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Aphrodisiacs and Anti-Aphrodisiacs: Three Essays on the Powers of Reproduction
  • Bandtyp: Häftad
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Utgiven: 201403
  • Antal sidor: 152
  • Vikt i gram: 277
  • ISBN10:149617948X
  • ISBN13:9781496179487

Aphrodisiacs and Anti-Aphrodisiacs: Three Essays on the Powers of Reproduction


Aphrodisiacs and Anti-Aphrodisiacs - Three Essays on the Powers of Reproduction - With some account of the judicial "congress" - As Practised In France During The Seventeenth century - By John Davenport An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire. The name comes from the Greek, aphrodisiakon, i.e. "sexual, aphrodisiac", from aphrodisios, i.e. "pertaining to Aphrodite", the Greek goddess of love. Throughout history, many foods, drinks, and behaviors have had a reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable. However, from a historical and scientific standpoint, the alleged results may have been mainly due to mere belief by their users that they would be effective (placebo effect). Some purported aphrodisiacs gain their reputation from the principles of sympathetic magic. Some psychoactive substances such as alcohol, cannabis, methaqualone, GHB and MDMA can increase libido and sexual desire. However these drugs are not aphrodisiacs in the strict sense of the definition, as they do not consistently produce aphrodisiac effects as their main action and often actually impair function (hence, Shakespeare's famed statement that alcohol "provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance". Nonetheless, these drugs are sometimes used to increase sexual pleasure and to reduce sexual inhibition. Anti-erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra and Levitra, are not considered aphrodisiacs because they do not have any direct effect on the libido, although increased ability to attain an erection may be interpreted as increased sexual arousal by users of these drugs.

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