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When it was published in 1977 The Joy of Gay Sex became not only an immediate bestseller but also a classic, one of the touchstones of the emerging gay consciousness. Since then, as homosexuality has gradually been assimilated into American society, it has become more viable to come out and live openly as a gay man. Gay couples are now more visible in public and in the media. Some cities now include gays and their spouses in health insurance, domicile agreements, and other benefits. And more gays are adopting and...
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When it was published in 1977 The Joy of Gay Sex became not only an immediate bestseller but also a classic, one of the touchstones of the emerging gay consciousness. Since then, as homosexuality has gradually been assimilated into American society, it has become more viable to come out and live openly as a gay man. Gay couples are now more visible in public and in the media. Some cities now include gays and their spouses in health insurance, domicile agreements, and other benefits. And more gays are adopting and raising children. At the same time, the gay community has undergone a great transformation as a result of the AIDS epidemic, which has killed tens of thousands and made sex literally a matter of life and death. An authoritative new guide, reflecting all these changes, was clearly long overdue.

Dr. Charles Silverstein, a noted psychologist who has worked with gay people for more than two decades and who co-authored the original The Joy of Gay Sex, has now collaborated with critically acclaimed novelist Felice Picano on the long-awaited The New Joy of Gay Sex - and they've made it the essential reference book for every gay man. The New Joy of Gay Sex maintains the original book's positive, affirming attitude toward gay men's sexuality and daily lives.

Invaluable as a resource, in building self-esteem, and as a coming-out guide for young gays, The New Joy of Gay Sex updates all the essays of its predecessor and includes many new ones. The book has three goals: to educate gay men about safe sex and to save lives by showing the varieties of sexual behavior still available; to address the many emotional and relationship-oriented issues thatarise in gay life, such as long-term couples, one-night stands, loneliness, depression, and growing older; and to serve as a general home reference on a number of diverse topics - from living wills to a short history of condoms. With eight color paintings and fifty line drawings by noted illustrators Deni Ponty and Ron Fowler.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060924386
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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A sixteen-year-old entered the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Boston. He had heard that gay men met there, and wanted to meet one and learn how to have gay sex. He was a beginner at cruising, but he picked it up quickly and within a couple of hours he was lying next to a man in a hotel bed, after having the first sex of his life. "That man was wonderful," he said many years later. "He was so patient with me."

When they said good-bye, the man gave the boy some money. The youngster didn't understand why, and was, in fact, quite upset. He was terrified that his parents would find the money and ask embarrassing questions. He decided to get rid of the cash by placing it in an envelope and mailing it to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

A week later, he returned to the bus terminal, and at the end of the day he mailed another envelope to the museum. And the next, and the next, and so on. The museum officials never knew who sent them all those anonymous cash contributions.

Sitting around the dinner table one evening years later, Ed White and Charles Silverstein, the authors of this book's first edition, listened to this story told by a friend. They went on to discuss their own youthful fears and yearnings.

The authors of the first edition agreed that The Joy of Gay Sexshould be the kind of book our friend needed when he was younger; the book would be the perfect companion, one that would inform, be permission-giving, and describe sex as accurately as possible. They obviously had to talk about coming out and lovers, but also about friendship, civilrights, rejection, loneliness, depression, and venereal diseases. In the end, the book contained more nonsexual essays than specifically sexual ones, and might better have been entitled The Joy of Gay Life.

In 1977 the straight world was not ready to accept an open celebration of gay sex, and the book encountered antisexual, homophobic resistance. French customs had the book shredded; the British burned it. Although the book was translated into French and sold in Quebec, only a few smuggled copies circulated underground in Paris. No English publisher was brave enough to issue it in the United Kingdom.

There were many attempts to suppress it. The Winnipeg police raided a local bookstore on the complaint of a woman who claimed to have mistakenly picked up The Joy of Gay Sexthinking it was Joy of Cooking. She said she was shocked by the pictures. The affair was obviously a put-up job. The charges against the bookseller were dropped after a defense committee composed mostly of local college students publicized the actions of the police.

In Hamilton, Ontario, the book was removed from the McMaster University bookstore and transferred to the medical bookstore, as a result of a complaint by an anthropology professor who said of its illustrations: "I've never seen anything to equal them. They are definitely the most disgusting things I've seen on sale anywhere."

This sparked a heated controversy about free speech and censorship. The president of the university stepped in, announcing that moving the book "struck at the very nature of the university as a centre for free inquiry." He then ordered that it remain in the medicalbookstore.

Canadian customs had seized a shipment of The Joy of Gay Sexbecause of its pictures and descriptions of anal intercourse. At the Toronto trial, Silverstein testified for the defendant, the Glad Day Bookshops. Her Majesty's Customs Officer maintained that pictures or descriptions of anal intercourse were prohibited. Under cross-examination, he asserted that a book's artistic, cultural, or educational value was "none of my business."

On March 20, 1987, Judge Ronald Hawkins ruled: "To write about homosexual practices without dealing with anal intercourse would be equivalent to writing a history of music and omitting Mozart."

Despite Judge Hawkins's decision, the Glad Day Bookshops continued to be harassed by customs authorities. Jearld Moldenhauer, owner of Glad Day Bookshops in Toronto and Boston, has been one of the unsung heroes in the fight against censorship. He stood alone, with little in the way of funds, against the might of the Canadian government.

In the United States, the book created a furor. At the time Anita Bryant was raging against homosexuality. Many bookstores, fearful of offending customers, kept the book out of sight. To buy it, you had specifically to ask for it. Nonetheless, some bookstores boldly carried the book and displayed it prominently.

The reaction of the gay community to The Joy of Gay Sexwas electric. The information was pertinent, the tone just right, and the illustrations both sexy and accomplished. If Joyhad been merely a pornographic book, it would probably have escaped the censors' notice, as so many pornographic books do: It would only have reaffirmed the prevailing heterosexual belief that gay life consists of sexual contacts but lacks love, affection, and the desire to build a caring community. Joyhelped to instill pride and to encourage community-building in the gay world.

A little over a year ago, we were contacted by the owner of a bookstore in the Pacific Northwest. He was looking for copies of The Joy of Gay Sexand was surprised to find it was unavailable. Dismayed, he wrote: "This book shouldn't be out of print. People are coming out all the time. And especially now, more than ever, there's a real need for it."

More than ever. Since the first edition of Joy,AIDS (or HIV Disease) has become a terrifying fact of life. We had watched so many friends and colleagues die of this dreadful disease that we wondered if gays really wanted a revision of the book, or whether it would only serve as a reminder of the sadness and mourning that have afflicted the gay community...

The New Joy of Gay Sex. Copyright © by Charles Silverstein. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2003

    This book is soo informative

    I would recommend this book to anyone that is gay but doesn't know how they want to come out. It helps you step by step in the coming out process and also helps the people you are coming out to to fully understand your position. I give this book two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2001

    Great Title

    This is a wonderful book. I am interested in this topic, and I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    All a man needs to know to please another man

    I think that this book is all what the headline says it is. This book should be on every gay man's to get list because it not only tells about all the great ways to make gay sex fun, erotic and sensual, it shows it along with the wonderful illustrations.

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