04/11/2012 12:03 pm ET

Sex's First Revolution

The roots of our (generally) open attitude to sex lie not in the '60s but the 1760s, says Faramerz Dabhoiwala, the historian and author of "The Origins of Sex," who explores this earlier sexual revolution through its literature.

There can't be many Oxford academics who can say that reading one of their books can improve your sex life -- but you have.

I didn't say that! To the best of my recollection, what I said was: "I wish I could say that reading my book could improve your sex life." I suspect that when [The Guardian] printed it, they abbreviated that a little. I would be delighted if it were the case.

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