Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

by Jesse Bering
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Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us by Jesse Bering

"As a sex writer, Jesse Bering is fearless—and peerless." —Dan Savage

"You are a sexual deviant. A pervert, through and through." We may not want to admit it, but as the award-winning columnist and psychologist Jesse Bering reveals in Perv, there is a spectrum of perversion along which we all sit. Whether it's voyeurism, exhibitionism, or your run-of-the-mill foot fetish, we all possess a suite of sexual tastes as unique as our fingerprints—and as secret as the rest of the skeletons we've hidden in our closets.

Combining cutting-edge studies and critiques of landmark research and conclusions drawn by Sigmund Freud, Alfred Kinsey, and the DSM-5, Bering pulls the curtain back on paraphilias, arguing that sexual deviance is commonplace. He explores the countless fetishists of the world, including people who wear a respectable suit during the day and handcuff a willing sexual partner at night. But he also takes us into the lives of "erotic outliers," such as a woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower; a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins; those with a particular penchant for statues; and others who are enamored of crevices not found on the human body.

Moving from science to politics, psychology, history, and his own reflections on growing up gay in America, Bering confronts hypocrisy, prejudice, and harm as they relate to sexuality on a global scale. Humanizing so-called deviants while at the same time asking serious questions about the differences between thought and action, he presents us with a challenge: to understand that our best hope of solving some of the most troubling problems of our age hinges entirely on the amoral study of sex.

As kinky as it is compassionate, illuminating, and engrossing, Perv is an irresistible and deeply personal book. "I can't promise you an orgasm at the end of our adventure," Bering writes, "but I can promise you a better understanding of why you get the ones you do."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374230890
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jesse Bering is the author of The Belief Instinct and Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? His writing and research have appeared in Slate, Scientific American, New York magazine, Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, and The New Republic, among other publications, and have been featured by NPR, Playboy Radio, and more. Bering is the former director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen's University, Belfast, and began his career as a professor at the University of Arkansas. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
This non-fiction book is basically a study of the range of human sexuality. It attempts to explain by scientific means the nature of human sexual desires. Sexuality isn’t as black and white as simply being straight or gay. It is a complicated issue. It’s interesting to see some of the experiments that have been conducted and the information that has been gathered. Some of it is disturbing, but it shines a light on realities that need to be examined and understood as best we can. Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”
GinnyMariee More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking. A very intelligent argument with witty humor and complete honesty. I am so happy with my purchase! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The way to elightenment is education; eduation in ALL things. If one is secure in ones own skin there is nothing to fear in self examination. Explore. Grow. Discover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting read if you are a fan of psychology and deviant sexuality. Humorous and pretty light hearted. I liked the first half but the second half kinda dragged on but overall I enjoyed most of it. Not for everyone lol pg-15. 3 outta 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I thought that, despite its title, it would be a serious examination of the gender spectrum and show that there's no such thing as a "normal" man or woman, but that both sexes distribute themselves along a continuum of sexuality. But the anecdotal examples make the book sort of a snickering version of Psychopathia Sexualis. It's interesting in a prurient way, and maybe the title is appropriate, but I could only read about the first half before I realized the book is more like Ripley's Believe It or Not than a serious look at gender differences.