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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250042267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250042262
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The authors’ research is thorough and impartial and helpfully presented with a healthy dose of humor."—Publishers Weekly
"Almost as fun as reading Don't Put That In There! And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked is catching the glances of your fellow commuters as you devour it on the El."—Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Dr. Aaron E. Carroll is professor of pediatrics at Indiana University’s School of Medicine and director of the Center for Health Policy & Professionalism Research and the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research.

Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman is an associate professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and codirector of Pediatric Research for the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) in Kenya.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ursiform TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
OK, a publisher is willing to give you a free copy of a book about sex for a review. Of course you agree.

Well, maybe not of course. A key point here is that this is a book by serious authors who want to get the facts out. Yes, they have a sense of humor. They are even willing to titillate a bit. But this book is not raunchy, nor does it pander. If that's what you are looking for, this isn't the book for you.

The structure of the book is a series of "myths" that some people hold about sex. (I'd say some are far more widely held than others.) They are grouped into sections about men, women, sex, disease, and pregnancy. In each case the authors discuss the best science or surveys available to determine the likely truth. When there is no sound basis to decide, they admit as much.

So you can learn, among many other things, how men really measure up. (And how researchers really measure men!) What really is safe. How you really get infected. And how pregnancy really happens. And what won't prevent it.

On that last point, I'm amazed that there is enough ignorance out there to support myths like a woman can't get pregnant if she has sex in the water. People really believe that? And there are more like it!

The myths are treated as self-contained discussions (although there is an occasional reference to another myth). This is likely good if you read a chapter here and there. But reading the book straight through it leads to some repetition of material. In fact, there are two discussions of premature ejaculation in two different sections, with a lot of common material between them.

Written with a solid but light touch, and seemingly well researched, this is an interesting book for someone interested in sex (i.e.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. Dejonghe TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Mom, if you are reading this review, cover your eyes. Better yet, go check out my review of Joyce Meyer’s latest book. You shouldn’t be reading this review mom. You’re embarrassing me.

Next, I want to thank the authors for recommending the book Stuck Up!: 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn’t Be. I need to read that book.

And now for everyone else, please bear with me as I try to write this review whilst working around the censors. I’m assuming you’ll know what I mean by manhood and rear orifices. The main goal of DON’T PUT THAT IN THERE! is to dispel the myths, to validate experimentation, and to prevent diseases and unwanted pregnancies. Real quick: yes, it is okay to swallow; no, there’s hardly any chance to catch something from a toilet seat; and, yes, you can get pregnant using the “pulling out” method.

For you men, you may or may not be within average range. A lot of this book finishes answers with inconclusive findings, but offers a chock-full (not that other word; get your mind out of the gutter) of evidence and research to get you thinking. In this instance, when men self-reported online their manhood measurements, the numbers were a bit larger compared to the urologist-conducted study. Sure, one measured hard and the other measured yanked flaccid members, but it gets you thinking.

The main idea here is to satisfy curiosity and keep y’all pervs safe. Speaking of pervs, apparently not as many folks are watching those special channels online that the media would have us to believe. In most cases, readers of this book will find reassurances for safety and avoidances of bundles of surprise joys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By free_dreamer on July 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
***4.5 stars***

A non-fiction book about sex in our time, where everybody knows everything about sex? That's got to be completely redundant, right? Well, no! This book offers a great insight into those countless myths, and not only about the act itself. The myths range from absolutely nutty like "You don't get pregnant when you do it standing upright" to those well known myths you've always wondered about like "Black men are the most well endowed out there!" and ones that you most probably thought true without ever doubting it like "Two condoms is worse than one condom".

Now, I know next to nothing about medicine and being a non-native speaker I was a little worried I'd have some trouble understanding the whole complicated terminology. But the authors did an excellent job at explaining everything in a way everybody understands. You don't need a degree to get what they're talking about!

The tone was kept light and funny. I never got bored and had a few good laughs. I've never heard about some of these myths and they really made me laugh. At the same time, the authors conveyed a whole lot of well researched knowledge. They obviously took their job very seriously. There are lots of studies backing up their explanations and they obviously did a very thorough research. As I said, I don't know much about medicine, but this seemed like a well-researched book. The last 30% are a list of all the studies mentioned throughout the book.

To sum it up, "Don't Put That in There" is a light, funny read that teaches you a whole lot about sex myths. Every adult out there should read this book. You can never know too much about sex! ;)
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