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The Joy of Sex: Fully Revised & Completely Updated for the 21st Century Hardcover – October 29, 2002

3.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Amazon.com Review

The original Joy of Sex, published in 1979, became the lovemaking guide to intimate discovery and experimentation for a generation of adults. This updated, 30th-anniversary edition is a gorgeous, sensual book that will delight lovers, whether they're discovering sex or renewing passion. Purple print on pale pink and soft lilac pages lend a sensual air before you even start reading. Beautiful drawings (and a few color photographs) of young, smiling, coupling couples (heterosexual only) serve to graphically illustrate sexual positions and interactions. The facial expressions convey affection and tenderness as much as passion.

The nonjudgmental, gentle tone, aimed at both novice love makers and those looking to expand their sensual play, is lyrical and not at all sleazy. The updated content includes safe sex cautions and a section about AIDS. True, this new edition isn't updated enough to seem particularly "new" to readers who came of age with the original edition. The content is still exclusively heterosexual. Surprisingly, vibrators merit only one paragraph (while "foursomes and moresomes" get a full page), and lubricants are treated dismissively. But this book will appeal to a whole new generation of readers, and even readers who still own a lop-eared, 30-year-old Joy of Sex will find sensual sparks rekindled with this lovely new edition. --Joan Price

From Publishers Weekly

Physician and acclaimed human sexuality expert Comfort, who died in 2000, covered sexual liberation 30 years ago with his landmark book, The Joy of Sex. In this revised edition, other than titillating illustrations of a post-millennium couple (say goodbye to the bearded satyr of old) and a certain cheeky charm, there's not much new under the bedroom blanket. Although the book offers plenty of graphic suggestions, few will look daring or new to contemporary readers. (There's a lot of harmless, kooky stuff, though: "playing at horses," for example, or the "Viennese oyster" position.) Comfort's comparison of sexual satisfaction to a full-course meal feels a bit like yesterday's leftovers, and he's not shy about pushing his personal taste either: "Armpit. Classical site for kisses. Should on no account be shaved." Comfort issues warnings about sexually transmitted diseases with the usual suggestions for protection, and some surprising cautions: "Never blow into the vagina," he writes. "This trick can cause air embolism and has caused sudden death." If new information is what readers are after, this revision probably won't do the trick, but for anyone whose 1972 copy is getting a little rough around the edges, here's a perfect excuse to get a new one. 20 full-color photographs, 80 line illustrations.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; Revised edition (October 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400046149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400046140
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Victoria Styles on August 11, 2009
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This is a fantastic item that every couple should own. I owned my first copy when it was in 2 volumes and I was only 17 years old. Unfortunately, I let my ex-fiance keep it when we broke up. I'm delighted that it is still available and up to date.

The seller I went through sent me a quality item in a very short amount of time.
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I can't go into great detail about why this book rocks because quite frankly it's none of your business. However, I will say that it's a good read and for anyone in an intimate relationship it will give you ideas and thoughts on how to be a better lover and how to enjoy your intimacy more. Enjoy!
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I had seen an early version of this book, and I thought that newer might be better: it is not. Small print, pink ink on white paper make it very hard to read. Useless large margin make the book much bulkier than it needs to be.
The content are good, this book is a classic, but I am disappointed by the new edition.
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By Millie Conlan on January 22, 2012
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this book is a must for every man alive.Great info and technique..What evry man and woman needs to know about female anatomy.I highly reccomend it
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I had read the previous version of this text MANY years ago. I find the new edition to be insightful, explorative yet in no way judgemental. Although I cannot figure out a way to incorporate this text in to an academic environment (without huge outcries) I feel that it would make an excellent wedding gift to any newly wed couple.
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Some interesting and new ideas. Liked the book
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The book is informative & I expected it to be, but the writing quality is very disappointing, it's a bunch of incongruent phrases thrown together. I'm not sure to blame the writer or the editor. If it wasn't for the pictures, my fiancee and I wouldn't probably continue with it. There's so many ways to improve this book it's sad that it hasn't been done.
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The only reason to go for this book is if you are a real collector of sex instruction books and need to have this to complete your "classics" section. This book was written a long time ago and is rather "out of date" and certainly not informed about alot of the really powerful devellopments in human sexuality which have occurred in the 90's and beyond. I mean, even lame sex-instruction authors like Nora Hayden and Lou Paget do better than this re-issue. If you really want to get something worthwhile in this category you should look at "9 Free Secrets of New Sensual Power" by Clint Arthur. That book is very modern and covers all the bases. Or go for something on video like Dr. Corynna Clarke's "Goddess Worship," which is a truly fresh and beautiful look at "modern sensual healing."
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