The Art of Lovemaking: An Illustrated Tribute

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This treasure for couples combats the taboos perfading sexual intimacy by presenting lovemaking as healthy, natural, tender, romantic, wholesome, fulfilling and joyfula tribute to the goodness of sex, incorporating world-class art, poetry, and commentary.

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Explanation of why I wrote a sex book
Much of the sexual material distributed today is crude, vulgar and offensive to people of taste. This plays into the hands of religious bluenoses who think sex is "dirty" and seek to censor it. I sought to show that sex can be lovely and poetic, nothing to feel shame about - and the best example of this outlook is found in private depictions of lovers by world-class artists through the centuries. Thus, in this book, I tried to repudiate both vulgar pornographers and puritanical censors, and show a wholesome alternative.

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According to a 1992 World Health Organization report, more than 100 million couples throughout the world make love on any given day. Every moment, lovers are locked in passion, compelled by a natural urge driving all peoples in all centuries. And yet this same natural desire has all too often been regarded as a dangerous force and even branded as obscene. Religious taboos have tainted sex with guilt and punishment. Earlier in this century, artists could be imprisoned for portraying sex. Today, despite two decades of easing restrictions on sexual expression and greater freedom for the practice of non-traditional lifestyles, religious fundamentalists and other extremists seek to turn back the clock, advocating prosecution of any whom they regard as sexually subversive or exploitative, and recommending strict censorship of artistic or literary expressions of erotic emotion. The Art of Lovemaking: An Illustrated Tribute is a spirited rebuttal to those crying for renewed censorship. In this sumptuous volume, James Haught brings together the works of many modern and classic artists to show that the depiction of love and desire is not only alive and well but an important theme in art, both in the East and West, throughout the ages. While styles differ and artistic conventions vary, the same message shines through: that love is beautiful and therefore ought to be looked at and enjoyed, not regarded as shameful. The Art of Lovemaking, intended for the private pleasure of adult couples, may be perused solely for its sensual loveliness. But its purpose is also to refute three unhealthy calumnies: the puritanical axiom that sex itself is dirty, the ultrafeminist contention that any portrayal of sexdegrades women, and the vulgar notion that reduces all erotic art to the level of pornography. These fallacious views must retreat before the simple honesty of major artists depicting lovers as affectionate equals. In his superb introduction, Russell Vannoy discusses various philosophical and cultural approaches to sexuality and the problems of trying to formulate a single, hence exclusive, definition of sexual love.

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