A History of Celibacy

A History of Celibacy

Book - 1999
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First time in paperback: "An ambitious and wide-ranging history" (The New Yorker) of 3000 years of celibacy, from the vestal virgins of Rome to contemporary athletes
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : HarperCollins, c1999.
ISBN: 9780002557351
Characteristics: 559 p. ;,24 cm.


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FindingJane Jun 23, 2016

Celibacy is not a theme much touched on in modern times. While some scholastic institutions advocate teaching teenagers abstinence, it is not necessarily synonymous as virginity. Celibacy can be for someone who has had tons of sex or none at all and the reasons are as varied as the people who make them. Celibacy—not merely a matter for the people in the clergy—is explored in this book throughout history and between the sexes. As a matter of sexual, moral, political interest, the author of this book left no stone unturned inher exploration of this peculiar subject. A most beguiling subject.

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