This book combats the current state of censured sexuality through the promotion of self-acceptance.
Library JournalFirst published in 1958, Sex Without Guilt remains uncomfortably pointed, with 90-year-old Ellis, a psychologist and author of at least 70 books about sex or Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), still ahead of the sexual revolution. He convincingly maintains, alas still accurately, that Americans feel guilty, conflicted, fearful, and irrational about sex. A more rational view, he writes, aims for responsible and long-range hedonism, with tolerance for "petting," nonmarital sex, sex without love, and pluralistic attitudes. Certain activities can needlessly harm self or others, so people had best consider rational consequences and change behavior without guilt and self-damning. Judicious (although occasionally incomplete) updates and several new chapters incorporate gays and lesbians, plus modern examples, sources, and updated REBT approaches for making sexual choices and decisions. Downgrading "demands" to "desires" is REBT's prescription for a better life: it is musturbation, not masturbation, that leads to misery. Ellis's revised classic will introduce REBT to readers yet unaware of its uses in reducing anxiety and promoting clearer thinking about complex sexual issues, including adultery and impotence. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Martha Cornog, Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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