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Abuses of the Sexual Function

Abuses of the Sexual Function

E. P. Miller

From the Preface: ‘This little book is born of the idea that mankind are suffering for want of the knowledge it is designed to give. A medical experience, extending through several years, has convinced me that people of all ages and both sexes are suffering from abuses of the sexual function. In a majority of instances, these abuses were begun…

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Ananga Ranga

Ananga Ranga

Richard Francis Burton

The Ananga Ranga (Stage of Love) or Kamaledhiplava (Boat in the Sea of Love) is an Indian sex manual written by Kalyana malla in the 15th or 16th century. The poet wrote the work in honor of Lad Khan, son of Ahmed Khan Lodi. He was related to the Lodi dynasty, which from 1451 to 1526 ruled from Delhi. Later commentators have said it is aimed…

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Aphrodite

Aphrodite

Pierre Louÿs

On the heels of Bilitis, Pierre Louys published his first novel, Aphrodite in 1896. It was a bestseller, selling 350,000 copies, sealing Louys’ reputation as a popular author of erotic literature. Set in Ptolemaic Alexandria, at a much later date than Bilitis, Aphrodite is as much a love story as a crime story. Louys’ decadent, sensual vision of Egypt…

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The Collected Articles of Ida Craddock

The Collected Articles of Ida Craddock

Ida Craddock

Ida C. Craddock (1857 – 1902) was a 19th-century American advocate of free speech and women’s rights. She wrote many serious instructional tracts on human sexuality and appropriate, respectful sexual relations between husband and wife. Aleister Crowley reviewed ‘Heavenly Bridegrooms’ in the pages of his journal The Equinox, stating that it was…

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Influence of the Phallic Idea in the Religions of Antiquity

Influence of the Phallic Idea in the Religions of Antiquity

C. Staniland Wake

The origin of phallic worship is hidden behind so much obscurity that very little is actually known about it. The Phoenicians, Egyptians, Phrygians, Greeks, Hindus, and many others have legends and myths concerning phallic worship that date back to prehistory. This book explores the origins of phallic worship, its influence on the religions…

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Karezza, Ethics of Marriage

Karezza, Ethics of Marriage

Alice B. Stockham

Alice Stockham was one of the first women medical school graduates in the USA. This book, one of her later ones, talks about Karezza, a form of spiritual companionship. Partners seek union and mutual soul development rather than fleeting passionate gratification. Stockham was a Quaker and she saw controlled intercourse as a way…

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The Karezza Method

J. William Lloyd

The Karezza Method is a beautiful, inspiring manual about the practice of Karezza (controlled intercourse) by J. William Lloyd. Thoughtfully written and based on actual experience, it brims with practical information. Karezza is a gentle, affectionate form of intercourse in which orgasm is not the goal, and ideally does not occur…

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