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

From The Secret Companion by R J Brodie London, 1845. Photo by Wellcome Images

Virtues and vices
A handy history

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

Barry Reay