Perv

  • by Jesse Bering
  • Narrated by Jesse Bering
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking argument that perversions are more common than we think, from everyone’s favorite provocateur.
In his eye-opening new book, Perv, the award-winning columnist and psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. As Bering takes us into the lives of a woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others, he challenges us to move beyond our judgments and attitudes toward "deviant" sex and consider the alternative: What would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accepted our true natures?
With his signature wit and irreverent style, Bering pulls back the curtains on the history of perversions, the biological reasons behind our distaste for unusual sexual proclivities, and the latest research on desire. Armed with reason, science, and an insatiable appetite for knowledge, he humanizes deviants while asking some very provocative questions about the nature of hypocrisy, prejudice, and when sexual desire can lead to harm.
A groundbreaking look at our complex relationship with our carnal urges and the ways in which we disguise, deny, and shame the sexual deviant in all of us, Perv brings our hidden desires into the light.

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Customer Reviews

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Fun. But, the only tool is a hammer and every problem is a nail

Fun, witty, and a book worth listening to.

The only problem is with some of the science. He's a psychologist and he approaches every idea from that point of view exclusively. No multi-disciplinary approach.

He talks about the human body sexual adaptations. But, leaves out the anthropological differences between how an agrarian culture and a nomadic culture behaves.

He talks about the psychological theories of the nature of trans people. But, he completely leaves out the ton of anatomical medical imaging studies and genetic studies strongly pointing to a physiological/neurological/genetic cause of the condition.

You just can't approach these subjects without acknowledging and actively using other relevant fields of research.

Worth a read. Take with a grain of salt.
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- Gerald Keyser

Entertaining, cadence a bit tough and very good

Would you consider the audio edition of Perv to be better than the print version?

Probably not. It is read by the author. He is a scientist and rushes through many concepts. It is dense in some sections and light in others. I think it is probably better read than heard.


What other book might you compare Perv to and why?

Not sure there is a comparison. It's is pretty unique.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Generally yes. There were places it felt too quick.


What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I found the fact that women's arousal and sexual functioning aren't connected in order to protect their internal organs fascinating. He lays out a variety of paraphelias that I'd never heard of and why we need to be more tolerant of them. He also makes a great case for defining pedophelia better so we can actually distinguish between the many different kinds of pedophiles and protect those who are most vulnerable and have much more sensible laws around the subject.


Any additional comments?

I think his summary on this topic is a must read for anyone interested and we should be incorporating this into our curriculum in schools to dispel stigma, reduce harm and help to educate folks about some of the more marginalized sexual minorities out there.

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- Megan Dawson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2013
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio