With the Hand: A Cultural History of Masturbation

With the Hand: A Cultural History of Masturbation

Mels van Driel


People name it every thing from “walking your puppy” to “scratching your bean.” girls often do it at domestic. males, it occasionally turns out, do it all over the place. a few humans imagine it’s fit; others imagine it's a sin that may ship you instantly to hell. yet whereas many folks claim that everyone’s doing it, not anyone truly talks approximately it—outside the pages of Cosmo, masturbation is likely one of the so much taboo of issues, no longer appropriate for well mannered society or public conversation.

Mels van Driel boldly breaks this silence that allows you to aid the area conquer its diffidence towards solo intercourse in With the Hand. Consulting everybody from medical professionals and sexologists to feminists and chauvinists, van Driel explains what masturbation truly is and describes the most recent discoveries and developments on the topic. He additionally appears to be like to theologians, historians, and philosophers to appreciate perceptions of masturbation throughout cultures and religions all through background. overlaying numerous themes, together with age, situation, and frequency, in addition to the results of circumcision and the facility to have a number of orgasms, With the Hand also explores masturbation in paintings, literature, poetry, and music.
 
Addressing the actual, legendary, and mythological, this frequently funny and consistently informative booklet clears up the confusion surrounding this common, and universally unmentionable, topic.

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