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The Pleasure Police

Shaw, David

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ISBN 10: 0385475683 / ISBN 13: 9780385475686
Published by Doubleday, 1996
Condition: Collectible: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Pleasure Police

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible: Very Good

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The reading public seems to have an insatiable appetite for books pointing out the annoying and infuriating in American life--from The Death of Common Sense to In Defense of Elitism to I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional. The Pleasure Police, David Shaw's wickedly gleeful defense of good sex, good booze, good food and a good cigar, should hit the same nerve.
Why, Shaw wonders, are so many people hell-bent on ruining the pleasures of everyone else? The religious right thunders on about what consenting adults do in the bedroom; the feminist left wants to make flirtation a crime; hysterical health advocates warn against eating anything except tofu and kale; a tidal wave of repressive antismoking laws is passed based on extremely dubious secondhand smoke research; charlatan diet gurus use guilt and quackery to create a forty-billion-dollar-a-year industry; total strangers feel free to comment on the alcohol content of their fellow diners' beverages.
Shaw takes after these zealots with gusto, wit, and just the right bit of malice. In his view life is a feast, not an endurance test, and he takes great glee in mocking out the absurdity and self-righteousness of the crusades of the pleasure police.
The Pleasure Police is the book to be read while sipping an icy cold martini.


Whew. Just when the religious right and alarmist left were closing in ever so smugly with an overload of everything--and they do mean everything--gives you cancer, makes you fat or is immoral, David Shaw rescues us with a well-researched defense of pleasurable activities. As Shaw, the media critic for The Los Angeles Times, quotes a sociologist friend, "Don't people realize every scientific study shows that the single best thing you can do for your health is have fun?" Apparently not, as Shaw points out with an investigation into our Puritanical past, the excesses of the 1960s and the contradictions of living in fear during our current improved standard of living. The bottom line? Relax and enjoy.

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