Manhood: The Rise and Fall of the Penis

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The ancient Greeks paraded enormous sculptural replicas in annual celebration of the penis; Freud theorized that women suffered penis envy. An undeniable global symbol of power and virility since the beginning of humankind, the penis has been much discussed and depicted, yet its place in folklore and popular culture past and present remains an uneasy mix of deprecation and aggrandizement. And despite the penis's crucial role in human life, or perhaps due to that role, many men seem to suffer in isolation or silence from some perceived inadequacy or affliction.

That's where experienced urologist and sexologist Mels van Driel comes in. In Manhood he offers an unprecedented history of the penis and testicles -- with answers to everything you ever wanted to know, and even to some questions you've probably never thought to ask. This book is the past and present of the male sexual organ from medical, psychological, cultural and anecdotal perspectives. Investigating the penis and its functions, from the scrotum to the glans, the author ranges from circumcision to infertility, and from impotence to the speed of ejaculation. Psychological factors that have an impact on sexual experience, as well as contemporary phenomena such as cyber sex, are given enlightening treatment along the way.

With much insight and a lot of good humour, Mels van Driel offers diverse and instructive examples. This informative guide is not just a book for men, but for women too -- in fact it is for anyone curious to discover the facts and hard science behind the many myths and stories of the rise and fall of the penis.


Condition: Pre-loved book. Minor yellowing of pages; book jacket torn. Otherwise in good condition.

Format: Hardcover
Year published: 2009

Pages: 288
Imprint: Reaktion Books

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