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The New Joy of Sex (Joy of Sex Series) Paperback – October 1, 1992
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Updating his 1972 bestseller for the 1990s as a result of the AIDS crisis, Comfort supplements his always helpful advice from the 1970s edition with new sections in which he discusses safe sex, the importance of sharing and respecting a partner's needs or fantasies. Even better, Comfort uses language that is both informative and pleasing to the ear. He also avoids being overly clinical; knowing how most people talk about sex, he doesn't shy away from using colloquial [phrases] when referring to genitalia. Best of all, Comfort advises his audience that sex is something very human and essential to any meaningful relationship, so it should indeed be a source of joy.
Beautifully illustrated throughout with photos by Clare Park and drawings by John Raynes, The New Joy of Sex should be read at least once by any couple seeking to enhance their relationship.
For example, to refer to the rear entry position as "La Negresse," is beyond disgraceful. In addition, to make such statements as "To need some degree of violence in sex... is statistically pretty normal," to say that "Medicine is concerned about [bisexuals] because... they spread the HIV virus into the general sexual community," and to refer to lesbians as "simply women who have given up on men after a lifetime spent kissing frogs who failed to turn into princes," gives a very limited, inaccurate, and disrespectful view of sexuality as a whole.
The book also makes sweeping generalizations about people from various cultures, as well as sex workers ("prostitutes"), "transsexualists," who he incorrectly says are "mostly male," and as mentioned above, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. He warns, "Don't take on a person with a major sex problem, such as... homosexuality." Heaven forbid a teen - or a person of any age who may be questioning her or his sexual orientation -- gets her or his hands on this book.
With so many negative messages bombarding our society about sexuality, can we not try to be less flippant and more positive and accepting -- or at the very least, tolerant?
When updating a book, one must focus not only on amending factual information -- which is not even done correctly in all cases here (i.e.Read more ›
Comfort is a scholar and a philosopher, a classicist and a biologist and a physicist and a doctor, and he brought the breadth of his erudition to bear on this seminal--forgive the pun--book. Comfort clearly believes that the cultivation of the senses frees us from slavishness in the face of coercive moralizing, and those who have their own moralizing to do--be it from the left or the right--will naturally find this book their greatest foe. I expect Comfort would have smiled at that. Comfort does not accept all sexual habits as healthy-in-their-own-right, as some modern sex-educators do, but instead puts forth a common-sense philosophy of rational sexuality that he believes will help to make us better people, and certainly help us to increase our capacity to love.
Comfort wrote this book (and a few others) in an attempt to free people from the horrors of having their most basic needs--emotional, intellectual, physical and of course sexual--be determined by the injunctions of a culture, any culture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is borderline porn. It's not an educational book you could ever give your children like the old ones.Published 11 months ago by Interesting
It's more than a how to book he reminds 1 that love of the other person is what makes sex good sex and everlasting sex and neck comes around and makes everlasting love.Published 13 months ago by Jeff Moore
This is a follow-on re-writing of a very informative book on a subject that has been talked about and discussed for centurys but has been made current and includes recent... Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Duane A Peterson
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My husband and I have enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to people needing to explore their relationship a little further.Published on February 26, 2012 by freakinacage
This book is a classic. There are great illustrations to go along with what the book is talking about and it is also very educational.Published on July 19, 2010 by Lisa Myers
I purchased this book to help my relationship.It has help a lot.I recommend it to anyone having trouble behind closed doorsPublished on January 29, 2009
Why the asterisk? Well, just three initials of caution: STD's. That being said, if you are in a committed, safe, fidelitous relationship, then you should enjoy your partner and... Read morePublished on January 3, 2009 by A Positive Guy