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Sex, The World History
Through Time, Religion, and Culture
by John R. Gregg,
This book is a daring exploration of human sexuality from the ancient to the modern world.
A cross-cultural examination of sexual beliefs, the book traces sexual practices, the unusual and the transcendent, throughout world cultures. A deep look at world religions and their control of sex, the book explores complex relationships between spirituality, sexuality, and the treatment of women throughout history. The book revamps previous historical interpretations of gender fluidity in cultures worldwide.
While women were exalted as leaders and priestesses in many ancient cultures, they suffered a drastic loss of power and prestige over time. The supremacy of the Mother Goddess throughout most of human existence, and her relatively recent fall, is detailed.
Other themes are; the existence of bisexuality in the majority of human cultures, the influence and abuses of the Church, the history of sexual slavery including World War II, child brides and forced marriages, historical perspectives on homosexuality, the origins of the LGBTQ and Feminist movements.
This monumental work includes mythology, erotic artwork, and literary excerpts. These weave together a multicultural and historical tapestry which we can now see reflected in our contemporary world. It offers, in very readable form, an encyclopedic tour of the sexuality of humankind!