A Brief History of Oral Sex

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About the Book

The ancient Greeks and Romans considered it degrading to both parties yet depicted it prolifically in art and literature. The Early Christian Church called it “the worst evil,” punishable by seven years of penance and fasting (murder was one year). Nearly all of the 13 original American colonies had laws against it—except Georgia. A Victorian handbook for young brides advised how to “dampen his desire to kiss in forbidden territory.”
Attitudes about oral sex have varied through the centuries and across cultures—a death sentence in some nations, a religious practice in others. This book explores its history as well as its impact on world events.

About the Author(s)

David DePierre is a college professor in New Jersey, teaching courses on American history, Asian history, and anthropology. He has previously written books on military history, Chinese history, and the role of disease in history.

Bibliographic Details

David DePierre
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7126-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3027-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface  1

Introduction  3

1. Sex in the Ancient World  11

2. The Greek and Roman World  27

3. The Middle Ages  51

4. From Asia to the Americas  67

5. 15th to 17th Century Europe  83

6. 18th and 19th Centuries  103

7. 20th Century  127

8. The Normalization of Oral Sex  158

Conclusion  172

Chapter Notes  177

Bibliography  185

Index  189

Book Reviews

“traces the history of oral sex, with emphasis on the overall view of the practice by various cultures and anecdotes that show times when it altered the history of people or nations”—ProtoView.