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Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire von [Berkowitz, Eric]
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"A wonderful exposure of the illogicality of so much legislation that attempts to regulate sexual activity ... from the age of consent to adultery and sex on college campuses." Mary Beard "I don't think I've ever read such an entertaining historical work. It has the wisdom granted by perspective, without the condescension of someone who thinks we're wiser than our ancestors. Whether you want to fuel your indignation, or simply furnish yourself with enough jaw-dropping data to galvanise a hundred party conversations, you really must shell out for this book. It's worth every penny." Nicholas Lezard, Guardian "At once broad-ranging and rich in detail, Berkowitz s cross examination of human sexuality is both exciting and impressively relentless." James McConnachie, Sunday Times "...throughout history men and women have been forced to pay a fearful price for doing what to the birds and bees comes naturally. As Eric Berkowitz points out in this fascinating and gruesomely compelling study of human sexuality, the consequences for those whose proclivities fall outside the boundaries of convention have generally proved devastating." Simon Griffith, Mail on Sunday "Stimulating - Berkowitz has achieved a perfect balance between case study and analysis, and between narrative and reflection. - This is a wonderfully well-written, well-organised and accomplished book. But it comes with a health warning. 350 pages of sex resulting in impalement or a barbed fish up the bottom may have a deleterious effect on the libido.' Sara Wheeler, Literary Review "Throughout Berkowitz smoothly straddles the divide between the explicit and the subtle, the ridiculous and the sublime...Sex and Punishment constantly reminds us not to be complacent about past victories - nor to rest until genuine equality has been won, from the barricades to the bedroom." Socialist Review "An illuminating and deftly told account of the two urges that have done so much to define civilization: humanity s appetite for sex and its concern to regulate the consequences. As Eric Berkowitz shows, both impulses have been in flux for centuries, and his colourful history serves as a timely reminder of just how arbitrary and ludicrous the moral certainties of one era can appear to the next." Sadakat Kadri, author of 'The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O. J. Simpson' " Eric Berkowitz leads us through the inventive and ultimately futile ways that mankind has tried to tame its most troublesome pleasure. His compehensive tour is sometimes funny, more often scary but always entertaining." A. J. Langguth, author of 'Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution' "Sex and Punishment is built on solid scholarship and spiced with plenty of sordid details that will make you the hit of any cocktail party." Christopher Ryan, author of 'Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality' "It's rare that a book so well researched and provocative is also so downright entertaining Sex and Punishment will have you gripped and fascinated (and sometimes laughing out loud) at how legal systems over the millennia have attempted to regulate mankind's unruly carnal desires. The chapter on ancient Mesopotamia alone is worth the price of the book." Tony Perrottet, author of 'Napoleon's Privates'

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Sex and Punishment tells the story of the struggle throughout millennia to regulate the most powerful engine of human behaviour: sex. From the savage impalement of an Ancient Mesopotamian adulteress to the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde for 'gross indecency' in 1895, Eric Berkowitz evokes the entire sweep of Western sex law. 'I don't think I've ever read such an entertaining historical work. Whether you want to fuel your indignation, or simply furnish yourself with enough jaw-dropping data to galvanise a hundred party conversations, you really must shell out for this book. It's worth every penny.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 'A wonderful exposure of the illogicality of so much legislation that attempts to regulate sexual activity ... from the age of consent to adultery and sex on college campuses.' Mary Beard 'A fascinating and gruesomely compelling study of human sexuality' Mail on Sunday 'Eric Berkowitz's cross-examination of human sexuality is both exciting and impressively relentless.' Sunday Times 'Stimulating … Berkowitz has achieved a perfect balance between case study and analysis, and between narrative and reflection. … This is a wonderfully well-written, well-organised and accomplished book.' Sarah Wheeler, Literary Review The cast of Sex and Punishment is as varied as the forms taken by human desire itself: royal mistresses, gay charioteers, medieval transvestites, lonely goat-lovers, prostitutes of all stripes and London rent boys. Each of them had forbidden sex, and each was judged - and justice, as Berkowitz shows - rarely had anything to do with it.

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  • Verlag: The Westbourne Press (4. März 2013)
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An outstanding account of a tabooed aspect of society, written in a style devoid of sensationalism and with many useful quotations and references.
Despite its scientific quality, the book is captivating and easy to read.
Studying this hidden aspect of human history reveals the subconscious elements of many religious cults. The author does not show bias towards some cult or religion or another, he explains historical facts.
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I enjoyed reading this book because it gives the reader an interesting and entertaining insight into laws regarding sexual practices during the centuries. It is interesting to discover what punishments for rape were enforced during different ages, or how homosexuality was treated. There is a good reference section at the end of the book, which may be useful for additional research.
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An awesome book! Everyone has something to learn from it! Great read and eye-opening for many, I'd bet! It really brings home the idea that we should all just mind our own business, not everyone else's business, be it sex or private life!
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Sehr gut recherchiertes Sachbuch, das viele neue Aspekte enthält. In leicht verständlichem Englisch geschrieben. Kleine Kritik: Gelegentlich sind Wiederholungen enthalten.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen assuring the human species survives 9. August 2016
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This book ought to be required reading. Not sure at what level of development because of its content; but a requirement in the understanding of how societies, religions, laws and human behavior in general is affected and influenced by what is God given to assure the species is sustainable
4.0 von 5 Sternen A worthy history whose time come 28. April 2013
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As Mr. Berkowitz said in his introduction, he'd intended to write an overview of law through the ages but found himself distracted by all the law regarding marriage and fidelity.

What is blatantly obvious in all the cases he cites is that women were castigated, restricted, tortured, burned, and destroyed for the merest misstep while men were practically exalted when they committed sex crimes.

Reading this makes it obvious why misogyny is so enmeshed in our society today.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating and troubling! 4. Mai 2014
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This book is a must read! It really amkes you realize how every age has had it's own well-intentioned but depraved ideas about what constitues a punishable offence regarding sexual behavior. It also clearlynillustrates how Christianity has been among the worst of the worst in this respect, bringing more pain, suffering and death in the name of doing "God's will" than any other social instituion.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating survey, comic and horrifying. 23. Mai 2012
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This is a fascinating survey of 4000 years of attempts both comic and horrifying to "set boundaries on how people take their sexual pleasures" and the "range of controls and punishments to enforce them." The book vividly describes many of the mind-boggling punishments imposed over the years for purported sex crimes, one particularly strange one involving the use of a fish. We learn that the earliest sex laws were an attempt by men to regulate their property rights (for centuries women were the bought and sold property of their fathers and husbands), how homosexuality came to be associated with paganism by religious zealots and how after thousands of years of practical acceptance the first serious attempts to control prostitution took hold. The author's commentary is witty and insightful throughout. It's rare to find a history book that is so much fun to read and that also provides so much perspective on current events and political debates. Highly recommended and I can't wait for the sequel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Provocative history of Western civilization from the perspective of law and libido 1. Oktober 2012
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Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire by Eric Berkowitz

"Sex and Punishment" is the fascinating four-thousand year history of mainly western society's attempt to control sexuality through the law. This eye-opening book covers a wide spectrum of societal sexual manifestations up until the end of the 19th century. Writer, lawyer and journalist, Eric Berkowitz takes the reader on a voyeuristic ride into humankind's obsession to control sex via the law. With countless in-depth cases the author shows what has happened to those who engage in sexual behavior that runs contrary to prevailing societal attitudes. This at times mesmerizing 456-page book is composed of the following eight chapters: 1. Channeling the Urge: The First Sex Laws, 2. Honor Among (Mostly) Men: Cases from Ancient Greece, 3. Imperial Bedrooms: Sex and the State of 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 and 8. The Nineteenth Century: Human Nature on Trial.

Positives:
1. A well researched book that provides many riveting historical examples.
2. As fascinating a topic as you will find: sex and society's quest to legislate it.
3. At the heart of this book, Berkowitz shows quite compellingly with a luxury of details what happens to those who engage in sexual behavior that runs contrary to prevailing societal attitudes. "At any given point in time, some forms of sex and sexuality have been encouraged while others have been punished without mercy. Jump forward or backward a century or two, or cross a border, and the harmless fun of one society becomes the gravest crime of another."
4. The book covers from the early Sumerian kingdom of Ur-Namma (2100 BC) to the trial of Oscar Wilde (1895). Roughly a period of four-thousand years.
5. The origination of Western sex law. What they represent.
6. The book is full and I mean full of eye-opening facts. I guarantee that after reading this book you will not lack for interesting topics. "It was not until about 9000 BC that the link between sexual intercourse and pregnancy was confirmed."
7. I'm astounded and you will be too at what was considered scientifically acceptable as recent as late 19th century.
8. This book covers a wide variety of sexual manifestations including uncomfortable sexual taboos. I'm flabbergasted at some of the accounts!
9. The author provides many examples that show the abhorrent treatment of women throughout history and cultures. "The strength of Rome would depend on keeping women in line and preventing the corrupting influence of femininity in men."
10. The greatest sex crimes. The evil of slavery, rape...
11. Homosexuality in perspective, before morality and how it evolved over time and cultures.
12. Sexual prohibitions. A lot of this book covers sexual prohibitions and what events transpired to arouse legislation. Prostitution.
13. The impact of Judaism and Christianity on society with regards to sex and punishment. Protestant reformation.
14. The book covers the penalties associated with sexual behavior. Some of it is guaranteed to shock and provoke the reader. "The penitentials were the church's field guides for ranking good and bad sexual behavior." Sexual repression. Witchcraft.
15. The battlefield of obscenity. Society's obsession. The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice.
16. The fruits of overseas conquest.
17. The issue of race in the United States. Fascinating stuff.
18. The ravages of self-abuse. Society's quest to control private pleasures.
19. Censorship of books, written materials. The impact of the word. The punishments.
20. The issue of age of consent. The laws that raised the age of consent. Global influence.
21. Sterilization. An awful abhorrent practice...its history.
22. Links worked fine. A notes and bibliography section.

Negatives:
1. Some of the stories depicting the more outlandish sexual acts will repulse the average reader.
2. Stories involving harsh punishments of people in particular women and children is uncomfortable.
3. The book lacks overall cohesion. It's not always a smooth transition from one story to another and at times repetitive.
4. Charts would have added value. Charts that summarized the sexual behaviors by culture and the laws created to control and/or punish them would have added value to the book.
5. I think the author originally wanted to make a book that covered until current times but decided to stop at the Oscar Wilde trial (1895). Hopefully a part two is in the works.
6. At over 400 pages the book does require an investment of your time.

In summary, this is an entertaining, enlightening and eye-opening book. The author succeeds in providing the reader with the history of Western civilization from the perspective of law and libido. It is full of amusing and at times even shocking stories that will leave you dumbfounded. Some of the acts depicted in the book can be repulsive and will make some readers very uncomfortable. That all being said, if you want to learn about sexual behavior and society's quest to legislate it this book certainly succeeds. I recommend it!

Further recommendations: "Bisexuality in the Ancient World" by Eva Cantarella, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn, "Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--and How We Can Fight It" by David Batstone, "Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves" by Sarah B. Pomeroy, "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time" by Greg Mortenson "Misogyny: The World's Oldest Prejudice" by Jack Holland, "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, "Cruel Creeds, Virtuous Violence: Religious Violence Across Culture and History" by Jack David Eller, "Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars" by Sikivu Hutchinson, and "Slavery As Moral Problem: In the Early Church and Today (Facets)" by Jennifer Glancy.
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