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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; Reprint edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399532862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399532863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orgasm. Not everybody's having one-and that's perfectly okay according to Hutcherson, gynecologist and co-director of the New York Center for Women's Sexual Health at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. This sexual wellness guide aims to liberate women from anxieties and inhibitions preventing them from experiencing a full spectrum of sexual pleasure. Hutcherson redefines "good sex" by shifting the focus from society's emphasis on achieving orgasm to the delight possible in finding enhanced sexual satisfaction through the discovery of, and guiltless indulgence in, intimate acts purely for the sake of pleasure. She begins with well-illustrated discussions about female and male anatomy and the ways each body part contributes to the overall ability to experience pleasure. Always explanatory, but never too clinical, the author maintains a frank and unreserved voice that spices up anatomical facts while also tempering her explicit advice on over 150 (primarily heterosexual) techniques and positions. The book has surprising inclusions: a chapter on how food choices affect desire, prescriptive exercises to strengthen and tone muscles of the pelvic region, direct talk about the waxing and waning of desire within marriage and a matter-of-fact chapter on anal sex. For women whose feeling of entitlement to sexual pleasure needs reinforcing, this guide's emphasis on comfort and confidence as the foundation of sexiness and the ability to experience pleasure will be very useful.
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About the Author

Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., is a co-director of the New York Center for Women’s Sexual Health at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Associate Dean for Diversity and Minority Affairs at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Hutcherson has practiced gynecology for more than twenty years and has been featured in print and electronic media including “Oprah,” Cosmopolitan, Ebony, Fitness, and Health among others. She is a regular contributor to Essence magazine.


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This book was very informative and an easy read.
wounded again
This book will leave you breathless and wanting for more, ways to engage life's challenges facing love, lust, and hope for realism.
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It is for women but I think men will enjoy and learn from it as well!
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75 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A. Taylor on March 16, 2006
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In "Pleasure", Dr. Hilda Hutcherson approaches the topic of female sexuality from a lighter, more personal and fun-friendly perspective than she did in "What Your Mother Never Told You about S-E-X". In "S-E-X", the reader is like a new patient engaging in a reassuring and open conversation with her well-chosen and nurturing gynecologist. By the time we get to "Pleasure" the doctor-patient relationship has grown significantly more personal and trusting, and the topics addressed take on a whole new level of intimacy.

"Dr. Hil" is to women and sex what "Dr. Phil" is to relationships. "Pleasure" is filled with emotionally supportive and detailed advice. The numerous illustrations are sensually tasteful and instructive. This is the perfect book for anyone who seeks to improve her sexual happiness, but is put off by the often cheesy plethora of `hot sex' guides on the market today.

"Pleasure" frees the reader to feel good about herself, discover her own unique style of `sexy' and explore both physically and psychologically what uniquely rocks her boat. (Sections of chapter 5 can stand alone as a manual for any man interested in obtaining the ultimate step by step exploratory guide on giving pleasure). We also learn that orgasm is just one of many sources of pleasure, and not the be-all end-all win or lose aspect of a woman's sexual enjoyment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on December 27, 2010
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If you've been in a loving, stable relationship for a long time, but the sex has gotten a little routine, rushed, or "boring," this is the book for you. Quite frankly, when you begin dating that special someone, the passion is on fire. You can wait to get together with him and connect in as many ways as possible. Yet, then marriage comes along, a career, a family, and then, the daily stress of becoming a multi-tasking woman who literally drops into bed at night from complete exhaustion. The thought of intimacy is another item on the to-do list. Well, the book Pleasure: A Woman's Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need, and Deserve, is a wake-up call to those hard-working women about how life and complete pleasure is passing them by when it doesn't need to at all. The author's philosophy is clear. It's about YOUR pleasure and satisfaction as a woman, as well as your partner's. She gives the reader straight talk about what goes on in a hot sex-life. It's not about performance. It's not about evaluation. It's not even about the Big O as everyone thinks it is. It's really about rediscovery of what makes you both feel terrific. The chapters on male and female sexual anatomy with the corresponding tips on how to fire-up and pleasure your partner get the ideas flowing. The author has done hours of work with couples and it shows in her writing style. She talks to the reader about common fears, thought patterns, and blocks to one's pleasure. Then, she shares tips and techniques that her patients have tried that work for not only rejuvenating a great sex-life, but making an intimate relationship much stronger and more enjoyable than ever. The books is a well-organized, simple read. Get going on living a pleasurable life! You won't regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Herrmann on September 23, 2009
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Well-written and comprehensive guide to the female and male sexual anatomy, their pleasure centers and outliers.
Nice drawings of positions and good descriptions of wide range of techniques...with insider tips. Includes suggestions and recommendations for toys (by prescription, no less!) and lubricants. I'm curious about her views on polyamory, swinging or friends-with-benefits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms Janie on June 17, 2013
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Great book for the sexual novice or expert like. She covers topics others dare not touch and does it with compassion for both partners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Hay on August 11, 2013
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This book is very real and tells it like it is. Techniques are described in detail and pictures enhance the understanding. I especially like Dr. Hilda's continuous reminder to take responsibility for your own pleasure. Be the sexual goddess you know you are!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wounded again on January 6, 2012
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This book was very informative and an easy read.The reason I purchased the book was it was by a world renowed author and all her books are an easy read and informative.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Classie on July 11, 2012
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Pleasure: A Woman's Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need and DeserveI haven't really had a chance to complete the book,but the part that I have read is really on target. I'm really excited about the material in The book. I would recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yari on May 8, 2011
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Started to read it as soon as I got it, and i'm enjoying it so far....
will update after I finished reading it....
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