The Politics of Lust

Sex is one of the great joys of life, satisfying to the body, sublime to the soul. No wonder that most of us say that we relish erotic experience.
But when we examine our sexual psychology with a careful eye, we will find a reservoir of fear. Eroticism secretly disturbs us. Yet the existence of this pervasive sexual anxiety is not widely recognized.
The Politics of Lust exposes our hidden sexual malaise and the fascinating subliminal system that breeds it in the minds of millions of people. The challenging ideas set out in this book will give you a radical new perspective on your sexuality and your society.

Praise for The Politics of Lust

The Journal of Sex Research

Publishers Weekly

"Makes you question where your habits and beliefs really come from."
Susan Reynolds
Los Angeles Times

"A compelling and important work."
Dan Hays
Statesman Journal Salem, OR

"Give it a read. Its really worth it."
Daniel Richler
Richler Ink, Book Television

"A remarkable contribution to the literature of both politics and sexuality."
Jeffrey J. Douglas, Attorney
Chair of the Board of Directors of the Free Speech Coalition and Chairman Emeritus of the First Amendment Lawyers Association

"The Politics of Lust should convince any rational, reasonable, patriotic American jury that cultural and mental rigidity and the growing influence of erotophobia pose an increasing threat to our democratic way of life."
Robert T. Francoeur, Ph.D.
Editor, The Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality

"Ince delivers his message in a logically beautiful form that is simultaneously simple, without being simplistic, provocative, without being pandering, and powerful, without being preachy."
Donald L. Mosher, Ph.D.
Past President, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

“A fascinating easy and enjoyable read...I would recommend
it most highly."
Vern L. Bullough, Ph.D., D. Sci.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, State University of New York
Professor Emeritus, California State University, Northridge

"Terrific book...If only everyone would read this book, our society would mature sexually a
dozen fold."
Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., porn star turned sexologist

"If you seek a challenging new perspective on sex in our culture, this book will
reward you.”
Joani Blank, founder: Down There Press and Good Vibrations sex shops

"Calmly argued and curiously persuasive..."
Moses Znaimer, CityTV

"One enlightening book...I loved it."
Sue Johanson Sunday Night Sex Show

"Controversial? Yes, but he's got a point."
Marianne Meed Ward Toronto Sun

"I found the book tremendously enjoyable and helpful in my practice. In handling cases involving sexually-oriented material on a regular basis, it was read this insightful, realistic exploration of the human psyche’s response to erotic stimuli."
Lawrence G. Walters U.S. civil rights attorney -

"Challenged some of my views and given me a fresh perspective on my private and commercial experiences of sexuality."
Seska, sex writer, activist and performer

"Exceptional reading for those who find the subject of sexuality big, bold and beautiful."
Jonni O'Connor Ph.D., author and therpaist

"Very interesting, really challenges your thinking about the way sex is viewed in our society, even to I as a sexologist"
Dr. Laurie Betito Passion Radio

"He makes a convincing argument that society maintains unrealistic belief systems to keep us all uptight around our sexuality. The result is we turn into easy-to-govern, docile citizens."
Trina Read Calgary Herald

"For the sexy smarty-pants on your list, I recommend The Politics of Lust."
Josey Vogels, My Messy Bedroom

"Ince argues that our cultural obsession with sex actually indicates a deeper fear of our own sexuality."
Leah McLaren Globe and Mail

“Ince writes how our attitudes toward lust, sex and sexuality shape our lives. Not sexual lives. Lives.”
Lisa Fitterman Montreal Gazette

"John Ince argues that our culture fears sex because we put control ahead of pleasure."
Paul Gallant Xtra

Full reviews and more reviews here.

Introduction cont'd (p. 9-12)

Copyright © 2003 John G. Ince

Sex and Politics are Linked

One macro social force lurks behind the three causes of erotophobia: hierarchy, a power structure based on a pecking order of status divisions. It is found both in personal relationships and social organizations. The final chapter examines the fascinating coexistence of hierarchy and erotophobia.

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