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Sex: An Oral History Audio, Cassette – June, 1996


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Passion Pr (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886238081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886238084
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,575,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do people actually do in bed? That's the question that nagged at oral historian Maurer (Strange Ground, 1988, etc.), who, at age 44, realized that he rarely talked explicitly to his wife about sex, much less to others. To answer it, he interviewed about 120 men and women; here, in a smoothly edited, erotically charged report, is what 55 of them had to say. Maurer's subjects range from a 12-year-old boy just awakening to sex to a 68-year-old woman plunging into the sexual revolution by way of personal ads; from a happily married, monogamous man to a pricey prostitute and a man who would obsessively call pay phones to have phone sex with chance passersby. Each talks at length in baldly graphic terms about sex: what turns them on, what doesn't, and why: about orgiastic sex with strangers; intimacy with a spouse; the power-plays of sadomasochism; or techniques of masturbation, foreplay, and intercourse. At times, the text is so bawdy--Maurer admits in an preface that often both he and his female subjects were aroused during their talks--that it resembles nothing more than a collection of Penthouse letters. But the difference is that these confessions--and most do have a quality of the forbidden revealed about them--presumably reflect reality, not fantasy, and it's fascinating to be privy to the astonishing variety of sexual expressions on display. Maurer works hard to order his material, grouping the voices into sections like ``Masculine/Feminine'' and ``Turning Points''; providing intros to each; presenting cautious findings, such as on the surprising (to him) verbal openness of women as compared with men; but the testimonies here stand mostly on their own: revelatory, heated, shocking. Too haphazard and noninterpretive to rank with the comparable oral-history of S&M sex, Different Loving (p. 498)--but, still, opening a clear window onto the sex lives of the neighbors, for those bold enough to peep in. (First serial to Playboy) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Omni on October 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book several years ago and was deeply impressed by the creativity of the idea as well as the depth of the interviews. People truly open up and reveal hilarious, startling and scandalous feelings and motives about their sexual escapades. What makes these oral histories even more intriguing, much like Studs Terkel, is the fact that a basic outline of the person is given and at some point you come away with the impression that this could be anyone from anywhere. Which makes gazing across a large group of people in public, all the more interesting!
A great buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
I thought this was really cool. Fascinating, (not always sexy, but sometimes it is); it made me think about the wide range of sexual expression in our culture. After listening to this audiobook, I feel like I might be less likely to make some types of assumptions about people, and perhaps more open to them. I count this as an important "text" in my continuing exploration of sexuality.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
More than just a crufty, old guy talking about his prying into the sex-lives of others... It's more like Herotica, the histories of the interviewees are read well and in some cases fairly hot.
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