Riddles of Eros: Exploring, Sex, Psyche and Culture / Edition 1

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This book is a brief reconnaissance of certain frontiers in our understanding of sex and the relation of the sexes. The scope of inquiry includes both the biology of desire and its distortion by psychological repressions and cultural taboos. The author presents new interpretations of sexual rhythms, menstrual restrictions, the female orgasm, sex and spirit- possession, and the Freudian theory of sublimation and culture. Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Concealment of Fertility; Rhythms of Female Libido; Menstruation, Castration Anxiety, and Vagina Envy; The Myth of the Insatiable Woman; The Function of the Orgasm; Eros, Sublimation and Culture; References Cited; Index.

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David Forrest
It is refreshing to have a contribution from an anthropologist...who can bring a pan-cultural erudition to a discussion of sexual arousal that includes the relevant biological and psychodynamic theories. The result is a briskly readable 95 pages of text that could bring any student of psychiatry up to speed...
Ashley Montagu
...an immensely interesting treatment of a subject which has challenged some of the greatest minds of our time, no less than the relation between sex, psyche, and culture. Manson brings a new perspective to understanding of the arcane relationships which characterize this complex. The result is a highly readable and illuminating exploration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819193704
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William Manson is Lecturer in Social Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers University. He is the author of The Psychodynamics of Culture (1988).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Concealment of Fertility 1
2 Rhythms of Female Libido 17
3 Menstruation, Castration Anxiety, and Vagina Envy 31
4 The Myth of the Insatiable Woman 47
5 The Function of the Orgasm 63
6 Eros, Sublimation and Culture 81
References Cited 97
Index 115
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