A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis

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Whether enemy or ally, demon or god, the penis is much more than a body part. Here, in an enlightening and entertaining cultural study, is a book that puts into context the central role of the penis within Western civilization. Deified by ancient pagan cultures and demonized by the early Roman church, the penis was later secularized by pioneering anatomists such as Leonardo da Vinci. After being measured 'scientifically' in an effort to subjugate some races while elevating others, the organ was psychoanalysed by Sigmund Freud. Now, after being politicized by feminism and exploited in countless ways by pop culture, Friedman shows how the arrival of erection industry products such as Viagra is more than a health or business story. It is the latest chapter in one of the longest sagas in human history: the story of man's relationship with his penis.

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'Friedman proves - with wit and learning - that our most significant organ is the one below the belt, not the one above the neck.' Independent 'A Mind of its Own is educational and entertaining by virtue of an amazing amount of information gathered from a wide range of mythical medical, cultural and scientific, historical and humorous sources.' BMJ 'A Mind of Its Own is fascinating - in other words, as powerful and intriguing as an erection.' --Guardian

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David M. Friedman has written for Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, Vogue and many other publications. He lives in New York City.

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