Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-273) and index.
The original sex patent -- America's assault on the solitary vice -- The war on wet dreams -- The evolution of vaginal machinery -- The Victorian era of contraception -- The rubber revolution -- Erector rings -- Penile splints -- The bionic penis -- Who really invented the bra? -- The industrialization of the breast -- Artificial breasts and the silicone nightmare -- Anti-rape technology -- Mechanical stimulators -- Coital harnesses and sex furniture -- Exercisers and monitors -- Safe sex inventions for the age of AIDS.
Part I: Being sexual -- And then I was born -- Our levels of sexuality -- Intimacy is personal -- To be human is to be lonely sometimes -- "Columns" and "reservoirs" -- Interlude -- Part II: ... And celebate -- Hidden and forbidden -- Labels and judgements -- Intimacy within community -- Intimacy beyond my community -- Belonging uniquely to God.
Provides thoughful presentations on what, for most people remain unexamined assumptions. Urges readers to seriously examine their own experience of being sexual and not fear its mystery and to recognize the necessity for intimacy in their lives. Reflects on the role of intimacy within religious communities and the fraternity of priests, and its role byond community.