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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (but were afraid to ask) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1980


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553143263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553143263
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,556,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just not this offensive, ridiculous piece of rubbish.
Karl G
At another point in the book, he talks about the IUD method of birth control almost as if it is responsible for sexually transmitted diseases.
sue920
Had the book been informative and factual in this chapter I would have given it 5 stars.
Paul A. Harris

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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By James R. Hendrickson on December 23, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book when it first came out 30 years ago. I decline to spend good money on the updated version because updated crap is still crap. It was a best-seller then because Dr. Reuben hit on a winning formula. Tittilating information (in the 60's, sex was just starting to be openly discussed), a chatty, non-clinical format that relaxed the nervous reader(most of us in those days)and a medical degree to give it respectability, Great except for one thing, Dr.Reuben knew nothing of his topics. He had no psychiatric training(California law allowed any MD to hang a psychiatrist shingle) My favorite idiocy was the notion that syphillis and gonorrhea could be eliminated by giving everyone mandatory injections of penicillin. Brushing aside the civil liberties issue, I can't think of a better way to develop a nice vicious drug-resistant strain of these diseases. The book is enjoyable only as a reminder of how gullible we were 30 years ago.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Wayne M. Malin on September 12, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book when I was about 14. My mom got it and thought she had hidden it away but I found it. I was struggling with my sexual orientation at the time and immediately read the chapter about homosexuality. It effectively put me back into the closet for 4 more years! Reading the "updated" version I realize now how completely wrong and homophobic this book is. According to this gay guys have no interest in a long loving monogamous relationship and just want sex. Oh really? I guess the hundreds of gay men who are happily married are all totally wrong. Also we purportedly keep a variety of fruits under our beds and "use" them during the night when the urge hits us!!! I read the chapter getting more and more angry. This is enough to scare any kid away from ever coming out! I glanced through the rest of the chapters and was horrified by the tons of misinformation and prejudice I found. This should have never been republished and it's barely updated at all. This was basically ignored when it was reissued in 2000---for good reason!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mar Thivierge on August 19, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I gave this book two stars, based solely on its entertainment value. As others have already noted, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex" is a fun, campy read, particularly if you are in your 40s, 50s or 60s, and remember the era. It's definitely a period piece!

However, it is definitely NOT a book I'd recommend to anyone seriously looking for information or insight. It's hard to fathom how, as a psychiatrist, Dr. Reuben could have been so dismissive, clueless and judgmental when he wrote this. As a teenager during the mid-'70s, I purchased a paperback copy at a yard sale, and even at that age, was able to appreciate how ill-informed Dr. Reuben's opinions were. Anything he does not seem to understand, he dismisses as a sad, self-destructive deviation. It's sort of ironic that this book was so tied to the sexual revolution, given how narrow-minded and puritanical Dr. Reuben's thoughts and ideas in fact were.

Hopefully, anyone looking for real information nowadays will have the good sense and judgment to look to any of the more recent books written by credible authors that have supplanted it. On the other hand, those wanting a good laugh should definitely look for a USED copy of "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex". (Don't bother paying full-price for a new copy, it's definitely not worth it.) Frankly, I was to find that the book -- *updated* or not -- was still in print.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By sue920 on June 23, 2001
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Dr. Reuben's book is an update of his classic bestseller, and the reviews mentioning the previous edition make me happy to have grown up in a later generation that speaks about sex more openly.
The author's views have progressed somewhat since the earlier edition, but if you would like an unbiased view of sexuality, this is not the book to buy. For one, there is an anti-gay tone to all of the information on gay sex and culture. I am a 30+ hetero woman and I cringed at some of what was written here. I don't think authors should cater to a politically correct audience, but I was surprised that this came from a medical doctor with a specialty in psychiatry! At another point in the book, he talks about the IUD method of birth control almost as if it is responsible for sexually transmitted diseases. As far as I know, many women successfully use this as their birth control method...seems strange?! All in all, a fun read if you are interested in popular culture. But --especially for young readers-- there are much better books on the subject.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Karl G on November 28, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When you first see this book on shelves, you might be tempted to think it is a proper reference book, with maybe a few humorous anecdotal quotes thrown in. Think Freakonomics, with biology.

Boy, was I ever wrong!

Flipping it open and reading it, I find that "sex" to Dr. Reuben doesn't equal a discussion and understanding of the different types of intercourse so much as it equals "conservative beliefs of religion and marriage", to which might be acceptable to some, but clearly not to me. The biased slant was clear from the get-go, and if Dr. Reuben didn't find it clear enough, he goes further to criticize any form of role-playing as well as foreplay which does not adhere to his apparently tried-and-tested methods of normalcy.

The very thing about "sex" is that it has to be fresh, it has to be made interesting, it must arouse both parties (maybe more, but we won't go there... Dr. Reuben clearly doesn't WANT to go there) and everyone who's above 20 knows that boring sex is the first step on a way to a destroyed marriage.

Dr. Reuben, for all his support of the traditional marriage-and-sex system, clearly doesn't want couples to stay together very much, for he proposes normalcy, routine, and repeatability.

At times, it even becomes offensive, as he suggests that gay sex is nothing more than a matter of going into toilets, doing some footwork under the stall separations, and become something like an emotionless act of oral sex through holes drilled in the separations. Other times, he criticizes menstrual woman for their "masculinity", and for their decreased sex drive, which then suggests Dr Reuben is nothing more than a masochistic, male chauvinist with a medical degree, masquerading to be an authority, which he is anything BUT.
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