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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307592162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307592163
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guest Reviewer: Mary Roach

Mary Roach is a popular science writer and is the author of the books Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and Packing for Mars.

As the author of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex—available in paperback, CD audiobook, cassette audiobook, eBook, cortical implant, and semaphore—I feel the need to correct certain misleading passages in Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk.

1. Page 56: The stages of The Human Sexual Response Cycle (Revised). Stage 24, "Lingering Trauma," should follow Stage 25, "Quick Snooze," not precede it. Stage 22, "Disentanglement from Drift Net" may occur sporadically throughout the cycle. Duh.

2. In the discussion of "Creative Grips for the Advanced Onanist," the authors have included several potentially harmful techniques. I do not wish to be alarmist, but the "Clashing Rocks" technique has, to date, landed sixteen men in US emergency rooms and merited mention in the "Good Golly" column of Morbidity and Mortality Monthly.

3. Page 175. "Plugging Your Penis with Witch Hazel" does not prevent pregnancy. There is no known excuse for the existence of Witch Hazel.

Otherwise, all facts are correct and scientifically excellent.

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. A spot-on parody of earnest sex guides, Our Bodies, Our Junk is a hilarious and addictive page-turner co-written by The Onion staff writer Jason Roeder, Mike Sacks, writer-comedian Ted Travelstead, Daily Show veteran Scott Jacobson, and Todd Levin, who has written for Late Night With Conan O'Brien and Onion News Network. Their fictitious agency offers all manner of improper, inappropriate, and hilarious advice, including helpful pickup lines like "you might recognize me from your window," songs designed to help educate children about sex, such as "Doggy Honks the Horn (The Clitoris Song)," "Five Public Places You Can Masturbate Without Ever Being Detected" (including the pets department at Walmart), and "firsthand accounts of the alleged female ˜orgasm.'" Daring to answer such questions as "How Much Masturbation is Too Much Masturbation?" and offering sidebars on "Swinging: What Your Mailman Is Referring to When He Asks if You Party" and "Gorillas In the Mist: Navigating the Sexual Dynamics of a Health Club Steam Room," the team never miss an opportunity to skewer popular stereotypes and established facts in an acerbic, witty take on a prime subject. (Aug.) (c)
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This book made me laugh out loud so hard, I started to cry.
A. Sander
Every page is packed with jokes and bizarre visuals, and it tackles the issue of sex from more angles than I even knew existed.
Will T
Great writers dealing with an inherently (if unintentionally) funny subject.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Krimstein on August 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
From time immemorial doing the nasty has been cumbersome. Not just getting some, but the proper, sanctioned, socially acceptable way to do so. Now that the Internets have blown the lid off privacy, as we fumble around with each others zippers, thank heavens the AFBOS has delivered this obviously well-researched tome. Now we have a reputable guide to getting IT, not getting IT, and everything IN BETWEEN. With some stupidly funny and smart tips -- I particularly liked the pick up lines not to use, especially the ones involving Phil Collins albums. This is important and useful stuff. If only Oedipus had been my Facebook friend -- I would have sent him a link to this puppy and, before he was blind (he was the guy who became blind right?) he could have read it and laughed and Dr. Freud would have just kept working on bruises and things would have better for all of us. But we had to wait till now. So. What I'm saying is. I like.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Glaser on September 15, 2010
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Bought this book as a gift for a friend and they loved it... In fact they're talking about it so much I think I'm going to buy a copy for myself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Junkie on January 10, 2011
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This book is genuinely funny. If you are offended by sexual content and explicit language, obviously you shouldn't buy it. If, however, you think 'junk' is just plain funny and you're not easily offended this book's for you. There is a decidedly masculine spin on it, but that's part of what makes it amusing; the mysteries of girl 'junk' are still some enigmatic entity, always beyond the grasp of the male mind, addressing the "alleged female 'orgasm'". The book reads like a Sex for Dummies manual, including all aspects of human sexuality and the problems that may arise. It alerts the reader to important symptoms of virginity-loss such as the "new spider-like abilities". One learns the art of 'peacocking,' how to discuss sex at work, and how well a shrimp farm works as
contraception. The anatomical renderings of the male and female...er...areas are reason alone to buy the book, but it's just a gem overall. I'm not doing this book justice. I don't know how anyone can.

If you love random, irreverent absurdity and prefer humor that is politically incorrect and generally offensive to others, buy this book. Not for taking to the office. Keep out of reach of children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy J. Sales on August 24, 2010
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"Our Bodies, Our Junk" makes "The Joy of Sex" look like a bunch of trash from McDonald's thrown from a car on a highway in Maryland. Reading this book was the most fun I've had since I discovered sneezing. I especially liked the part about "The Mysterious Clitoris: The Vagina's Bigfoot," which relates, "Things we do know for certain: It's about the size of a bell pepper. Tastes a bit like fennel. When angry, spits out a red dye that stings." You can tell that this book was written by some really sensitive and sensual guys, Alan Alda types who would spend hours pleasuring a woman, as long as "Who's The Boss" wasn't playing on TVLand. This book made me EL-O-EL. Please buy it. I think the authors are very troubled and in need of our support.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alana Quirk on August 24, 2010
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Open the cover of Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk and enter a weird, hilarious world, where human sexuality gets the absurd treatment it deserves -- peppered with spot-on pop culture references and humor so sharp you might feel a little guilty even as you're laughing out loud. (For all you raised-Catholics, this guilt response when contemplating sex will probably feel familiar. Comforting.) The authors, a group called the Association for the Betterment of Sex, manage to combine lowbrow and highbrow into something altogether new and different (fauxbrow?). Smart humor for smart people, with great Joy of Sex-ish illustrations (only funny, ungross, and un-reminding you of your parents in the 70s). I'll be buying multiple copies as gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Gallagher on August 24, 2010
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Proof that it pays to approach sex with a sense of humor! That's how these five guys, who make up The Association for Betterment of Sex (ABS), decided to clear up the confusion caused by middle-school curriculum and pornographic playing cards.

Here, they take on the mission of teaching you about sex, "as a sexy, intelligent person deserves to be taught." Together, these five authors toss out just the right mix of sex, humor, and parody to pull this off. Being men, of course, they begin "Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk" with the most talented appendage, the penis. "It greets each day with a sun salutation, announcing itself stiff and proud..." or not. Use the book to learn the truth and spread a few myths about the big `O' and the "Calmer Sutra," something you're not likely to find in another sex manual. But then, why waste time reading another sex manual? This one wins... hands down.

Helen Gallagher
Release Your Writing: Book Publishing, Your Way
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YPR Lover on September 5, 2010
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I like comedy and sex. It took a masturbatory stroke of genius to combine the two, and the rewards are plentiful. This book is laugh out loud funny for anyone who's ever had an erection or just aspired to. And the ladies like it too. Just ask my real doll. (After getting my permission).

Did anyone say this book tickles their funny boner yet?

Anyway, by pretending not to be terribly smart or politically correct, this book offers some very sophisticated and hilarious insights into humanity's struggle to navigate the labyrinth of sexuality with as few hurt feelings or fatalities as possible.

Highly recommended.

Gladstone
Cracked Columnist
Creator "Hate By Numbers" Video Series
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