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5 of Cosmo's 20 Favorite Sex Tips Ever are from the Guide To Getting It On" -- Cosmopolitan Magazine--Cosmo's 20 Favorite Sex Tips Ever

"If you're going to own just one instructional book about sex, this is the one. Funny, hip, and informative, it's packed with advice about what to put where and covers every topic a couple could possibly be curious about." -- Women's Health Magazine--Sex Awards

In our vast library of sex books, this is by far and away the most human, enlightening and entertaining read of the lot. I'll be recommending it until my keyboard wears out. -- Cosmopolitan Magazine UK

"One of the few books about sex that you actually want to sit down and read." -- Playboy Magazine

"You've never read a manual as warm, friendly, liberating, thorough, and potentially sex-life-changing as the Guide to Getting It On! Neither had anyone in our office--which may be why our copies keep disappearing." -- Oprah Magazine

From the Publisher

We pride ourselves in keeping The Guide up-to-the minute and simply the best how-to book on sex that's available today. Perhaps that's why 'The Guide' has won five awards, has been translated into twelve languages, and is a favorite among sex educators and therapists worldwide.

Here are the awards The Guide has won:

Ben Franklin Book Award
Firecracker Alternative Book Award Best Heterosexual Book Award Best Book Award
American Foundation for Gender & Genital Medicine Book Award

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Goofy Foot Press; 6th Edition edition (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885535333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885535337
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul Joannides, Psy.D. is a training and supervising psychoanalyst. He is the author of the "Guide To Getting It On," a book on sex that is used in college sex-education courses and medical schools:

The "Guide To Getting It On" is now in its 7th edition and has been translated into 12 foreign languages. It has won 6 awards and has been praised in Rolling Stone, Playboy and Oprah Magazine.

Paul is on the editorial board of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and was formerly on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education. He has been asked to write chapters in some of the leading reference books on sex education and sex therapy. He has been quoted in the New York Times Magazine about sex education in America, and he writes a blog on sex for Psychology Today. His posts have received 1.5 million views.

Paul has given the opening keynote address for the CFLE-Planned Parenthood National Sex Educator's Conference and for the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference. The college campuses he has spoken at include Dartmouth, Yale, Tufts, Rice, Middlebury, North Carolina State University and Eastern Carolina University.

The NCAA approved Paul to speak to college athletes on sexuality as part of their
speaker's grant program.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By defilm on December 26, 2011
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This book is well written. It is written is a very "easy to read" style, and had they used such a book when I was in high school, verses the "Bury the head in the sand method" that the book burners of the world wish to use, we would have been far more educated and protected! At 16-18 it is unrealistic to believe your child is not going to be "experimenting" if not sexually active. It is rather sad that I know many friends that I have told about this book, are in their 40's and don't know half the information provided in this book. If you were born in the 60's, 70's or 80's I strongly recommend this book. If you are finished with High school, college, graduate school, and/or 20+ years in to your profession, READ THIS BOOK. If you are single or married, READ THIS BOOK. This is a book for both female and male alike. Single or married, you will be amazed at how badly you have likely been at having a much more satisfying sex life....That is, when the older of the
generations were coming of age, sex just was not something talked about. In fact, it is often a difficult subject between married couples married 10, or 20 years!! The language and information is explicit and plain conversation. The authors style in presenting the information is so comfortable that the 1000 pages can be consumed in a brief period of time. I have read this book, and I have gone back and read a few of the chapters a few times. Yes, in part it is a "Training manual". Yes, at 18, seeing one particular gal, 3-4 times a day was not unusual! Sadly I know now just how bad I was. Worse, married in my mid 20's, and through 30's I don't think I was that much better! Yes, issues that cover STD's, and medical issues impacting sex drive from ED to menopause are all covered.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Proebstel on July 12, 2011
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I gave it to my teenage son to read because I want him to get good information rather than the exaggerated version he was getting from sneaking internet porn. The most important thing is that it explains every activity from the standpoint that it should be attempted only with someone you care about and trust, which is something everyone needs to consider when thinking about sex. The authors see the humor in the topic as well as pointing out the dangers. All-in-all, it's a well-rounded book and great information for anyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bradley A. Jennings on August 6, 2010
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First of all, this book is over 600 pages long, and chock full of information (and nifty drawings of people having sex, etc...). I purchased it because I wanted a plain speaking book about sexuality that covers the gamut. I wanted something that provided helpful information to a married couple without the pornography, discussed sex during pregnancy, and helped explain sex to kids. Even though this book is huge with lots of technical information, it is very well written and easily digestible. In other words, it is written in plain-speak.

Some of the more helpful chapters included information about how to keep your stuff clean and healthy, clarified or dispelled sexual myths, and provided information that helped us just relax and enjoy each other (warts and all). This book also offers helpful information about dealing with sexual problems, rape, and sexual orientation. Like I said, this is a huge book filled with lots of reasonable, well thought out, information.

Lastly, this book has a small chapter devoted to explaining sex to children. If you have kids, or were a kid at one time, you know that everyone develops at different rates and in different ways. When those awkward one-on-one moments are in need of a clear explanation of sex, this book offers one approach. I'll admit, I didn't completely agree with everything in this book. Fortunately, the author is not arrogant enough to claim this book is the end-all be-all resource for sexual advice and information. But, it's a great place to start or continue your search.

I recommend this book, but keep it hidden from young eyes. No color pictures, but the illustrations get the point across.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Robinson on December 26, 2011
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This is by far the best guide to sex in the world. I love the candidness of the author and his nothing-too-sacred approach. He is also very non-judgmental in his approach, making this an extremely useful guide to exploring what may be alternative sex to some people, and normal everyday sex to others.

I say this book is "almost perfect" because there are a few omissions and disinformation. What is omitted is the author doesn't explain the difference between having sex and making love, the difference between clitoral and vaginal orgasms, the physiological stages of orgasm (arousal, excitement, plateau, and resolution) and what happens during each stage, and some basic but powerful sexual stimulation techniques such as erotic massage or Extended Sexual Orgasm (ESO).

As for the disinformation, on pg 291 the author describes the angle of the legs of the clitoris changing so as to hug the penis during arousal. In reality, the angle of the legs are almost at right angles to each other and permanently separated from the vagina by the bulb of vestibules. The bulb of vestibule does expand and hug the penis during arousal so maybe the author is confusing the legs of the clitoris with the bulb of vestibules.

Highly recommended to anyone and everyone who is not a prude.
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