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The Resource Sex and punishment : four thousand years of judging desire, by Eric Berkowitz

Sex and punishment : four thousand years of judging desire, by Eric Berkowitz

Label
Sex and punishment : four thousand years of judging desire
Title
Sex and punishment
Title remainder
four thousand years of judging desire
Statement of responsibility
by Eric Berkowitz
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The "raging frenzy" of the sex drive, to use Plato's phrase, has always defied control. However, that's not to say that the Sumerians, Victorians, and every civilization in between and beyond have not tried, wielding their most formidable weapon: the law. At any given point in time, some forms of sex were condoned while others were punished mercilessly. Jump forward or backward a century or two (and often far less than that), and the harmless fun of one time period becomes the gravest crime in another. Judging Desire tells the story of the struggle throughout the millennia to regulate the most powerful engine of human behavior. Writer and lawyer Eric Berkowitz uses flesh-and-blood cases- much flesh and even more blood - to evoke the entire sweep of Western sex law, from the savage impalement of an Ancient Mesopotamian adulteress to the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde in 1895 for "gross indecency." The cast of Judging Desire is as varied as the forms taken by human desire itself: royal mistresses, gay charioteers, medieval transvestites, lonely goat-lovers, prostitutes of all stripes, London rent boys. Each of them had forbidden sex, and each was judged- and justice, as Berkowitz shows, rarely had much to do with it. With the light touch of a natural storyteller, Berkowitz spins these tales and more, going behind closed doors to reveal the essential history of human desire
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Berkowitz, Eric
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ23
LC item number
.B344 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sex and law
  • Sex customs
  • Sex in popular culture
  • Social change
Label
Sex and punishment : four thousand years of judging desire, by Eric Berkowitz
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 342-357) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. Channeling the urge: the first sex laws -- 2. Honor among (mostly) men: cases from ancient Greece -- 3. Imperial bedrooms: sex and the State in ancient Rome -- 4. The Middle Ages: a crowd condemned -- 5. Groping toward modernity: the Early Modern period, 1500-1700 -- 6. The new world of sexual opportunity -- 7. The eighteenth century: revelation and revolution -- 8. The nineteenth century: human nature on trial
Control code
ocn781500739
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
368 p.
Isbn
9781908906007
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Sex and punishment : four thousand years of judging desire, by Eric Berkowitz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 342-357) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. Channeling the urge: the first sex laws -- 2. Honor among (mostly) men: cases from ancient Greece -- 3. Imperial bedrooms: sex and the State in ancient Rome -- 4. The Middle Ages: a crowd condemned -- 5. Groping toward modernity: the Early Modern period, 1500-1700 -- 6. The new world of sexual opportunity -- 7. The eighteenth century: revelation and revolution -- 8. The nineteenth century: human nature on trial
Control code
ocn781500739
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
368 p.
Isbn
9781908906007
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.

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