Sexy Origins and Intimate Things: The Rites and Rituals of Straights, Gays, Bi's, Drags, Trans, Virgins, and Others

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Has there ever been a gay pope? What is history's first love poem? Why do men have nipples? How did "drag" come to mean cross-dressing? Who was the first prostitute? At what age does a man's penis stop growing? Do female animals have orgasms? How long have people been giving the finger? Charles Panati explores hundreds of racy and "unmentionable" subjects, including words, practices, and taboos. Obsessed with getting to the root of things, Panati reveals facts that will surprise...
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Overview

Has there ever been a gay pope? What is history's first love poem? Why do men have nipples? How did "drag" come to mean cross-dressing? Who was the first prostitute? At what age does a man's penis stop growing? Do female animals have orgasms? How long have people been giving the finger? Charles Panati explores hundreds of racy and "unmentionable" subjects, including words, practices, and taboos. Obsessed with getting to the root of things, Panati reveals facts that will surprise even the most informed reader.
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Discusses the etymological and/or historical origins of a variety of taboo words and practices. Slang words for male and female genitalia, and for various sex acts themselves, are discussed, as well such topics as the sociological development of gender roles, the development of gay culture, and the history of the brassiere (which, typical of the author's exhaustive approach, even stops to explain the origins of the word "silicone"). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140271447
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    Everything you wanted to know about sex, but didn't know where to find the answers.

    I've used the information from this book to wow my friends and embarass my parents. It's well written and informative. The book is so interesting that when I loaned it out, I never saw it again.

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