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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex: But Were Afraid to Ask Mass Market Paperback – October, 2000

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Dr. David Reuben, a physician and surgeon with a specialty in psychiatry, graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is the author of several bestselling books about sex, health, and nutrition, including Any Woman Can!, How to Get More Out of Sex, and The Save-Your-Life Diet, as well as hundreds of magazine articles.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312976569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312976569
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Reuben, M. D., is a Physician and Surgeon with a specialty in Psychiatry. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and served his residency at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago. After internship and residency he served as a Medical Officer with the U.S. Air Force before establishing his own medical offices. He has practiced medicine in Illinois, and California.

His books have been New York Times best-sellers and have been published in more than fifty countries in over fifty languages.

Dr. Reuben is especially known for his first Number One best-seller, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask™, that reached approximately one hundred fifty million readers around the world.

His other eight books have revolutionized scientific concepts of good health in many ways. For example, The Save-Your-Life Diet™ transformed the dietary habits in America as well as in many countries around the world. Just check your supermarket shelves to see how many products now showcase their fiber content.

Connect with the Author online:
Twitter: @davidreubenmd

Webpage: www.davidreubenmd.com

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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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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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I agree, if you collect older pop culture books, you'll love this. I was about 6 when this thing came out, and maybe 10 when I snuck iinto my brothers' room to rifle through their things and found this. Even then I knew this book was silly. Hard to believe it was written by a doctor! Example, a couple goes to the doc because they cannot get pregnant. He asks what sort of contraception they use. "What are contraceptives?" the couple asks. Boom! Right away the doc has the answer! He realizes the man has been (trying to keep it clean here) "putting it in the wrong place." How did doc come up with THAT conclusion from a seemingly infertile couple by asking only one question? Just because the people don't know what contraceptives are doesn't mean they have never used them anyway! Were people really that stupid back in the 60s? Also, this was before abortion was legal, so the stories about dead women in bathrooms (from what I remember) scared the heck out of me. Now that I'm 43 and know a lot more I might pick up another copy to have even more laughs.
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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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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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