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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407080888
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Sex: A User's Guide


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An irreverent encyclopedia of all things sex related. Pure literary viagra

Everything you always wanted to know about the more curious aspects of sex but were afraid to ask: the history of sex; sex and religion: sex and the law: sexual customs around the world; the biology of sex; the physiology of sex, anatomical curiosities; Gay and lesbian sex; sex and the animal kingdom; the great sex manuals; sex in literature, film and art; sex aids and toys; aphrodisiacs; masturbation; pornography; famous sexual athletes (and famous flops); the language of sex; kinks and fetishes; perversions; urban myths, tales of outrageous behaviour and a catalogue of bizarre facts and figures.
Did you know. ..
- One of the lesser-known fetishes is Axillism -the erotic attraction of armpits.
- In the Lebanon it is legal for a man to have sex with any female animal, but if he has sex with a male animal it is punishable by death.
- Cleopatra is said to have owned one of the world's first vibrators. Cleopatra's toy didn't run on batteries, it was insect powered -a small, hollow implement full of buzzing bees.
- Arab fishermen used to have sex with any 'dugong' (sea-cow) they accidentally drowned in their nets. This practice was meant to stop the dead animal's relatives seeking revenge and drowning the fisherman.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407080888
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Stephen Arnott

Stephen Arnott is the author of Now Wash Your Hands! a cultural history of the toilet, The Languid Goat is Always Thin, a collection of the world's strangest proverbs, and Sex: A User's Guide. Born in Jamaica, he lives in South London with his partner and daughter.

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Praise for Sex: A User's Guide

“a mind-bogglingly good read”

Manchester Evening News


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