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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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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.
From the Publisher
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.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well all I can say it's hard to put down, lol. It has a lot of information and useful tips. This is the fastest book I read.Published 3 days ago by Bolivian86
I bought this for my teenage daughter on the recommendation of a friend. It's a great book!!!Published 7 days ago by Paula B
A great book for both genders. This is one of the most comprehensive, yet easy to read guides to sex I have seen. Read morePublished 9 days ago by chris
I got this book for myself during undergrad as a present for getting a job in the campus sexual awareness office. And it was worth it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Daniel Canham
Phenomenal insight into sexuality. Highly recommend to all!Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is not for the faint at heart! I think it's something every young person should read to avoid living a life where you don't know the facts! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Almin1