation of erotic short stories features, well, you might have guessed it: sixty-nine stories about orgasms! Leading with an acknowledgement by Bussel, the book starts by stating that not all … [Read more...]

Monday Reviews: Dirty Little Numbers

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Every Monday, The CSPH takes a look at a book or film focusing on an aspect of sexuality. This week we are featuring the erotic anthology, Dirty Little Numbers. Edited by Lana Fox and Angela Tavares, this book is an erotic anthology with stories clocking in at 500 words or less. Although these pieces may be short, they are not lacking; I am impressed at the variety of erotic scenarios captured in … [Read more...]

Monday Reviews: Bedded Bliss

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Every Monday, The CSPH takes a look at a book or film focusing on an aspect of sexuality. This week, we are taking a look at Bedded Bliss, a guide to so-called “lust ever after.” Written and curated by Kristina Wright, this book is a mish-mash of marital advice and erotica. Despite the tone of my statements, some of the advice on long-term sexual relationships is practical and useful: Wright … [Read more...]

Monday Reviews: Out Late

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Every Monday, The CSPH takes a look at a book or film focusing on an aspect of sexuality. This week we are featuring Out Late, directed by Beatrice Alda and Jennifer Brooke. Coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer is an important moment in a person’s life. It is often associated with adolescence, perhaps because the turmoil and sexual awakening involved with puberty neatly … [Read more...]