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Barry Reay
The University of Auckland

Barry Reay is a professor of history at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His latest book, together with Nina Attwood and Claire Gooder, is Sex Addiction: A Critical History (2015).

Written by Barry Reay

Essay/
Gender and identity
A handy history

Condemned, celebrated, shunned: masturbation has long been an uncomfortable fact of life. Why?

Barry Reay