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…

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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 specifically at preventing the separation of a husband and wife. This work is often…

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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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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…

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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 to prevent reckless procreation and raise spiritual awareness. Chapters include, Creative Energy, Attainment…

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The Karezza Method

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 in either partner while making love. Karezza gained its name from Alice Bunker Stockham…

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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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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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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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