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By Jerry Hopkins

"Tiger penis soup? Rhino horn at the oyster part shell? supply me a break!" So says bestselling writer Jerry Hopkins as he meets the folk, visits the areas, and "road tests" dozens of Asia's preferred aphrodisiacs within the first definitive survey of the region's most sensible and worst "turn-on's."

Expanding the standard definition to incorporate creams in addition to potions, intercourse toys and aromatherapy, track and therapeutic massage, unique Asian trust structures, pornography and numerous surgeries, he travels from his domestic in Bangkok to Tokyo, Jakarta, Hong Kong and Kathmandu looking for the region's most fun pick-me-ups. alongside the way in which, he discovers that Asia was once first within the improvement and prescription of aphrodisiacs, first in pornography and intercourse toys, and primary in breast and penis enhancement surgery.

In this exhaustively researched and infrequently hilarious research of a subject matter that has held the realm enthralled for millions of years, the writer discovers that Asia has been-and nonetheless is-in the lead in terms of the promise of sexual enhancement. And to his shock, he additionally reveals a number of issues that paintings.

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Those realities are theorized as not sui generis but as the result of causal mechanisms. I will now attempt to show how conventional materialist epistemology has severe limitations, particularly in its more positivist representation. Here I will attempt to indicate that a creative, historical materialist approach transcends rigid theories of causality and moves towards a reflexive and dynamic form of political economy explanation. As will be argued below, for example, the concept of mechanical causality is inconsistent with historicism, since historicism is concerned with explanation, rather than causality.

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