The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution
Faramerz Dabhoiwala is lecturer, tutor, and Senior Fellow in Modern History at Exeter College, University of Oxford, and is a member of the Royal Historical Society.
- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199892415
- ISBN-13: 978-0199892419
A man admits that, when drunk, he tried to have sex with an eighteen-year-old girl; she is arrested and denies they had intercourse, but finally begs God's forgiveness. Then she is publicly hanged alongside her attacker. These events took place in 1644, in Boston, where today they would be viewed with horror. How--and when--did such a complete transformation of our culture's attitudes toward sex occur?