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Eric Berkowitz
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Eric Berkowitz is a writer, lawyer and journalist. He is the author of Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire. He has a degree in print journalism from University of Southern California and has published in The Los Angeles Times and The Los Angeles Weekly, and for the Associated Press. He was an editor of the West Coast's premier daily legal publication, The Los Angeles Daily Journal. He lives in San Francisco.

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Sex and Punishment: 11 of the Most Outrageous Cases of Sex Being Criminalized Throughout History

(66) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 9:38 AM

Sex and Punishment did not start out as a project about sex. My initial, admittedly overambitious, goal was to write a narrative history of the law using colorful cases as examples. I decided to start with the oldest written laws in existence and take it from there. I...

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Sex Law History: 11 Ways You Could Be Punished For Your Desire

(98) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 8:29 AM

While the human needs for food, water and shelter can easily be met, the craving for sex is never fully satisfied. Even St. Augustine, who saw the sex urge as divine punishment for Adam and Eve's original sin and regarded the genitalia as satanic monsters, knew that he was helpless...

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