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Guide to Getting It On! A Book About the Wonders of Sex Paperback – Unabridged, October 16, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


"We use the Guide to Getting It On to help our scholars gain a more complete understanding of sexuality and to help them promote the sexual health of their patients and peers."

Perry Tsai, Co-director
American Medical Student Association
Sexual Health Scholars Program (AMSA SHSP)

"A wold-class sex manual. Whoever you are and however much sexual experience you've had, you will benefit from reading this book. I can't recommend it too highly." Journal of Human Relations

"The most playful and sensitive book I've read on sex -- it's funny, irreverent, intelligent and refreshingly honest." --Adrienne Benedicks/LIBIDO

"You've never read a manual as warm, friendly, liberating, thorough, and potentially sex-life-changing as the Guide to Getting It On! Neither had anyone in our office--which may be why our copies keep disappearing." -- Oprah Magazine

"If you're going to own just one instructional book about sex, this is the one. Funny, hip, and informative, it's packed with advice about what to put where and covers every topic a couple could possibly be curious about." -- Women's Health Magazine--Sex Awards

"In our vast library of sex books, this is by far and away the most human, enlightening and entertaining read of the lot. I'll be recommending it until my keyboard wears out." -- Cosmopolitan Magazine UK

"One of the few books about sex that you actually want to sit down and read." -- Playboy Magazine

From the Author

With the 7th edition, I think The Guide is finally hitting its stride. Sure, there's always room for improvements and changes, but for now, I think it's okay. I hope you--and whatever lucky people you have sex with--enjoy it, almost as much as you enjoy each other.

As I wrote in the intro: Ignorance remains this book's archenemy, the desire to know more about sex, its friend.

Thanks and take care,
Paul, the author

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Goofy Foot Press; 7th Edition edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885535759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885535757
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul Joannides, Psy.D. is a training and supervising psychoanalyst. He is the author of the "Guide To Getting It On," a book on sex that is used in college sex-education courses and medical schools:

The "Guide To Getting It On" is now in its 7th edition and has been translated into 12 foreign languages. It has won 6 awards and has been praised in Rolling Stone, Playboy and Oprah Magazine.

Paul is on the editorial board of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and was formerly on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education. He has been asked to write chapters in some of the leading reference books on sex education and sex therapy. He has been quoted in the New York Times Magazine about sex education in America, and he writes a blog on sex for Psychology Today. His posts have received 1.5 million views.

Paul has given the opening keynote address for the CFLE-Planned Parenthood National Sex Educator's Conference and for the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference. The college campuses he has spoken at include Dartmouth, Yale, Tufts, Rice, Middlebury, North Carolina State University and Eastern Carolina University.

The NCAA approved Paul to speak to college athletes on sexuality as part of their
speaker's grant program.

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Dan E. Nicholas on November 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Outstanding book and no wonder this is my wedding present of choice. I wrap it up for the couple getting married and don't even enclose a card. The delighted lovers don't need to know who it is among their wedding party whose out there trying to be helpful.

This work is entertaining, insightful, respectful, snarky, well illustrated. What's not to like about this book? He's got a spiritually here that shows sex as special. Yet on almost every page he gets down and nasty in a practical way about The Bonk; from the basics to the edgy. I loved the illustrations also as they set a tone that is a bit light hearted. Heck, so many of us are moving toward old man status these days, I should be embarrassed to say--but I'm not--that I learned a good deal I didn't know about sex in this book. I always have an extra copy on hand now to give to young couples; even advised a one-year young married couple last week (8.30.13) wondering about the perfect wedding gift for some starry eyed soon to be weds in church to take up my tradition here and give this book.

So, hats and pants off to Joannides and his team who worked on this project and who keep working on this tome to keep it current with new editions. This book has legs! I think I've bought five or six copies so far. In my sixties now I still learn some stuff every time I go back to this work. For example, how to coach friends to watch out for dangerous love making positions that can get you hurt if you are a guy. I showed a young couple last week the page where a man can actually break his Favorite Friend via Reverse Cowgirl. A little fear at times is healthy. And, no, they had not even heard the term "reverse cowgirl".

Buy this book. Heck, buy two!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LadyPendleton on July 6, 2013
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Plainly spoken, light, oft humorous, hits every topic, and I love that it addresses sexual "health" questions you didn't know you had-esp. for the opposite sex. I feel that part of it debunks the notion that our bodies are "gross" and its functions are revolting. (Well-some of them. *wink*) A good portion of the book is technique, but it's so much more than that. Even if you've read all the booksl, even if you think you know all there is to know, read this anyway. You will not only learn something (I had no idea there was actually a biochemical reason Sperm burns your eyes, and it does btw) , you will enjoy the learning process. Could easily function as a "get things rolling" book for couples, or an educational manual. I wish there was a little more on the emotional role of sex, but then again with phrases like this : "If you aren't equal partners in sex, you aren't equal partners period. Is that really what you want?" I suppose you don't need to say much more, do you? I've read a lot of sex books, this one is up there with the best.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Atkins on December 21, 2012
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I came across this guide several years ago, and even then was thrilled by the overall tone of the book, as well as the detailed info on subjects one may not even have thought about right away when thinking sex...such as the composition of semen, and why it smells and tastes the way it does.
Recently, I recommended the book to a friend whose daughter is starting to explore her sexuality...for her...but my friend's curiosity was awakened as well when the book arrived. The volume must have tripled by now...and I decided to order one for myself now too, to update my own knowledge of sex. This book clearly is for a wide audience, teenagers and adults alike. As an adult, you may be very surprised by all the things you didn't know about sex...and especially if you have a teenager you want to have "the sex talk" with... you may realize it may be time for you to beef up your own sexuality knowledge before doing so.The book strikes the right conversationalist tone to entertainingly present very important issues.
I taught sexuality classes on universities a few years back, and consider this book the all around, hands-down, best choice to learn about sex.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 19, 2014
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I first stumbled across an earlier print copy of this in my teammate's room when I was a freshman in college...and I stole it. The guide changed my life then, and it continues to do so now. This isn't just a how-to or an explanation-of. It's an everything book. There are few subject areas that this doesn't cover, and it's bound to answer pretty much any question you have. I bought this Kindle version to have an updated one and to make sure that I always have access to it. I've always thought it was amazing and it's only gotten better. The illustrations and the straightforward writing style make it very approachable and easy to understand. And buying the Kindle version means no one can steal it from you either.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris Rose on October 26, 2012
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This new edition (the 7th edition since this book launched in 1996!) is the essential sex manual of our time. Every teenager should have a copy, and most adults would benefit from having this book around as well. This book covers the vast universe of human sexuality with honesty, humor and integrity. Neither too flippant nor too serious, this book hits a sweet spot that allows the reader to absorb a ton of information while having fun and developing a more positive attitude towards sex. Parents, order two copies of this book - one for yourself and one for your teenager. Slip it into their suitcase as they go off to college and be confident that you are contributing to their safety and confidence. And then dive in for essential advice to heat up your own sex life.
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