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Real Sex for Real Women Hardcover – October 17, 2008

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About the Author

Best-selling author and renowned sex therapist, Dr. Laura Berman is America's leading expert in female sexual health. She is the founder and director of the Berman Center in Chicago, which specializes in sexual health and therapy, and she is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK; First American Edition edition (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756639808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756639808
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Laura Berman is a clinical assistant professor of OB/GYN and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University and the director of the Berman Center in Chicago, which helps women repair their sex lives. She is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller For Women Only and Secrets of the Sexually Satisfied Woman.

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Format: Hardcover
As a sex educator, I try to read as many of the sex books that are available as possible and I am trying to review many of them here on amazon so that people can learn more about these books. I like that this book, "Real Sex for Real Woman", has photographs of real women and real men being sexual together. Not everyone likes this about this book and some of the reviews have said that they were appalled at these pictures. I feel that it is a personal issue. Some women and couples will be okay with seeing real photographs of real people having sex. Other people will not be okay with it. As a sex educator, I am happy to know that there is a book that features such pictures so that people can see what sex and intimacy look like between semi-regular looking people and not only porn actors and actresses.

I am more mixed on the information provided in the book. I do not often find Laura Berman to provide a lot of accurate information. However I do find the writing compassionate. I think it provides good basic information especially about intimacy, massage and communication. I feel that more of the research-based information presented in the book is not an accurate description.

Better books (in my opinion) for women who want to learn to have a better sex life include For Each Other, Because It Feels Good and The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex. For Each Other has mostly couples exercises and techniques in it; Because It Feels Good is about increasing desire, saying yes only to sex you like, getting out of sex cycles of dread; and using toys and lubricants to your advantage; The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex is about toys, communication, experimenting, male pleasure, female pleasure and more.

I am mixed on this book so moderately recommended. Good pictures, decent but not great information.
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I was surprised by this book. This isn't a book for women who are sexually mature or who are comfortable with their bodies; this is a basic book. But it is the best and most respectful basic book I have found. I plan to give it to my friend who is a virgin and getting married. She was raised in a very religious home where sex was rarely discussed. This is a perfect book for women who want to learn more than the ABCs of sex. This isn't a cure your sex life book, and it was never advertised as such. You would be shocked at how little most women know about sex. I teach a college level psychology of sex class, and I am constantly amazed at how little women know about sex. This book is perfect for those women.

As I read this book, I realized that while it looks basic, it isn't as basic as it seems. The info is just very clearly communicated. I think that one of the goals in this book is to talk about sex explicitly but respectfully. This is an excellent book for women who are uncomfortable talking about sex or talking about their bodies and their partner's body. This book is also good for women who struggle with with sex due to poor body image.

I found that many of the women in this book were not skinny models. There were women of different ages, and different sizes. There were small breasted women and average to larger breasted women. Many women had round figures with a bit of a tummy. No one in the book is really big, but you are not going to find that in any book. The pics showing sexual positions were used with averagely healthy weight women. But that was necessary for clarity IMO. And no, I am not thin! Or even close to thin!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a book about sex and sexuality. It has lots of tame nude pictures of people (of all different racial groups and body types - more slim/athletic bodies than thick ones) in sexual positions. The people pictured are all relatively attractive, some model pretty, some not. The photos don't show penetration of any kind, genitals, or pubic hair. In my view they are far from pornographic or explicit. They're just bodies in sexual positions. From some of the reviews here, one might think that the images were photographed by some guys from "XXX" magazine. It's just butts and (thankfully natural) boobs. Not a big deal but not something to put on the coffee table (the title alone should indicate that.)

I will admit that the book is not quite what I expected otherwise. From seeing Dr. Berman on the show, my impression was that it would include more case studies and information on what actually goes on in her sessions and how she helps women overcome specific issues. Instead the book is more of a "Jot of Sex" type book, with tips on improving one's sex life complete with colorful fonts and a magazine type layout.

It's not a complete disappointment or waste of time but it's probably not the best book out there.
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Format: Hardcover
dr. berman's latest book really is about real sex for real women. how many times have you wandered into the "sex and relationships" section, opened a book, and been completely overwhelmed or baffled by the recommendations? this is a book for those of us who aren't gymnasts, super models, or super humans. she covers the basics, as well as information for those who are simply trying to mix things up a bit in the bedroom (or living room, or kitchen...) dr. berman's background allows her to talk about the psychological aspects of human sexuality in addition to the mechanics. her sections about communication and how stress or depression or emotional issues can affect your sex life provide a level of insight you don't get in just any book about sex. i've recommended this book to all my girlfriends and my partner (and theirs) are grateful!
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