Sex Myth by Brooke Leigh Magnanti
Why Everything We're Told Is Wrong

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Magnanti's critique of the puritan ideology that still surrounds sex is a timely, persuasive read.


Is there any truth to the epidemic of sex addiction? Are our children really getting sexualised younger? Are men the only ones who like porn? Brooke Magnanti looks at all these questions and more - and proves that perhaps we've all been taking the answers for granted. Brooke Magnanti is no stranger to controversy. As Belle de Jour she enthralled and outraged the nation in equal measure. Now her real identity is out in the open, Brooke's background as a scientist and a researcher can come to bear in her fascinating investigation into the truth behind the headlines, scandals and moral outrage that fill the media (and our minds) when it comes to sex. Using her entertaining and informed voice, Brooke strips away the hype and looks at the science behind sex and the panic behind public policy. Unlike so many media column inches, Brooke uses verifiable academic research. This is fact, not fiction; science not supposition. So sit back, open your mind and prepare to be shocked...

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Dr Brooke Magnanti is a science researcher who studied Genetic Epidemiology at master's level and did her doctoral studies with the Department of Forensic Pathology at the University of Sheffield. Her professional interests include population-based research, standards of evidence, and human biology and anthropology. In 2009 it was revealed that she is an ex-call girl and author of the bestselling Belle de Jour series of memoirs, which were adapted into the ITV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl starring Billie Piper. You can find Brooke online at, on Twitter and, or follow her adventures in baking at
Published April 1, 2012 by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson. 272 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Catherine Hakim on Apr 14 2012

Magnanti's critique of the puritan ideology that still surrounds sex is a timely, persuasive read.

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