Mathew Kuefler has created a unique sourcebook that crosses all continents and transcends historical periods. Ancient, medieval, and modern voices from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas offer their opinions on topics from love and marriage to patriarchy and censorship while excerpts from religious, legal, political, and poetic texts comment on sex and human existence. Sappho, Mencius, Jesus, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick all have their say on sex and desire. Roman emperors, Hindu mystics, geishas, Nazis, and the Kinsey Report are all represented in this first of its kind collection. A truly stimulating array of documents relating to all aspects of sexuality.
Thoughtful commentary, questions for discussion, and recommended further readings accompany each excerpt. The Sourcebook also includes 24 black and white illustrations and an index.