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By Jonathan Margolis | Comments: ( 335 ) | Date: ( Dec 09, 2019 )

In 1558 an anatomist called Columbus discovered the clitoris, and so a whole new world of sexual pleasure began to be opened up and it was a steady progress that culminated in the present Golden Age That at least is the official history Here Jonathan Margolis produces evidence to show that in Europe and America progress was extremely slow whilst in other places the secIn 1558 an anatomist called Columbus discovered the clitoris, and so a whole new world of sexual pleasure began to be opened up and it was a steady progress that culminated in the present Golden Age That at least is the official history Here Jonathan Margolis produces evidence to show that in Europe and America progress was extremely slow whilst in other places the secrets of the orgasm created almost unimaginable worlds of pleasure The book will draw on orgasm s biology, anthropology, psychology, technology and sociology The orgasm was revered in ancient societies, but by the 13th Century modesty ruled St Francis of Assisi would throw himself into a thorn bush to disguise unwanted erections and avoid all possibility of orgasm Victorians still regarded the female orgasm as a form of hysteria women were treated for hysteria and, by the 19th century, were strongly advised against riding bicycles for this reason In Edwardian Britain and America, vibrators were routinely advertised in the respectable women s magazines as a form of handy household appliance Margolis considers the revival of open, public interest in sex in the late 1950s, and the effect of the Pill, feminism and Viagra on the state of the orgasm in the 21st century.


  • Title: O: The Intimate History of the Orgasm
  • Author: Jonathan Margolis
  • ISBN: 9780099441557
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Jonathan Margolis

Jonathan Margolis is a journalist for The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times UK He has been a contributor to Time as well as several other online magazines He has written several celebrity biographies including ones on John Cleese, Uri Geller and the orgasm.



Comments O: The Intimate History of the Orgasm

  • Evan

    HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! (I took a long time on this, but it's densely packed with info and I wanted to take it slow; I like to take it slow, if you know what I meanheh)I mean this book is like the WHOLE HISTORY OF SEX, not just orgasm. It's so detailed and comprehensive and fascinating. I may have to buy this one as a shelf reference.------40 years ago there was a book by a Dr. David Reuben, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask" (subsequently a Woody Allen film)We [...]


  • Sarah

    So, I bought this book despite having the feeling that it was going to be "pop-sexuality"d boy, was I right. The author is a journalist, not a trained historian, or even a sex-researcher. His book is filled with poorly-researched historical tidbits, random assertions, and worst of all, "facts" that are often blatantly wrong - or simply ludicrous. And while he has an extensive bibliography in the back of the book, he fails to cite even one single "fact" from within his text.Honestly, the followin [...]


  • Kate

    Highly recommended for sex nerds like myself.It starts out a wee bit dry (how is that even possible?!) but by the time you get to the chapter about different sexual cultures around the world, you'll be absolutely fascinated.Margolis has put together a surprisingly comprehensive history of not just orgasms, but sex, gender, politics, religion, & how all these work together to form the great big beautiful mess that is our current view of sexuality.One of his key theses - the idea that testoste [...]


  • Anita

    I gave up on page 12 at the end of the first chapter. This book was so poorly written, so dry, so academic, that I couldn't bear to waste my time reading more. I'm sure there's a fascinating history buried in these 400 pages, but I can't think of England long enough to get through the experience of reading it.


  • Mehrnaz Memar

    I could only read 4 or 5 chapters of it because I had to come back to China (I had borrowed it from the Canadian public library!). Obviously I could not find such book here because "sex" has been a forbidden subject here for decades! It sounds quite scientific and amusing. You would not get bored if you are interested in History.


  • Marie

    Ugh, what a snore. Tons of weird spelling mistakes, confusing and convoluted sentences, and a general disconnected and random feeling throughout.


  • Jane Night

    What I liked- This book was so fun to read. It looked at orgasms physiologically, socially, and historically. For instance, did you know that studies have shown semen is actually addictive to some women? How about that it is really hard to have sex in the missionary position in zero gravity? And, many cultures throughout history have believed that women are more sexual then men (which I have been saying for years!).Overall, informative, fun, and an easy read. If you are looking for a serious boo [...]


  • Veronica

    The culture and knowledge of sex has progressed and regressed throughout history. Margolis uses mythology and research to discuss the orgasm, which is often misperceived due to reluctance by many to have a frank discussion about it.Beginning as a (largely unauthorized) celebrity biographer, Margolis was shunned for his work by many of the celebrities about whom he wrote. So, while it is understandable that he would decide to take a break from getting glared at by the glamorous, I am interested i [...]


  • Lia

    clearly written by a dudeh.


  • Dilara Alp

    The book is quite informative in terms of the comparative approaches to sexuality and female, male orgasm throughout the history in different cultures. However, This is not an academic research. Certain definitions might be generalizations of the author. Nevertheless, There are good references made to studies and researches and it gives a good introduction to most of the figures who habe devoted time to this field.


  • Noel

    Fascinating, but what about sex isn't? Bought it for my reference shelf as it's so well researched and annotated.


  • The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health

    The culture and knowledge of sex has progressed and regressed throughout history. Margolis uses mythology and research to discuss orgasm, which is often misperceived due to reluctance by many to have a frank discussion about it. The book is organized in historical order, and does not limit itself to the last few centuries of North America. Knowledge of modern tribes is used for guesswork on orgasms in the BC, and texts such as the Kama Sutra are explored for information on orgasms in other count [...]


  • Bryn

    On the whole, quite an interesting book. There's no original research here, but some very intelligent collating of material from front line researchers in the field. Inevitably, the bias is towards more recent history, which we know more about. I appreciated the inclusion of material that wasn't anglo-centric, that was good. I found Margolis' speculations about pre-history a bit pointless, because he seemed to assume everything then was much as it has been since, despite how many changes in atti [...]


  • Frank Jude

    Okay, this is one hell of an interesting book! The sheer quantity of facts and factoids, the minutia of sexual behavior, beliefs, mores and norms across the globe and throughout history is nearly overwhelming! And Jonathan Margolis is an excellent guide, with a wit that helps one digest the weight of information herein.From the Preface:"More than a hundred million acts of sexual intercourse take place every day, according to the World Health Organization Calculations would suggest, then, allowin [...]


  • Danika

    This book was painfully hard to get through due to its repetetive nature, sometimes unnecessary foolish commentary and ridiculously long sentences. I had to sit and re read a whole sentence just to figure out what the author was trying to state due to the unnecessary longwinded writing style; some sentences formed whole paragraphs. There was a lot of information packed into it too and at times I did enjoy some of the information that I wasn't familiar with already.


  • Elia

    I've returned this to the library (from whence most of my books come), but look forward to checking it out again sometime and reading more. This is definately not a book that needs to be read start to finish, although that might be fun too!


  • Jennifer

    Loved reading it. Read it for a review that's available online. With the history and science aspects as well as the psychological and pop culture references it's an awesome read for anyone interested in sexuality.


  • Possum Paderau

    After seeing several factual errors in the first twenty pages and realizing that the "biblography" was mostly websites, I decided to put this book down and am resisting a strong temptation to burn it.


  • Jessica

    Somewhat problematic when it comes to the author's editorializing about whether women require love in order to orgasm, but generally a good overview of the current literature and history of the orgasm.


  • Monica

    Just bought this book for a dollar. We'll see


  • Raj

    Good read so far!


  • Greg

    A few entertaining facts, but this one was not as good as I expected.


  • John Hawkins

    I found this a quick satisfying read. Afterward I put it on my nightstand, rolled over and went to sleep.


  • Becca

    great stuff. . .talks about how male pleasure is primary and female pleasure is dependent on men's ejaculation.


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