Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror

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Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror is a funny and frightening look at the attitudes towards masturbation throughout history and how they have affected the sex lives of anyone living and breathing today. The French biologist, Tissot, was the original spoil-sport who turned masturbation into the scourge of young men everywhere. Saying that a little self-induced pleasure caused wasting, insanity, and finally death, Tissot put the clamps (literally, in some cases) on the greatest relaxation inducer known to humankind. From Tissot's work to the punitive postures of the German courts to the surgical preventatives of continental Europe and England to the handbook of the Boy Scouts of America, spanking/wanking, yanking/choking, and other assorted diddling became the big no-no. Stengers and Van Neck give us the whole story and it isn't pretty, but it will fascinate everyone who agrees with Woody Allen when he said "Hey, don't knock masturbation! It's sex with someone I love."

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Jean Stengers is Professor of History at the University of Brussels.

The late Anne Van Neck was a Master of Research at the University's Institute of History.

Kathryn Hoffmann, University of Hawaii, is the author of Society of Pleasures.

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Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders was fired for suggesting that schools teach about masturbation. Why? The story goes back to 1700 and a quack's tome titled Onania. The ensuing snowball of medical and social horror about solo sex reached its greatest mass about 1800-80 then slowly began to melt in reaction to medical and sociological evidence. Yet traces of the terror remain. Belgian historians Stengers and Van Neck tell the story with relish and exhaustive references, attempting to make some sense of what may have been a historical fluke. While the history of masturbation has been updated somewhat since the 1984 original publication of this work in French, Stengers and Van Neck's chronicle draws together many sources unavailable in English. It's also a good read. This work belongs in academic and large public libraries, necessarily those with collections in the history of science and medicine. Smaller public libraries and lay readers might consider Edward Rowan's The Joy of Self-Pleasuring (LJ 5/1/00), which covers historical aspects of masturbation in much less detail. Martha Cornog, Philadelphia
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