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This is Eisler's most stunning, far-reaching,
and practical gift - both to readers and a world that must change or perish.

~ Gloria Steinem

Sacred Pleasure
Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body

New Paths to Power and Love

By Riane Eisler

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Sacred Pleasure













Eisler is one of the great seers of our time. This extraordinarily powerful and beautiful book will stand as one of the epic works of our generation.

~ John Robbins author of Diet for a New America.

"Candles, music, flowers, and wine-these we all know are the stuff of romance, of sex, and of love. But candles, flowers, music, and wine are also the stuff of religious ritual, of our most sacred rites. Why is there this striking, though seldom noted, commonality?"

~ Chapter One

Sacred Pleasure explores the past, present, and potential future of sex. It looks at both sex and the sacred in the larger context of our cultural and biological evolution. It demystifies much in our sexual history that has been confusing, indeed often incomprehensible, shedding new light on matters still generally shoved under the rug of religious dogma or scientific jargon. It shows that the struggle for our future is not just political in the conventional sense of the word, but revolves around fundamental issues of pain and pleasure. Above all, it helps us better understand -- and thus break free of --the agonies we chronically suffer in our search for healthier and more satisfying ways of living and loving. With Eisler's hallmark bravado and insight, Sacred Pleasure ignites a brand-new sexual revolution.


~ New York Times

More important that Simone de Beauvoir's Second Sex. A political, economic, and spiritual springboard representing a great leap forward for humanity. This book is remarkable for its impassioned pursuit of justice for women, children and men-moving the discussion and understanding of what is required to address human rights to a new height.

~ Mara Lynn Keller, PhD, Director of Women's Spirituality Program, California Institute of Integral Studies

Eisler's visionary, passionate scholarship is a revealing psychosexual exploration of love and power relations.

~Publisher's Weekly


Sacred Pleasure is Riane Eisler's masterpiece. . .Enjoy the author's burning mind and seductive evocations. You will never be the same.

~Jean Houston, author of A Mystic Life



Everything you have always wanted or should have wanted to know about sex-and about love, pain, pleasure, spirituality, and society. . . .A monumental opus: fascinating and important.

~ Ervin Laszlo, author of The Choice: Evolution or Extinction



I devoured Sacred Pleasure with great interest, mortification a what men have done to women, and hope. The last chapter ends on a powerful note. This work will, like The Chalice and the Blade, perform a profound service to humanity.

~Walter Wink, Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Auburn Theological Seminary, author of Naming the Powers



Dazzling in its vision and piercing in its social critique, Riane Eisler's Sacred Pleasure convinces the reader to reconceptualize not only sex and the sacred, but power and life itself.

~Mary Elizabeth Perry, Professor of History, Occidental College , Research Associate, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies



A startling book, a passionate indictment of contemporary sexual politics. An essential guidebook.

~Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology, SUNY; author of Against the Tide


Bold and provocative. . . A joy. This world will welcome it.

~Bishop John Shelby Spong, author Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalists