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100 1  Laqueur, Thomas Walter,|eauthor 
245 10 Solitary sex :|ba cultural history of masturbation /
       |cThomas W. Laqueur 
264    New York :|bZone Books,|c2003 
300    501 pages :|billustrations ;|c24 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references and index 
505 0  The beginning -- The spread of masturbation from Onania to
       the Web -- Masturbation before Onania -- The problem with 
       masturbation -- Why masturbation became a problem -- 
       Solitary sex in the twentieth century 
520 1  "This is the first cultural history of the world's most 
       common sexual practice: masturbation. At a time when 
       almost any victimless practice has its public advocates 
       and almost every sexual act is front-page news, the 
       easiest and least harmful one is embarrassing, 
       discomforting, and genuinely radical when openly 
       acknowledged. But this has not always been the case. The 
       ancient world cared little about maturbation; it was of no
       great concern in Jewish and Christian teaching about 
       sexuality. In fact, as Thomas Lacqeur dramatically shows, 
       solitary sex as an important medical and moral issue can 
       be dated with a precision rare in cultural history: the 
       solitary vice, self-pollution, or self-abuse came into 
       being around 1712. A creature of the Enlightenment, 
       masturbation at first worried not conservatives - for whom
       it had long been but one among many sins of the flesh - 
       but rather the progressives who welcomed sexual pleasure 
       but struggled to create an ethics of self-government. The 
       first truly democratic sexuality, masturbation was of 
       ethical interest to both men and women, young and old." 
520 8  "Solitary Sex explains how and why this humble and once 
       obscure means of sexual gratification became the evil twin
       of the great virtues of modern commercial society; 
       individual moral autonomy and privacy, creativity and the 
       imagination, abundance, and desire. It shows how a moral 
       problem became a medical one, how some of the most famous 
       doctors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were 
       convinced that solitary pleasures killed or maimed. In the
       early twentieth century, Freud and his successors 
       transformed this tradition: masturbation defined a stage 
       in human development, the foundational sexuality that 
       culture transformed for its own purposes. And finally, in 
       the late twentieth century, masturbation become for some a
       key element in the struggle for sexual, personal, and even
       artistic liberation. Working with material from the 
       prehistory of solitary sex in the Bible to third wave 
       feminism, conceptual artists and the World Wide Web, 
       historian Thomas Laqueur uses medical and philosophical 
       texts as well as diaries, autobiographies, and pornography
       to tell the story of what has become the last taboo."--
650  0 Masturbation|xHistory 
650  0 Masturbation in literature 
650  0 Sex|xReligious aspects 
776 08 |iOnline version:|aLaqueur, Thomas Walter.|tSolitary sex.
       |dNew York : Zone Books, 2003|w(OCoLC)648220578 
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