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Starting from Foucault's premise that sexuality, culturally specific thinking about sex, deeply influences how sex is actually practiced in various societies, this book describes how--in some Western, Eastern, and Oceanic cultures--religious thought has influenced sex. The chapters on Western, Indian, Tantric, and Chinese Taoist approaches are descriptive rather than prescriptive, with the author first presenting and then critiquing them. The author saves the "how-to" dimension for the final chapter, when discussing teachings derived from observing romance in some South Pacific cultures. It was in the book's Japanese translation, that these teachings really caught fire as a new member of the already popular Slowness Movement. When Buddhist Hiroyuki Itsuki, a renowned Japanese writer and Buddhist scholar, read Energy and Eros and wrote two volumes based on it, the Polynesian love craze was born in Japan. Celebrities began promoting this way of slow loving, and the head of Japan's family planning association, Kunio Kitamura, chimed in, recommending it to Japanese couples for more meaning on the mattress. In Kitamura's words, "Polynesian sex. . . .involves taking a long time . . .and. . . allows energy in the form of weak electromagnetic waves, similar to the concept of ki to flow, building up to create large waves that encompass the entire body and bring enormous pleasure and happiness."Both Itsuki and Kitamura recognized, as did much later, Peggy Orenstein, that contemporary sexuality has been appropriated by the porn industry: and that subsequently relations between lovers have become dictated and devalued by the tone and imagery pumped into the media by that industry. Itsuki and Kitamura, however, also recognized in the teachings on South Seas sexuality as presented in Energy and Eros, a tranquil, natural, and physically and spiritually passionate alternative: an antidote to the increasing acceleration in every realm of human life. This alternative is based upon the truth that the ability to do less is contained, always already, within the ability to do more. It is not surprising that the Japanese were the ones to fully appreciate these teachings, because their culture has been deeply influenced by the Chinese concept of wu wei "effortless action," which inspired, for instance, judo: literally the "easy way." Doing less to accomplish much more. Just as the author critiques some aspects of Tantra and Taoist sexuality, after Itsuki and Kitomura's writings encouraged lovers to embrace the South Seas teachings in Energy and Eros, this volume became more than a mere book. It became a quiet revolution against a ubiquitous, dehumanizing, and hyper-imagistic sexual culture.Review:
"This method involves taking a long time to thoroughly touch each other and increase arousal across the entire body. This allows energy in the form of weak electronic waves similar to the concept of "ki" to flow, building up as they do so to create large waves that encompass the entire body and brings about enormous pleasure and happiness." ~ Dr. Kunio Kitamura, head of Japan's family planning association, as quoted in Gaijinpot
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Book Description William Morrow & Co, U.S.A., 1985. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Brand new perfect first edition clothbound hardcover in fine jacket. Book is in perfect pristine clean tight crisp new unread unused condition. The cover is so tight it feels like no one has ever even opened the book to look at it. Jacket looks like new but has light general sunning and some shelf wear along the edges, with one tiny closed tear at the top front edge near the spine, and the beginning of chips along the bottom edge of spine. These have been repaired and reinforced with acid free tape. Please note that previous owner was a collector who carefully reinforced the interior edges of the dust jacket with what appears to be archival tape to prevent shelf wear. Superb collector's GEM!!. Seller Inventory # 046772
Book Description William Morrow & Co, 1985. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M068802811X