From the Publisher
"Speaking as someone who was named after a saint who chose to die rather than give up her virginity, I can relate to The Catholic Girl's Guide to Sex. I wish this guide had been around when I was in high school! I went to Catholic school for eleven years and I'm telling you, The Catholic Girl's Guide to Sex is one funny, sexy book."
Barbara Keesling, author of The Good Girl's Guide to Bad Girl Sex.
"When I was growing up Catholic I recall that two of the great mysteries of Catholic life were: "What is the third secret of Fatima?" and "Do Catholic girls do it?" Of course I wasn't sure what "it" was. Thank heaven for Melinda Anderson and Kathleen Murray; a couple of very now Catholic girls not afraid to be funny, honest, and sexy. And you thought Bridget Jones had problems?”
Richard Glen Michael Davis, co-author of Growing Up Catholic
"A very funny and dirty book, and shockingly comprehensive. (You might have to issue it with a plain brown wrapper!) I had no idea that Catholic girls had THAT much guilt to deal with; until I read The Catholic Girl's Guide to Sex, I thought Jewish girls were the guiltiest."
Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook
“Wish I’d read this sooner.”
Cynthia Rowley, fashion designer and author of SWELL: A Girl's Guide to the Good Life
If you can dig through the heavy sarcasm, there's some good information buried in The Catholic Girl's Guide to Sex, a very funny, brazen and irreverent guide by Melinda Anderson and Kathleen Murray. They lay out the Roman Catholic Church's position-uh, no pun intended-on birth control, chastity, reproduction, sex education and The Deed, which includes an "everything but" section detailing all manner of foreplay. Oh, and don't forget guilt, which features prominently throughout. The book is hilarious, aided by terrific cartoon illustrations by Alli Arnold and side items such as pop quizzes, "roving reporter" interviews with all kinds of Catholics and lists, lists, lists. One section explores the "pros and cons of a Catholic partner," helping readers choose between the "I Might Have a Calling" Catholic, the "Super Guido" Catholic, and the "A-Little-Too-Irish" Catholic. This book is sure to offend just about everybody and does so with style. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Read an Excerpt
Bachelorettes don't have to be Catholic to feel an occasional twinge of concern when their love lives get too lively—but it helps. Catching the wave of popular titles for the fabulous young female, The Catholic Girl's Guide to Sex brings a litany of laughter to the bedroom, especially if the female involved has a hang-up or two. Hip and humorous, this saucy little catechism covers such burning concerns as:
• Exceptions to the sexual accounting rules (sex with an ex, an atheist, or a Protestant doesn't count; neither does drunk sex, or really, really bad sex)
•The scale of sin, from impure thoughts to dirty deeds
•Choosing between hormones and Him
•Etiquette tips for the confessional
•How to face Dad at Sunday dinner after a hot-and-heavy weekend
•The marriage bed: a blessed haven?
With witty drawings and steamy true-life tales, The Catholic Girl's Guide to Sex makes a wholly entertaining gift. This handy reference manual is destined for cocktail tables—and bedside tables—coast to coast.
Twenty-somethings MELINDA ANDERSON and KATHLEEN MURRAY are freelance writers and editors and, of course, Catholics. They live in New York City.