To order a copy go to guardianbookshop. The point is made: if anybody could have seen this as exploitation, everybody could have. In her conclusion, Lister describes in passing the difficulties of building a historically accurate portrait of sex, when you have the testimony of the church but not of the sex worker, the chronicles of the courts but not of the adulteress. Perhaps beneath the rich history of centuries of prejudice, outlined by Lister, in which women were denied sexuality even while they were accused of voraciousness, there has been a competing truth that freedom is, itself, arousing. Not wanting to get bogged down in detail, Lister tells the less curious history — the workaday business of dates, laws, events — in rather broad terms. T his book contains, as the title promises, many delightful curiosities.