A Curious History of Sex by Kate Lister

Genre: nonfiction
Secondary genre: sex and gender
CW: language, sexual content, female genital mutilation, discussions of rape
Rep: African, Asian, 1st nations, sex workers

I loved this book. Just going to put that right here. Beginning to end, cover to cover, it was perfection.

Lister covered views on sex, sexual health, and gender the world over, discussing everything from how it is celebrated in some cultures to how others have tried to control and destroy it. She looks at how sex is used to empower and liberate, and also to enslave. From toys to treatments, prostitutes to prophylactics, she covers the world over.

Each chapter is packed with images, footnotes, and links to further reading. And on top of having first rate research to back everything up, her writing is just hilarious. Well, it’s hard to take things too seriously when you’re talking about dildos, right?

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about gender sexuality and how it is viewed through history, or anyone who thinks they should be able to tell someone else what to do or not do in their own bedroom.

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