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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 and continued in ignorance of the results which were to follow. Children inherit strong…

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…

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…

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…

A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus

A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus

Richard Payne Knight

With 25 illustrations. This extended essay on fertility worship in the Classical period was written by Robert Payne Knight, a distinguished English scholar, parlimentarian, writer, and antiquarian. Published in 1786, this book shocked English society to such an extent that Knight took it upon himself to supress it. Although the study of the…

The Erotic Motive in Literature

The Erotic Motive in Literature

Albert Mordell

This book attempts to analyse books by reading between the lines, trying to figure out why the author wrote what they did, and basically get into their minds all Freudian like. Chapters include, Eroticism In Life, Dream And Literature, The Oedipus Complex, Sexual Symbolism, and Literary Emotions.

How to Use New Thought in Home Life

How to Use New Thought in Home Life

Elizabeth Towne

Chapters include: How to Reduce Friction and Preserve Love; The Getting Mad Habit; On Pulling Together; Getting Rid of Jealousy; Making Money and Spending Money; How to Live with a Groucher; and many more.

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…

Intermediate Types among Primitive Folk

Intermediate Types among Primitive Folk

Edward Carpenter

In this ground-breaking study of homosexuality, Edward Carpenter reviews an extensive body of literature, including accounts of Shamans and Bedarches (transgenders) in tribal society, and same-sex unions in ancient Greece and feudal Japan. This book includes much that has a direct bearing on issues of gay spirituality, including a discussion…

Ioläus, An Anthology of Friendship

Ioläus, An Anthology of Friendship

Edward Carpenter

This is Edward Carpenter’s study of (primarily male) friendship, which in this case is a thinly veiled codeword for ‘homosexuality’. In earlier cultures, intense, even romantic emotional relationships between men were accepted by society. Paradoxically, these relationships between men were often in the context of cultures which…

The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

Richard Francis Burton

With 8 illustrations. The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian text which is considered the primary Sanskrit work on human sexuality. It was written by Mallanaga Vatsyayana in the 2nd century CE. Although Burton published this, the most widely known English translation, he was not the author of the translation, although he did provide…

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…

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…

The Love Books

The Love Books

Ovid

Illustrated. Includes: The Amores (the Loves), Ars Amatoria (the Art of Love), Remedia Amoris (The Cure for Love) and the fragmentary Medicamina Faciei Feminae (Women’s Facial Cosmetics). This version was published in 1930 in a ‘limited’ edition with sensual art deco illustrations by Jean de Bosschere. The Amores, originally published…

Love’s Coming-Of-Age

Love's Coming-Of-Age

Edward Carpenter

This short book of essays by Edward Carpenter is a look at gender roles at the start of the 20th century, and his prescient vision of how those roles might evolve. In the past century many of his then-utopian predictions have come to pass, such as rational sexual education, greater equality for women, recognition of a spectrum of…

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