Monday, June 2, 2014

Between the sheets: top 10 most provocative books out this month

The best books on sex, sexuality, and gender (re)released this June

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

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Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (6/17/2014)
by David Boies

Redeeming the Dream is the story of how David Boies and Theodore B. Olson—who argued against each other all the way to the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore—joined forces after that titanic battle to forge the unique legal argument that would carry the day. As allies and not foes, they tell the fascinating story of the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry, from Proposition 8’s adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land in Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013.

The Orgasmic Effect: A Practical Guide to Using Your Sexual Energy in Your Daily Life
 (6/25/2013)
By Tat O'Per

To access and switch on your Orgasmic Energy keeps your body energized on the mental emotional and physical levels. It's the most direct way to empower yourself on all levels and give yourself that feeling of well being on a daily basis. Reading this book will provide you with many insights for a more energized healthy and successful you. Will give you tips on maintaining a great body and considerably slow the aging process.

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The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge (6/19/2014)
by Donna J. Drucker

Alfred C. Kinsey’s revolutionary studies of human sexual behavior are world-renowned. His meticulous methods of data collection, from comprehensive entomological assemblies to personal sex history interviews, raised the bar for empirical evidence to an entirely new level. Drucker presents an original analysis of Kinsey’s scientific career in order to uncover the roots of his research methods. She describes how his enduring interest as an entomologist and biologist in the compilation and organization of mass data sets structured each of his classification projects. As Drucker shows, Kinsey’s lifelong mission was to find scientific truth in numbers and through observation—and to record without prejudice in the spirit of a true taxonomist.

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Cuffed, Tied, and Satisfied: A Kinky Guide to the Best Sex Ever (6/17/2014)
by JAIYA

If you’ve ever fantasized about being taken by your man, dreamed of playing with handcuffs, ropes, and paddles, or been turned on by the thought of wickedly wielding power over your lover, you’ve found the right book! Sexologist and author Jaiya will be your Mistress in this fun-to-read handbook that will transform your sex life. CUFFED, TIED, AND SATISFIED leads the kink novice and pro alike on a shame-free personal journey to sexual empowerment, including your full plan for safely playing on the edge, setting boundaries, and communicating with your partner about your deepest, darkest, untapped desires. 

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The Secret Life of Love and Sex: Making relationships work and what to do if they don't (6/27/2014)
by Terence Watts

Just as a relationship needs love and sex to nurture it, so there are times when lies and secrets are necessary too. Some people seem to be able to get the balance just right without really trying very hard at all, while others never do seem to ‘get it’. Yet it’s an easy trick to learn and here’s your chance, because all these things and lots more are covered in vivid detail: Why personality matters and how to work it out; Understanding the amazing differences between men and women; How to get off to a good start; How to get back on track when things go wrong; Dealing with sexual difficulties - easily; Handling a break up by taking charge and ending it elegantly.

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Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves (6/2/2014)
by Peipei Qiu

Chinese Comfort Women features the personal narratives of twelve women forced into sexual slavery when the Japanese military occupied their hometowns. Beginning with their prewar lives and continuing through their enslavement to their postwar struggles for justice, these interviews reveal that the prolonged suffering of the comfort station survivors was not contained to wartime atrocities but was rather a lifelong condition resulting from various social, political, and cultural factors. In addition, their stories bring to light several previously hidden aspects of the comfort women system: the ransoms the occupation army forced the victims' families to pay, the various types of improvised comfort stations set up by small military units throughout the battle zones and occupied regions, and the sheer scope of the military sexual slavery-much larger than previously assumed. The personal narratives of these survivors combined with the testimonies of witnesses, investigative reports, and local histories also reveal a correlation between the proliferation of the comfort stations and the progression of Japan's military offensive.

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Sexing the Media: 'How and Why We Do It (6/15/2014)
by Debra L. Merskin

We know that advertising, television, cinema, and other forms of communication use sex to sell us products and pump up story lines. The question is: why are sex and sexuality such effective tools for getting our attention? This book explores answers to this question through historical, sociological, psychological, and ideological perspectives. It explores how media and other social institutions use sex and sexuality (the capacity to have erotic experiences and responses) to advance economic and ideological interests. Cinema, music, music videos, television programs, advertising, and the Internet are discussed as carriers of deliberately constructed messages that contribute to and support a master narrative that privileges heterosexuality and monogamy. This interdisciplinary text includes contemporary case studies as examples that would be useful in courses in media, cultural studies, sociology, and psychology.

Sex, Gender and the Sacred: Reconfiguring Religion in Gender History (6/3/2014)
by Joanna de Groot (Editor)

Sex, Gender and the Sacred presents a multi-faith, multi-disciplinary collection of essays that explore the interlocking narratives of religion and gender encompassing 4,000 years of history. Features new research in religion and gender across diverse cultures, periods, and religious traditions. Presents multi-faith and multi-disciplinary perspectives with significant comparative potential. Offers original theories and concepts relating to gender, religion, and sexuality. Includes innovative interpretations of the connections between visual, verbal, and material aspects of particular religious traditions.

Conflicted Identities and Multiple Masculinities: Men in the Medieval West (6/4/2014)
by Jacqueline Murray (Editor)

Conflicting Identities and Multiple Masculinities takes as its focus the construction of masculinity in Western Europe from the early Middle Ages until the fifteenth century, crossing from pre-Christian Scandinavia across western Christendom. The essays consult a broad and representative cross section of sources including the work of theological, scholastic, and monastic writers, sagas, hagiography and memoirs, material culture, chronicles, exampla and vernacular literature, sumptuary legislation, and the records of ecclesiastical courts. The studies address questions of what constituted male identity, and male sexuality. How was masculinity constructed in different social groups? How did the secular and ecclesiastical ideals of masculinity reinforce each other or diverge?

The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime (6/11/2014)
by Rosemary Gartner (Editor)

Research on gender, sex, and crime today remains focused on topics that have been a mainstay of the field for several decades, but it has also recently expanded to include studies from a variety of disciplines, a growing number of countries, and on a wider range of crimes. The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime reflects this growing diversity and provides authoritative overviews of current research and theory on how gender and sex shape crime and criminal justice responses to it.

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