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Nina Hartley's Guide to Total Sex Paperback – Bargain Price, October 19, 2006

4.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Feminist, registered nurse, sex educator and star of more than 400 adult films, Hartley's sex guide is a thorough, level-headed and straightforward look at all things sexual. Eighteen witty, easy-to-read chapters cover subjects from foreplay and cunnilingus to fellatio, three-ways, domination, toys, bondage and spanking. Each chapter ends with a handy chart reviewing dos and don'ts for the acts explored in detail. Hartley's experienced and capable voice takes the mystery out of sex, viewing all manner of intercourse as healthy activity that often requires more communication and lubrication than partners realize. Intended mainly for heterosexuals and the bi-curious, Hartley and Levine, her husband, emphasize the enlightened female perspective, though advice on technique and position is useful for anyone. Unlike many other sex guides, this one does not include illustrations or photos, which makes it a comfortable choice for more reserved or reticent readers; as Hartley puts it, this is the sex guide "I wish I had owned when I turned eighteen."
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Nina Hartley ... shepherds so many people to greener sex pastures. ... Guide to Total Sex will be a pleasure seeker's bible. -- Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., porn star turned sexologist, author of Dr. Sprinkle's Spectacular Sex

Nina Hartley is a F****ing genius! -- Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, author of XXX: 30 Porn Star Portraits

Truly amazing . . . I honestly think it is the best book written about sex, ever. -- Margaret Cho --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583332634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583332634
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,565,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my chosen field of Architecture we use what exists to create new facilities. In this book, noted Sexual Expert Nina Hartley does a similar construct in a loving funny and first person way. All of us have sexual portions of our bodies, want to have sex and most of us with another person. As Nina explains "It feels good, It is good for you, It helps your interaction with the opposite sex who you wish to create a bond".

This book is a much better education tool than anything even going back to the "Joy of Sex" from the 70s. Why?

First, Nina constantly uses her own experience as a sexual person with both men and women, she is bi,to describe what feels good and what may not feel so good.

Second, Nina explains the physical espects of how to be sexual first with yourself and then with a partner. Self loving it is called, and all of us need to love ourselves before we love others, she explains. During all of the chapters in the book her physical explanations, she does not need any diagrams or pictures, she allows the reader to feel that he or she is in an encounter. Nina uses a very easily understood method to illustrate, "Near hand and far hand".

Third, Nina both touches on sexual practices that not everyone will use but all of us have an interest in hearing about. We may not want to use Anal Sex or jSwinging, but at least we need to know what happens, why and how it is performed and how one does meet others of a similar persuasion.

Fourth, Nina explains as no one ever has, that mens and womens sexual anatomy, developed during pregnancy are the same to begin with. We all were girls first and then during pregnancy developed fully into male and female persons.
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Margaret Cho isn't kidding. This really might be the best book about sex, ever. The book discusses techniques, sexual ethics, and attitude: sex as a whole. It's warm, well-written, intelligent, informative. Above all, although it is frank and completely straightforward, it is written with an awareness of the fact that not everybody... well, almost nobody... is completely secure about sex. It neither condescends nor intimidates; it accepts our foibles and anxieties while gently but firmly showing us that there's a better way.

I can't imagine anyone, from a veteran swinger to a virgin, who wouldn't get something of value from it, with just a modicum of openmindedness.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to accomplish the following:

1. Improve his or her sexlife.

2. Look at sex from a different perspective other than what has been traditionally taught

3. Find new ways to overlook common mistakes we all make in our private lives.

4. Find the inspiration to be a little more adventurous behind closed doors.

I find the psychology of sex very interesting in the United States. Here, we all try to keep it hush hush, even pass the occassional law against it, but everyone seems to be doing it and everyone seems to want more of it and a better way to do it.

This book is an excellent beginning in breaking out of that old mold and moving on with our personal lives. We owe it to ourselves, our partners, and our significant others to be the best we can be and to have an ever open mind. This book is a step in that direction.

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Having been a fan and worshipper of Nina Hartley for quite a long time, due as much to her intellegence, her activism for sexual pleasure and her sex-positive progressive politics as for her blazing sexual performances and her beyond-worldly beauty, I was full of anticipation and expectations when she first revealed the initial conception of this book.

I am so proud to say that the results more than exceed even my wildest expectations. This "Guide to Total Sex" is simply the distillation of Hartley's many years of experience as a professional sex worker/entertainer/performer, as well as a lecturer, educator, and clinician on the basic fundamentals of sex, mutual sexual pleasure, and sexual experimentation. And yet, Nina presents it in a manner that gives the reader nothing but the maximum of respect, without even a trace of the usual condensension found in far too many other "how to" manuals.

With her usual display of humor, passion, and keen attention to detail, Nina manages in every chapter to break down the essentials; from the fundamentals of the "plumbing", to the basic physical tacticals for most of the common sex acts and functions (from initial foreplay to final orgasm(s) and every juicy detail in between); to the introduction to implimenting sex toys into the play experience; to confronting the psychological and emotional barriers and issues to expanding and defining your sexual boundaries; to the introductions to swinging and dominance/submission/BDSM sex....everything is laid out and explained in a easy to follow, easy to understand, and easy to read format. And unlike most sex manuals, Nina doesn't distract you with too much of the usual "shock your friends" close up XXX shots, either; she lets her words and her experiences speak for themselves.
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