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Pleasing color sketches and simple diagrams adorn the pages of Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm by famed Sex and the City actor Kim Cattrall and her husband, jazz musician Mark Levinson. The fact that Cattrall's character on the show, Samantha Jones, is a sexual giantess is likely to bump up sales a notch for this attractive, children's-size book, but nevertheless it's a very worthwhile read.

Simple concepts--open communication, trust, love, and a consistent interest in pleasing one another--are the ingredients for an enriching and fulfilling sex life that can bring two people ever closer, according to the text. The facts speak for themselves: when pressed, women will confess in droves that they are sexually frustrated. It's tricky to communicate one's carnal desires to one's lover, yet both parties must be open to this type of ongoing discussion for the formula to work.

Meanwhile, a little education for men can go a long way. The concepts are basic--anyone who isn't a virgin probably knows them. But the rub lies in the consistency, the selflessness, and the patience required of the man. Cattrall and Levinson ask their male readers how they'd feel if they experienced some physical pleasure during lovemaking but never got to climax; they would likely get frustrated after a while. So an abiding devotion to pleasing the woman is a basic assumption throughout, and one that isn't commonly pointed out in such an open way elsewhere. Some readers may think Cattrall and Levinson's approach offers nothing new or exciting, but this honest reminder of what it takes to be a sensitive and satisfying lover is just what the doctor ordered. --Teri Kieffer

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"Some people... assume that for me to play a sexually open character, like Samantha Jones on HBO's Sex and the City, I must have had fabulous sex most of my life. Well, the truth is that until three years ago most of my sexual experiences were miserable," confesses Kim Cattrall, in Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm, a slim yet pensive guide to pleasing women in bed. Simple sketches accompany the dry text (written by Cattrall and her husband, Mark Levinson), explaining different techniques men and women can use. This book is decidedly unflashy and its approach is not at all brashly sexual (like Cattrall's TV character). Rather, it is a thoughtful manual on women's orgasms.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446530719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446530712
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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221 of 229 people found the following review helpful By Holly Montgomery on March 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Other reviews for this title seem to be written by anonymous men and fueled by sour grapes. No book will make you a great lover, especially if you're not interested in what it asks you to do.

No, their partners do not cause all of the sexual problems in women, but some can be solved, regardless. This book isn't about pointing fingers in blame. It's about giving pleasure...that's all.

This book is a GREAT guide for oral sex, and really only touches lightly on anything else (to avoid redundancy, according to the authors. To paraphrase, "many great books have been written on technique in intercourse" etc). The authors were very specific in the problems pleasing most women, orally and otherwise. It addresses that all women are different, there's nothing that will work on everyone, and tips on how to find out what your female partner enjoys.

Even men (and women) that *think* they know how to satisfy a woman would learn something from this sensitive, well-written book. It's full of sexy secrets that will bring something new to bed...or improve old acts.

WARNING!!! THIS BOOK IS ALL ABOUT PLEASING WOMEN, mostly orally. If you're expecting anything but a book telling you how to UNSELFISHLY please a woman... look elsewhere. I think the title covers that, but some people just don't seem to understand.

This is a technical guide on how to cause the female orgasm.

Almost every page has artful, but very helpful, illustrations. I also like the *very* open ideas this book supports exploring (anal stimulation, for example).

The book is written for men, to use on women, it translates well for women to use on other women, too. The sections discussing penetration with the penis could easily be done with the hands, or device.
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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Annex on September 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was extremely impressed with this book. As stated by the title, it is a guide to the female orgasm, so it focuses on that instead of intercourse as a whole.
It uses tasteful yet very useful illustrations and easy to understand directions. The tips in this book REALLY work and are a wonderful guide for men who really want to maximize their partners pleasure. Not all women are alike so they don't all respond to the same techniques. This book explores a wide array of ideas, and focuses on communication, to find out what a woman really likes.
I have read some of the reviews and have found a few negative ones written by men. But if the point of the book is to make a woman come, and the techniques listed in the book work (Do they ever, I'm STILL smiling) and focus on bringing the couple closer together, then how could a negative review be possible? Well, I suppose if a man is only focused on his own pleasure and is of a "get on, get in, get off and get out" mentality, then the book would not be of much use.
But as for you fine gentlemen out there who seek to please your partner and fine tune your techniques, I highly recommend this book. A satisfied woman is one who is more likely to spend more time on pleasing you. :)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Charles Runels Md on March 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Two reasons make this book worth the purchase:

1. It gives emphasis to the idea of the orgasm as part art and part technique. I practiced piano technique for years before I ever became proficient enough to "play" the piano and forget the technique (consciously). The book enphasizes the idea that technique isn't the answer; the answer is in the art. That idea, the art of orgasm, if caught makes the book valuable.

2. The pages on cunniligulus display clear, beautiful, and tasteful descriptions and sketches about how to practice the art in a way better than other books devoted completely to the tongue.

I wasn't that interested in the details of Ms Cattrall's life (I don't own a television, never once watched her show, and never found the personal testimony of movie stars convincing) except that she gives convincing testimony that a lover/artist who takes time to learn the instruments (his and his lover's body) can create a new level of pleasure and a new level of understanding. Also, it's probably encouraging for some to know that rich and beautiful doesn't equate with spectacular sex life.

The amount of information at first seemed less than the size of the book promised. But, if you enjoy a beautiful book (the feel of it and the sight of it), and if you carefully study the techniques offered in the section on cunnilingulus, THEN if you forget the book and the mechanics of the techniques in the spirit that a pianist forgets the scales--leting his fingers "play" the instrument, I think you may improve your art and find the book worthwhile.

--Charles Runels, MD
Author of "Anytime...for as Long as You Want: Strength, Genius, Libido, and Erection by Integrative Sex Transmutation (A 15-Day Course for Men to Improve Life and Sex)"
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on February 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book, like most books, has some strong and weak points. As one who counsels both individuals and couples and is constantly looking for reading material to recommend, I found this may be a helpful book for some, but the way it is presented may not appeal to everyone. To me, the book came across as rather technical in nature and more like a "Mr. Fix-it Manual" and for that reason it lost a big star in the rating. We may be talking about "home repair" here, but there is a big difference between repairing one's sexual activity and repairing a rusty faucet!
For many, sexual satisfaction is a natural human response - we all know when something feels good and when it does not. However, for others that spontaneous reaction does not come naturally and for an endless number of reasons. Perhaps it is poor technique, inexperience or past experiences, nervousness, surpressed emotional issues...or maybe the chemistry just isn't right. It takes two to tango! The book provides some helpful tips and techniques from a woman's point of view, and will probably be of primary interest to men, although I am not sure how many men will be enthralled by the rather "clinical style" in which this book is written. For male readers, you may want to read the book (any information is better than none as long as it is good information.) However, I would then suggest you put the book aside and have a close, intimate discussion with your partner (at the appropriate time please, not as your partner is frantically wheeling the shopping cart up and down the supermarket aisles) and find out just what does please your partner and what does not. Communication is equally important as technique. Sex is a personal, sensitive and individual affair; what pleases one may not please another.
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