What is a brief analysis of The Routledge History of Sex and the Body: 1500 to the Present?

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The Routledge History of Sex and the Body: 1500 to Present explores the widely debated subject of human sexuality throughout modern history. Attitudes and beliefs surrounding human sexuality have changed drastically over time and differ across cultures. For example, the appropriate ages during which to experience sexual interactions have changed drastically over time. In particular, more modern researchers investigate the sexual activity that is occurring among the elderly population in developed countries. The human body itself has undergone a transition as well from once being examined only by those in the medical profession to now being exploited in various media platforms.

This publication also examines the body from a more scientific perspective, discussing how the understanding of hormones at various stages of the life cycle determine bodily functions and responses. The various attitudes over time about the purpose of sex are examined as well. Examples from texts of the past express how sex was accepted as a necessity for procreation rather than pleasure. Several of these texts provide advice for how a woman should receive a man and his body in order to engage in sex. Modern researchers explore and dive deeper into the human body and its inner workings to express a change in cultural norms and values. Sex in many cultures is now understood to express intimacy and to experience pleasure. Thus, a great deal of research has shifted to focus on teaching men and women about the body's capacity for pleasure.

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