In this eye-opening book, psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. He introduces us to the young woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others. He challenges us to move beyond our attitudes towards "deviant" sex and consider the alternative: What would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accept our true natures?
With his signature wit and irreverent style, Bering pulls back the curtains on the history of perversions, the biological reasons behind our distaste for unusual sexual proclivities and the latest research on desire. Armed with reason, science, and an insatiable appetite for knowledge, he humanises deviants while asking some provocative questions about the nature of hypocrisy, prejudice, and when sexual desire can lead to harm.
A groundbreaking look at our complex relationship with our carnal urges and the ways in which we disguise, deny, and shame the sexual deviant in all of us, Perv brings hidden desires into the spotlight.
©2013 Jesse Bering (P)2014 Macmillan Audio, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks 2014
I really liked this book - full of interesting facts, and a useful account of how attitudes in psychology have changed over time. The author reads really well, and has an offbeat style that put me in mind of David Sedaris; and with the ability to make facts and references interesting in the way that Bill Bryson does, this is an invigorating listen.
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