So, I bought this book despite having the feeling that it was going to be pop sexuality and boy, was I right The author is a journalist, not a trained historian, or even a sex researcher His book is filled with poorly researched historical tidbits, random assertions, and worst of all, facts that are often blatantly wrong or simply ludicrous And while he has an extensive bibliography in the back of the book, he fails to cite even one single fact from within his text.Honestly, the following review by the author of Sex At Dawn explains the failings of O succinctly and expertly, so I ll direct you to it I could only read 4 or 5 chapters of it because I had to come back to China I had borrowed it from the Canadian public library Obviously I could not find such book here because sex has been a forbidden subject here for decades It sounds quite scientific and amusing You would not get bored if you are interested in History. Highly recommended for sex nerds like myself.It starts out a wee bit dry how is that even possible but by the time you get to the chapter about different sexual cultures around the world, you ll be absolutely fascinated.Margolis has put together a surprisingly comprehensive history of not just orgasms, but sex, gender, politics, religion, how all these work together to form the great big beautiful mess that is our current view of sexuality.One of his key theses the idea that testosterone is the most influential chemical of all time is bold, well supported, has stayed with me. I gave up on page 12 at the end of the first chapter This book was so poorly written, so dry, so academic, that I couldn t bear to waste my time reading I m sure there s a fascinating history buried in these 400 pages, but I can t think of England long enough to get through the experience of reading it. Pavyk s bandymas atskleisti seksualumo, sekso, orgazmo supratim vairiais istoriniais laikotarpiais Daug domi valg , statistini fakt , religini ar medicinos atstov citat ir kritinio vertinimo. Ugh, what a snore Tons of weird spelling mistakes, confusing and convoluted sentences, and a general disconnected and random feeling throughout. What I liked This book was so fun to read It looked at orgasms physiologically, socially, and historically For instance, did you know that studies have shown semen is actually addictive to some women How about that it is really hard to have sex in the missionary position in zero gravity And, many cultures throughout history have believed that women are sexual then men which I have been saying for years.Overall, informative, fun, and an easy read If you are looking for a serious book because you have a history paper on sex due then this isn t it If you just love learning about sex throughout the ages and enjoying yourself along the way then this book is perfect.What I didn t like I actually had no real complaints about this book The only thing I could see some people not liking is that this book is far from a complete history of orgasms It also jumped around a bit And, the narrative was very conversational I liked it but I can see where some people wouldn t Oh, and this book is not for prudes At all. The culture and knowledge of sex has progressed and regressed throughout history Margolis uses mythology and research to discuss the orgasm, which is often misperceived due to reluctance by many to have a frank discussion about it.Beginning as a largely unauthorized celebrity biographer, Margolis was shunned for his work by many of the celebrities about whom he wrote So, while it is understandable that he would decide to take a break from getting glared at by the glamorous, I am interested in what drove him to write about orgasms, and, thus, probably get glared at by a much larger audience.This is intended as a research book, so there are a few dry spots where I found my mind wandering For most of the book, I found myself intrigued, which was surprising considering the dense research However, Margolis is a strong writer who makes the history an enjoyable read.Read the rest of my review here In An Anatomist Called Columbus Discovered The Clitoris, And So A Whole New World Of Sexual Pleasure Began To Be Opened Up And It Was A Steady Progress That Culminated In The Present Golden Age That At Least Is The Official History Here Jonathan Margolis Produces Evidence To Show That In Europe And America Progress Was Extremely Slow Whilst In Other Places The Secrets Of The Orgasm Created Almost Unimaginable Worlds Of Pleasure The Book Will Draw On Orgasm S Biology, Anthropology, Psychology, Technology And Sociology The Orgasm Was Revered In Ancient Societies, But By The Th Century Modesty Ruled St Francis Of Assisi Would Throw Himself Into A Thorn Bush To Disguise Unwanted Erections And Avoid All Possibility Of Orgasm Victorians Still Regarded The Female Orgasm As A Form Of Hysteria Women Were Treated For Hysteria And, By The Th Century, Were Strongly Advised Against Riding Bicycles For This Reason In Edwardian Britain And America, Vibrators Were Routinely Advertised In The Respectable Women S Magazines As A Form Of Handy Household Appliance Margolis Considers The Revival Of Open, Public Interest In Sex In The Late S, And The Effect Of The Pill, Feminism And Viagra On The State Of The Orgasm In The St Century clearly written by a dude.meh.
Jonathan Margolis is a journalist for The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times UK He has been a contributor to Time as well as several other online magazines He has written several celebrity biographies including ones on John Cleese, Uri Geller and the orgasm.
- 416 pages
- O: The Intimate History of the Orgasm
- Jonathan Margolis
- 07 February 2019 Jonathan Margolis