The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex: How to Have Safe, Fun Sex in the 90s

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Winks and Semans, managers of a San Francisco adult ``toy'' store, Good Vibrations, describe in this well-written, just-right-for-browsing compendium many of the sexual pleasures and practices some people--straight or gay--may want to know more about. But this is not an ordinary ``how to have better sex'' manual. Instead, it focuses on the importance of fantasy and on many props--``sex toys''--frequently glossed over in other similar books. For the simply curious or the sexually adventurous, the authors describe these toys. They also offer a cornucopia of advice and information gathered from interviews about sexual practices. An in-depth chapter on preventing AIDS is included, along with an extensive shopping guide, a list of erotic videos and a bibliography. Some readers may be repelled reading about S/M practices, power games and body piercing--or by the strong emphasis on the pleasure and ``popular mechanics'' of sex, rather than romance. But even those not inclined to follow authorial suggestions may find this work an excellent opportunity to look behind the closed doors of other people's bedrooms. (July)
Library Journal
Wink and Semans, both saleswomen at the San Francisco sex information and toy store called Good Vibrations, have used their experience dealing with customers' questions and concerns to provide advice on the correct and safe use of sexual devices. Addressing a broad audience-heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, single, partnered, pregnant, disabled-the authors offer chapters on how to incorporate these devices into a wide range of sexual activities. With an emphasis on safe sex throughout the book, readers may find this book's focus particularly relevant in light of the growing concern over sexually transmitted diseases. Related consumer information, a chapter on the sex toy industry, and a list of resources and a bibliography and videography on human sexuality are all included. Libraries that find a demand will want to include other sex manuals such as Miriam Stoppard's The Magic of Sex (Dorling Kindersley, 1992), which covers sexual activity without using sexual devices. Recommended for adult human sexuality collections in both academic and public libraries. (Index not seen.)-Dana L. Brumbelow, Auburn P.L., Alabama
CiP has the subtitle How to Have Safe Sex in the 90s. The publisher's title continues Tips and Techniques from the Folks Who Run America's Favorite Sex Toy Store. Published by Cleis Press, PO Box 8933, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939416837
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 260

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