A Problem in Greek Ethics

A Problem in Greek Ethics

John Addington Symonds

This book is a ground-breaking study of the Greek institution of paiderastia. This was a custom by which adolescent men made alliances with older men of a romantic and sexual nature. The young men in question were the same age as contemporary teen pop stars (aproximately from puberty to the Athenian age of majority, 21). And they were treated similarly, as celebrities, showered with gifts and attention, and fought over by lovers…

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Sex, Avoided Subjects Discussed in Plain English

Sex, Avoided Subjects Discussed in Plain English

Henry Stanton

A book on sex published in 1922. Very puritan in its message; it contains gems of wisdom such as how male masturbation will lead to epilepsy, and as for girls who indulge…”Girls who have formed vicious habits are apt to indulge in the practice of self-abuse at night when going to bed. If there is cause for suspicion, the bedclothes should be quickly and suddenly thrown off under some pretense”.

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Sex=The Unknown Quantity

Sex=The Unknown Quantity

Ali Nomad (Alexander J. Mcivor-Tyndall)

‘A new and startling interpretation of the meaning, scope and function of sex as seen and interpreted from the inner or cosmic standpoint. A work that should revolutionize the thought of today in its relation to the vital mystery of sex in all its aspects. It presents a practical solution to the sex problems of everyday life.’

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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…

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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…

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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 sexual identities, widespread acceptance of trial and open relationships, and the amelioration of…

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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…

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The Mimes of the Courtesans

The Mimes of the Courtesans

Lucian

Living at the height of the Roman Empire, Lucian wrote these short dialogues of working girls competing for clients, dishing gossip and candid tips of the trade, men trying to keep their girls’ attention with expensive gifts. It also portrays the dark side of the hetaera’s life: out-of-control parties, blowhard men, and putting up with rough treatment by clients. This translation was published during the 1920s…

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Sexual Life of Primitive People

Sexual Life of Primitive People

S. Herbert

From the Preface : To most lay people the established order of sex relationships and marriage seems something so self-evident and stable that they cannot conceive the possibility of a variation in the established order. Yet here, as in all things, the law of evolution applies. Our sexual system is the outcome of a long continuous series of changes beginning with the very dawn of human history. To understand the modern sex problem…

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The Perfumed Garden of the Shaykh Nafzawi

The Perfumed Garden of the Shaykh Nafzawi

Richard Francis Burton

This book presents opinions on what qualities men and women should have to be attractive, gives advice on sexual technique, warnings about sexual health, and recipes to remedy sexual problems. It also has a section on the interpretation of dreams, and briefly describes sex among animals. Interspersed with these there are a number of stories which are intended to give context and amusement.

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Male Continence

Male Continence

John Humphrey Noyes

Published in 1872, this is more of a pamphlet than a book. The author discusses the benefits of sex without ejaculation, without really realising that he is talking about tantric sex. A little bit of information on John Humphrey Noyes; he founded a religious community in New York which, as well as advocating the whole tantric sex thing, also favoured polygamy.

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