The Mouth & Oral Sex. Paul ABLEMAN.
The Mouth & Oral Sex.


The Mouth & Oral Sex.

London: Christopher Kypreos/Running Man, 1969. First edition. Cream boards. 200pp. + bibliography + index. Illustrated.

"The first comprehensive survey of orality. Its two-fold aim is to examine the influence of the human mouth on many different aspects of our culture, and to guide the reader into areas of sexual experience which, despite the arrival of the Permissive Society, have remained almost as unchartered as they were in the Victorian era" (jacket blurb).

Chapter headings include "Medical-Sexual Considerations of Oral Love Technique", "The Homosexual Mouth", "Drug Stimulation & Compulsion" (includes a short section on 'The Naked Lunch'), "Oral Sexual Deviations & Perversions", and "Aphrodisiacs & Erotogenic Magic".

The book's publication provoked an obscenity case, contested by Jeremy Hutchinson QC, who had earlier represented Christine Keeler, and would later defend Howard Marks, though both the book and its author were acquitted. Famously, the judge asked defence witness Margaret Drabble why anyone needed to read about oral sex, since "We have managed to get on for a couple of thousand years without it", a statement Hutchinson mocked in his closing speech: "Poor His Lordship! Poor, poor His Lordship! Gone without oral sex for 1000 years."

Very Good plus in dw.

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