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The ultimate guide to lovemaking

The uninhibited bestseller that has sold more than 8 million copies since its first publication in 1972 is now updated and revised for a new generation. As captivating and provocative as ever, and filled with illustrations, The Joy of Sex sparks the imagination with its playful, erotic, and exhilarating presentation. But most of all, it is the no-nonsense yet fun approach of Dr. Alex Comfort that speaks to anyone seeking to achieve greater sexual...

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The Joy of Sex: The Ultimate Revised Edition

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Overview

The ultimate guide to lovemaking

The uninhibited bestseller that has sold more than 8 million copies since its first publication in 1972 is now updated and revised for a new generation. As captivating and provocative as ever, and filled with illustrations, The Joy of Sex sparks the imagination with its playful, erotic, and exhilarating presentation. But most of all, it is the no-nonsense yet fun approach of Dr. Alex Comfort that speaks to anyone seeking to achieve greater sexual satisfaction -- as he contends with every aspect of our sexual territory, including today's most vital issues: AIDS and other venereal diseases, the practice of responsible sex, birth control, Viagra, menopause, and more.

Candid, inviting, and informative, this is the classic guide that's never gone out of style, as decades of readers discover that nothing compares to the joy of sex.

The medically authoritative book that revolutionized our attitudes toward sexuality.

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Sex, that timeless subject, keeps changing, so it's not surprising that Dr. Alex Comfort would revise and update his 1972 classic The Joy of Sex. More than 8 million readers bought the original edition, and this completely revamped version promises to enjoy a long and fruitful life as well.
The New Yorker
When Comfort's epochal manual was published, thirty years ago, it made its author, who died in 2000, famous as a kind of Dr. Spock for grown-ups, an avatar of the new dawn of sexual liberation. Now that dawn looks like a brief historical window between the pill and AIDS, and this updated version of Comfort's text is a curious hybrid, in which rapturous descriptions of "Foursomes and Moresomes" sit uncomfortably beside instructions about blood tests, dental dams, and other necessary precautions. Though the cookbook-style chapter headings held over from the original -- "Appetizers," "Main Courses," and so on -- continue to proclaim the pleasures of the feast, the book is starting to read like a HACCP Food Safety guide.
Publishers Weekly
Physician and acclaimed human sexuality expert Comfort, who died in 2000, covered sexual liberation 30 years ago with his landmark book, The Joy of Sex. In this revised edition, other than titillating illustrations of a post-millennium couple (say goodbye to the bearded satyr of old) and a certain cheeky charm, there's not much new under the bedroom blanket. Although the book offers plenty of graphic suggestions, few will look daring or new to contemporary readers. (There's a lot of harmless, kooky stuff, though: "playing at horses," for example, or the "Viennese oyster" position.) Comfort's comparison of sexual satisfaction to a full-course meal feels a bit like yesterday's leftovers, and he's not shy about pushing his personal taste either: "Armpit. Classical site for kisses. Should on no account be shaved." Comfort issues warnings about sexually transmitted diseases with the usual suggestions for protection, and some surprising cautions: "Never blow into the vagina," he writes. "This trick can cause air embolism and has caused sudden death." If new information is what readers are after, this revision probably won't do the trick, but for anyone whose 1972 copy is getting a little rough around the edges, here's a perfect excuse to get a new one. 20 full-color photographs, 80 line illustrations. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The update of a classic, published posthumously (Comfort died in 2000). Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671626921
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 1/26/1974

Meet the Author

Dr. Alex Comfort, one of the world's leading experts in the field of human sexuality and one of the most versatile authors of the 20th century, was, essentially, the inventor of the modern sex manual. Though best known for The Joy of Sex series, he was also a novelist, poet, and social commentator who authored more than fifty books. A pioneer in the study of old age, Dr. Comfort worked as a head of research on gerontology at University College, London, as well as a lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and an adjunct professor at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He was a member of the Royal Society of Medicine and an associate member of the American Psychiatric Association. He died in March 2000, at the age of eighty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Fun information, gentle guidelines

    As the authors/editors put it, this book was written to dispel scary myths, help people get over unnecessary hangups, suggest some fun varieties, and remind people of necessary health precautions. Being something of a beginner in this subject matter when I started reading this book, I found it very useful and informative. I think the authors succeeded in all of their stated goals.
    If you're uncertain what this book is about when you started reading this review, then yes, it is about sex, the whats, wheres, and whens about sex. It describes sex both in terms of biological arousal and emotional connection. That said, this book is not a detailed textbook on human reproductive biology or sex psychology. If you're uncertain whether this is a book you'd want, try finding it in a book store or some online preview, look through the table of contents and see if those are the things you'd like to read more about.
    To take the authors' original goals item by item:
    Dispel scary myths: yes. I learned a lot about why not to be afraid of certain things, and on the other hand what I should really be careful about.
    Get over hangups: yes. I didn't have hangups when I started, and didn't get any new ones when I finished reading, but I could see that hangups were explained in ways that a solution could be found.
    Fun varieties: some. This book does have text description and illustration for some sex positions, the pros and cons to some of these (e.g. what position not to try if a partner has a weak back). This book is not a comprehensive list of all kinds of positions as might be found in the sexuality section of "health and fitness" websites.
    Health precautions: yes. The book explains prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs, with some on the epidemiology of AIDS) and unplanned pregnancy. One part I particularly admired deals with the emotional and social repercussions on the children if a parent is not emotionally ready to have a child. It's only a few short paragraphs, but it's comprehensive.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2006

    The Best Book Explaining Sex on the Market

    Reading this book was the best sex education I've ever received. The author is factual and straight-forward, yet writes with an entertaining wit. Just about every topic within the sexual realm is addressed, giving the reader an overview of many different sexual beliefs and activities. You will learn something from reading this book no matter what your age or sexual experience. You will also find that you are more open-minded about sexual issues and topics after reading this book. This is an outstanding work and should be utilized as a learning tool for anyone with questions about sex.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

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    It's been a joy!

    Revised from the classic it is, this newer, cleaner and more stylish edition is a must read for anyone who wants to know about sex. It's the nuts and bolts and the ins and out of it and reads well. It's concise and full of useful information anyone should want to know. A recommend.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    A must read for anyone sexually able

    It is in a way unfortunate that such a book is necessary. Most of this knowledge should have been and remain now common and open knowledge. Alas, it still is not and opponents of high school sex education classes want to keep it that way. So it is that this book remains a needed and well written source of information and encouragement. Everyone should have read this book by age 15 or so. If you have not done so, stop reading this review and start reading The Joy of Sex. Nuf sed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2009

    Still the Bible on Sex

    The best book on Sexual Intercourse, bar none! With beautiful Illustrations and text this is the new Kama Sutra. This book should be required reading for all lovers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 16, 2013

    Kat to teo

    Hey u there sweetie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Cool

    Well i have read a lot of books but this is one of my favs!!!

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    fantastic

    good and useful

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