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2001; The Free Press publishers; hardback; very good condition of book and dust jacket.


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A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis is a non-fiction book by New York-based columnist and author David M. Friedman that details the history of the human penis.


The book is set up in different time periods, beginning with Mesopotamia and ending with current Western beliefs about the male sex organ, ranging from being considered divine to being hidden. Two of the major focuses of the book are Sigmund Freud's sexual theories and the erection industry such as Viagra. In the descriptions of how different religions have treated human penes, Friedman said that Christians started the trend of not liking the portrayal of the male sex organ. There is a chapter about pseudoscientists who try to link penis size to race, while the last chapter of the book only focuses on the erection industry. Marcelle D'Argy Smith of the New Statesman said that the book has a mix of "sex, death, torture, self-destruction, heroes, villains, love, drugs, money and high-tech machinery."


A MIND OF ITS OWN, A Cultural History of the Penis by David M. Friedman

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