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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932595201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932595208
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After his release from prison (he was in for assaulting his lover), literary provocateur Goad (Answer Me!, The Redneck Manifesto) returned to Portland, Ore., and found a job writing for a free weekly devoted to the city's sex industry. That experience provided grist for this book, a self-help miscellany with a hyperactive design that veers from The Onion-style parody ("Man Uses Photoshop to Give Himself Bigger Penis," "Pug Porn," etc.) to confessional essays ("Pleasuring Myself in Prison") to product tests (Viagra, porn) to anatomy lessons ("In search of...the Prostate Gland"). Goad's savage wit is matched only by his enthusiasm, both of which are a bit of an acquired taste; sensitive readers may find themselves repeatedly and unapologetically offended. Though he's been criticized as a misogynist, Goad is just as critical of himself as he is of the opposite sex, if not more so, detailing his pitiful attempts to photograph his privates ("it looked like a shriveled pink egg roll") and warning female readers, "You'll be very, very disappointed the first time you have sex with me." This self-effacing humor gives the book depth and makes Goad more likable; his decidedly un-P.C. take on all things sexual brings a welcome bit of pointed, occasionally venomous satire to the sex manual genre.
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About the Author

Considered a fine author by such figures as Chuck Palahniuk, the controversial life of Jim Goad was described in his memoir, "Shit Magnet." His published books include "The Redneck Manifesto" (in its 9th printing from Simon and Schuster) and "Answer Me!: The First Three" by AK Press and currently Scapegoat Press.

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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Buddy Pal on May 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This excellent compendium de pudenda is a must for anyone with reproductive organs. The Gigantic Book of Sex is more informative and accurate than any sociological text since Eric Hoffer's The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics)The True Believer, and funnier than just about any 'comedy' book ever written. Goad's style is of course flawless and exact, which we have come to expect. What I did not expect was the gorgeous 'n' glossy format that the text comes in- it is eye-poppingly wonderful. Goad claims to have done all the layout within, and it is a testament to the development of his aesthetic since Answer ME! came out 15 years ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 5ElIX on April 17, 2012
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This, Jim Goad's fourth book, is a 224 page sexplosion. Marvelously illustrated in full-color throughout the entire book, it is largely modeled after the underground papers/ comix of the 1960s like OZ and RAT crossed with ANSWER ME!-style tabloid journalism in tone, substance and appearance. The technicolor look helps quash some of the harsh bite of some of the more untenable columns. Yet this reader still needed therapy after reading columns such as "Bird Doggin'! The Perils and Pleasures of [having intercourse with] Another Man's Woman". But then again, that's sort of the point. Sex sucks. Sex is great. The little death and all that.

The focus is on tongue-in-cheek, sex negative sex writing. Sex. The essays and rants are divided into four sections (Fake, Real, Personal and Opinion). The satires in the Fake section are side-splitting and a few, such as "New Wave STDs", "The Herbal Date Rape Drug", and "Virgin Mary's Face Appears in Wet Spot" have some of the verisimilitude of actual phenomena.

I haven't read a lot of erotica and this book doesn't fit in one bit with any I have read. Henry Miller and Anais Nin are sort of the closest relations because there is a lot of ugly biology in this tome. More than, say, any "Good Vibrations" book, "Screw the Roses, Send me the Thorns", or even the Annie Sprinkle interviews and videos I've seen. Again, I don't know if these are the greatest comparisons. But Goad is about really real reality so his course in sex covers the consequences of debauchery that to put it broadly and mildly makes America seem uniquely perverted.

"The Gigantic Book of Sex" sometimes makes you want to blush for Goad, as the first person voice is used.
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I was shopping in a book store, GASP! I usually try to avoid those boring places but this was a Wacky Book store and of all the fun stuff for sale I ended up in the sex sextion. Im always trying to up my game and practice my techniques so I was holding a few fun books and finally picked this one.

Its packed from cover to cover of fake articles, interesting facts, and personal opinions on sex. I mean it would take a long time to actually read the first 10 pages. Its not a book book, its like a collage of stuff thrown on every page. I bought it yesterday, text ed it to my fave sex buddy and had a study session lined up for last night. Having thumbed through the book looking for more interesting content between my house and my FWB house I realized this book isnt going to be any fun for us. I guess its a good book if your alone and bored but trust me there is not a single page that is going to get him hard or her turned on. Its just a fun off the wall book.
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By John W Dorrill on December 18, 2013
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Goad has a certain way of telling it like it is. This is a funny and interesting book that one will find themselves going back to over time. I bought mine a while back (several years) and I still find myself picking it up and learning something fun.
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