A History of Human Sexuality from Ancient Greece to the Modern Age (All you need to know)
Connell Publishing, 9781912568031, 128pp.
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
So writes Charlie McCann in this fascinating study of sex and sexuality through the ages. Beginning with the world of antiquity and ending with the present, she traces our changing attitudes to our bodies and what we do with them, conducting us on a tour which takes in the gymnasiums of ancient Greece, where men seduced boys, to the caves occupied by Christian ascetics, to the fashionable drawing rooms of Georgian London, where libertines hunted for women to prey on, and the clubs of Weimar Berlin, where lesbians debated the nature of their desire.
Nowadays, in Europe and North America, the way we think about sexuality is a fundamental part of our identity. To a greater extent than ever, we are defined by our sexual preferences. Sexuality matters more than it ever has before. We need to understand it to understand ourselves.
About the Author
Charlie McCann is the assistant editor of The Economist’s lifestyle and culture magazine, 1843. She has written prolifically about contemporary cultural and sexual issues.