The Sex Myth

The Sex Myth : Why Everything We're Told is Wrong

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Is there any truth to the epidemic of sex addiction? Are our children really getting sexualised younger? Are men the only ones who like porn? Brooke Magnanti looks at all these questions and more - and proves that perhaps we've all been taking the answers for granted.Brooke Magnanti is no stranger to controversy. As Belle de Jour she enthralled and outraged the nation in equal measure. Now her real identity is out in the open, Brooke's background as a scientist and a researcher can come to bear in her fascinating investigation into the truth behind the headlines, scandals and moral outrage that fill the media (and our minds) when it comes to sex.Using her entertaining and informed voice, Brooke strips away the hype and looks at the science behind sex and the panic behind public policy.Unlike so many media column inches, Brooke uses verifiable academic research. This is fact, not fiction; science not supposition.So sit back, open your mind and prepare to be shocked...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 24mm | 381.02g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0297866397
  • 9780297866398
  • 308,767

About Brooke Magnanti

Dr Brooke Magnanti is a science researcher who studied Genetic Epidemiology at master's level and did her doctoral studies with the Dept of Forensic Pathology at the University of Sheffield. Her professional interests include population-based research, standards of evidence, and human biology and anthropology. In 2009 it was revealed that she is an ex-call girl and author of the bestselling Belle de Jour series of memoirs, which were adapted into the ITV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl starring Billie Piper.https://twitter.com/bmagnantishow more

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an enlightening must-read for anyone exposed to the press -- Abby O'Reilly * THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * there is a lot to admire in The Sex Myth.. should be read by anyone claiming an interest in sex and, especially, sex equality" -- Katie Law * EVENING STANDARD * An important book... exactly the kind of level-headed analysis that could help to dispel some of the hysteria surrounding the sex industry -- Suzi Godson * THE TIMES * She accomplishes this heroic task with humour, skill and passion in a book that is as entertaining as it is erudite -- Catherine Hakin * THE OBSERVER *show more

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Is there any truth to the epidemic of sex addiction? Are our children really getting sexualised younger? Are men the only ones who like porn? The Sex Myth looks at all these questions and more - and proves that perhaps we've all been taking the answers for granted. Brooke Magnanti is no stranger to controversy. As Belle de Jour she enthralled and outraged the nation in equal measure. Now her real identity is out in the open, Brooke's background as a scientist and a researcher can come to bear in her fascinating investigation into the truth behind the headlines, scandals and moral outrage that fill the media (and our minds) when it comes to sex. It's time to strip away the hype and look at the science behind sex and the panic behind public policy. Follow the money trail rather than the scare stories and ask yourself, what's the truth about sex?Sit back, open your mind and prepare to be shocked... Find out more at www.sexonomics.co.uk or follow @bmagnanti on Twitter. [Include thumbnails of previous Belle book covers] www.orionbooks.co.ukshow more

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She accomplishes this heroic task with humour, skill and passion in a book that is as entertaining as it is erudite Catherine Hakin THE OBSERVER 20120415show more

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