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Nina Hartley's Guide to Total Sex Paperback – Bargain Price, October 19, 2006
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best ever written... really deep insights, not a single illustration, just wisdom and "how to". To my taste she is a bit too rough and kind of rusty. Otherwise, must read.Published 10 months ago by Ruslan Yemtsov
Amazing, incredible, and fantastic piece of work. Nina is a shaker and mover. Nina is that rare individual in life who has the courage of a Lion to follow her intuition and feeling... Read morePublished 15 months ago by fenski korbo
This book is the holy grail of guides. This book should be mandatory reading for every young adult.Published 18 months ago by Sonny
This book should be the basis for sex education for everyone. It begins with the ethics of sex/relationships and the introduction is a very nice snapshot of how the rest of the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pat-n-Heather