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The Guide to Getting It On! (The Universe's Coolest and Most Informative Book About Sex) Paperback – Bargain Price, February, 2000

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"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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We pride ourselves in keeping The Guide up-to-the minute and simply the best how-to book on sex that's available today. Perhaps that's why 'The Guide' has won five awards, has been translated into twelve languages, and is a favorite among sex educators and therapists worldwide.

Here are the awards The Guide has won:

Ben Franklin Book Award
Firecracker Alternative Book Award
Sexuality.org Best Heterosexual Book Award
USABooknews.com Best Book Award
American Foundation for Gender & Genital Medicine Book Award --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 698 pages
  • Publisher: Goofy Foot Press (February 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 1885535104
  • ASIN: B0009YARI2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul Joannides, Psy.D. is a research psychoanalyst. He is the author of the "Guide To Getting It On," a book on sex that is smart enough to be used in dozens of college sex-ed courses, but fun enough to be praised by Rolling Stone, Playboy and Oprah Magazine.

Paul has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and the American Journal of Sexuality Education. He was presented with the prestigious Professional Standard of Excellence Award in 2014 by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. He writes a blog on sex for Psychology Today. His posts have received almost 2 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. He has spoken at numerous college campuses.

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

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Format: Paperback
Among the many lovely items I received from my Queen on Valentine's Day was this: "The Guide To Getting It On!" by Paul Joannides, published in 2000 by Goofy Foot Press. This is a huge 698-page oversized paperback book that covers just about every sex topic you can think of, with an especial emphasis on every aspect of The Deed itself. It's delightfully light-hearted and yet it's amazingly informative, discussing all sorts of topics in a frank, playful style that makes it a delight to read. Sample chapters in the book include:
Chapt. 9 - Sunsets, Orgasms, & Hand Grenades. Having an orgasm, the different types of orgasms a person can have (an orgasm in two-person sex usually doesn't feel like an orgasm from masturbation, for instance), faking orgasms, how it feels to different people.
Oral Sex - Chapt. 17 - Popsicles & Penises and Chapt. 18 - Vulvas & Honey Pots. Techniques on giving (and receiving) head, why different people don't taste the same, beard burn, using your teeth, advice for men from females (and for women from men), different positions.
Chapt. 34 - Techno Breasts and Weenie Angst - feeling inadequate about your body, and how to feel better because you're not a Playboy/girl model.
Plus: Getting naked, massages, nipples, sex fantasies, birth control (all types, including abstinence), pregnancy, sex laws, goofy sex terms, legitimate sex terms, and much much MUCH more.
Most of the book is large text, but there are many drawn illustrations (not photos), most of which are of people smiling and enjoying themselves as they illustrate whatever the current chapter is talking about. In fact, the whole book feels that way: it wants to make you smile, enjoy yourself, and have FUN with sex -- whatever sex-related topic you're trying to learn about.
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The above is my response to this book. When I first started looking though it and reading some of what Paul Joannides has to say, I thought, "Right on!" And the more I read, the more I felt this way. Mr. Joannides deserves some kind of "Medal of Honor" for writing a comprehensive, non-judgmental and at times hip and irreverent look at the world of sexuality. He leaves virtually no topic uncovered. Dang, why wasn't a book like this around twenty years ago? I could have really used it back then! He also obviously put a great deal of effort and love into this book which spans almost 700 pages. Not only is it informative and humorous, but it gets its subject matter across in a down-to-earth and common-sense style. I also loved all the illustrations in the book....
This book in my humble opinion should be mandatory reading for every Human Sexuality class taught, it truly is that good. I lost count of all the various chapters in the book, but among them are [chapters on various types of sex] sex and aging, and a chapter about sex laws (and some of them are truly shocking). Most chapters also feature comments from readers of earlier editions of this book or those who filled out surveys on the publisher's web site; all of which are also highly informative and interesting.
I give this book five stars, only because I can't give it six. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn more about sex, relationships, what makes the "opposite gender" act the way they do, in other words virtually everyone!
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When it comes to sex guides, there is no shortage. Many are written just to titillate the reader. Many are a guidebook to kink and assume that the reader already knows the basics for more straightforward sexual fun. Some ridiculously romanticize while others read like a medical school text.
Paul Joannides' "The Guide to Getting It On!" is the ideal sex guide. It deals with the basics as well as the more adventuresome stuff. It presents health issues with honest clarity, but is never frightening or clinical. It is a thick tome, but a remarkably fast read. Joannides is thorough, yet concise.
This is the best book on the market dealing with this subject matter. The advice for how to bring up children with healthy, age appropriate views about sex is invaluable. The only problem I have with this book is that I wish I'd written it myself.
Buy this book with confidence. If you are a sex guide hobbyist, you'll love it. If you are a complete novice to the topic you'll love it. There's none better.
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The Guide is written in a clear, casual style and is peppered with enjoyable quotes from real couples and sex therapists. The line drawings were beautiful.
I can honestly say that I curled up and read the 700 page tome like it was light beach reading. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
However, I would not buy this book as a sex bible. First, it covers far more about the intricacies of sex as a cultural phenomenon than you want in a book of sex advice and tips. Whole chapters are devoted to such sexual tangents as the role of sex in religion or the history of syphilis. While this is fun reading -- and great for understanding how sex works in an emotional sense -- it takes up room that could be better spent giving more practical tips. For example, the chapter on sex during menstruation: the author spends several pages discussing the history of the development of sanitary napkins and tampons, more discussing the shame or acceptance people feel about menstruation in the workplace, and a few pages musing on whether theories about stress leads to earlier menarche. There are perhaps six lines about sex, to the effect of "Some people like having intercourse during a woman's period. Some don't. Blood washes out of sheets, usually." At the end of the chapter he justifies his ommitance of the discussion of oral sex by joking that anyone who would consider such a thing must be a vampire. There was NO discussion of methods of making sex during a period cleaner or more enjoyable, NO discussion of alternatives to intercourse, NO discussion of potential risks or lack thereof in performing oral sex during the period, etc. That's just one small chapter -- in general, the book was high on interesting fluff but low on useful content.
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