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Radio Curious continues our conversation about the struggle to regulate the most powerful engine of human behavior-sexuality-with Eric Berkowitz, the author of “Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire.”
In part two we discuss the issues of young women having sexual relationships with considerably older men; the intention and effect of religion in relationship to sex; and same-sex intimacy.
Barry Vogel, Attorney and Counselor is the Host and Producer of Radio Curious. Christina Aanestad is the Assistant Producer.
We continue our conversation about sexuality with Eric Berkowitz, author, journalist and lawyer.
His book, “Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire” is a story of the struggle to regulate the most powerful engine of human behavior. This engine that drives the human species is substantially different in us than in other mammals. In our million years of evolution, physically and socially we have developed the ability to communicate ideas and the expected, if not “required” behaviors of women and men and children regarding sexual thought, expression and procreation. The history of these ever changing definitions and controls of this fundamental aspect of our lives are visited in this two part series of conversations with Eric Berkowitz, recorded in the Radio Curious studios on December 29, 2012.
Part One discusses the effect the topic of sex has on other people; the development of laws dealing with adultery and women as property; enjoyment of sex; and the way humans dress compared to other animals.
Part Two discusses the issues of young women having sexual relationships with considerably older men; the intention and effect of religion in relationship to sex; prostitution; and same sex intimacy.
The books Eric Berkowitz recommends are “Nemisis,” by Philip Roth, “Love and Exile: An Autobiographical Trilogy,” by Issac Bashevis Singer, and "Jerusalem: The Biography," by Simon Sebag-Montefiore.
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