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For decades, news outlets have described sexual misconduct by prominent men, ranging from indecent exposure and molestation to spousal abuse, rape, and murder. And while social movements have empowered women to add their stories to these headlines, so much inappropriate sexual behavior happens below the radar and is treated as natural, normal, or is excusedbecause boys wil For decades, news outlets have described sexual misconduct by prominent men, ranging from indecent exposure and molestation to spousal abuse, rape, and murder. And while social movements have empowered women to add their stories to these headlines, so much inappropriate sexual behavior happens below the radar and is treated as natural, normal, or is excusedbecause boys will be boys, or worse, she asked for it. In Erection, author David Thomas narrates his young, repressed childhood and the pattern of thinking with his crotch that haunted his life. After growing up trying to sexually escalate every interaction with a woman, David finds himself the teenage husband in a shotgun marriage that would last twelve years and produce two daughters he adores and abandons. Then divorcing his first wife for a trophy wife and a decade of sexual pleasure, Davids life would spiral into addiction and pain that wounded everyone the marriages touched. It would be only after his second divorce crippled his son when David would discover the right role for passionate sex in an intimate relationship. Erection is a story of the human damage ordinary men create when they follow their hormones and their cultures permission to pursue aggressive sexual activity unreflectively and to avoid at all costs reflecting on and communicating about their sexuality.


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For decades, news outlets have described sexual misconduct by prominent men, ranging from indecent exposure and molestation to spousal abuse, rape, and murder. And while social movements have empowered women to add their stories to these headlines, so much inappropriate sexual behavior happens below the radar and is treated as natural, normal, or is excusedbecause boys wil For decades, news outlets have described sexual misconduct by prominent men, ranging from indecent exposure and molestation to spousal abuse, rape, and murder. And while social movements have empowered women to add their stories to these headlines, so much inappropriate sexual behavior happens below the radar and is treated as natural, normal, or is excusedbecause boys will be boys, or worse, she asked for it. In Erection, author David Thomas narrates his young, repressed childhood and the pattern of thinking with his crotch that haunted his life. After growing up trying to sexually escalate every interaction with a woman, David finds himself the teenage husband in a shotgun marriage that would last twelve years and produce two daughters he adores and abandons. Then divorcing his first wife for a trophy wife and a decade of sexual pleasure, Davids life would spiral into addiction and pain that wounded everyone the marriages touched. It would be only after his second divorce crippled his son when David would discover the right role for passionate sex in an intimate relationship. Erection is a story of the human damage ordinary men create when they follow their hormones and their cultures permission to pursue aggressive sexual activity unreflectively and to avoid at all costs reflecting on and communicating about their sexuality.

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    This should have been a diary and not a book. Some things don't need to be said out loud. I gave it 2 stars for effort. Thanks to Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. This should have been a diary and not a book. Some things don't need to be said out loud. I gave it 2 stars for effort. Thanks to Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

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