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The Guide To Getting It On: A New And Mostly Wonderful Book About Sex For Adults For All Ages. Paperback – September 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Goofy Foot Pr; 2nd edition (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885535007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885535009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,180,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Yowza! If irreverent sex-advice columnist Dan Savage were to compile a nuts-and-bolts guide to modern-day sex, this would be it. The subtitle--"A New and Mostly Wonderful Book About Sex"--makes it clear that fun is the name of the game here. Think of it as a looser, more detail-oriented Joy of Sex, one as comprehensive and explicit as it is sensitive.

Suitable for gay or straight lovers, The Guide to Getting it On! "was written to help expand the consciousness of its readers," says the introduction; and indeed, it includes instructions for doing acts the average person has never heard of or imagined. The 25-page glossary includes modern and classic sexual slang terms, making this a book that parents may want to keep on hand for reference. Topics covered include anatomy, massage, sex toys, how to explain sex to kids, how to keep a long-term sexual relationship exciting, STDs, abortion, premature ejaculation, fantasies, "weenie angst," and more. While not for everyone, The Guide is recommended by Psychotherapy Book News, and one hospital in Oregon ordered 17 copies for its staff. Some people may be disturbed by its contents, but many more could be helped by it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The current edition is the 7th edition. This is the 2nd edition. The author requests that you buy the current 7th edition, as the 2nd edition is several years out of date.

The current edition is the 7th edition. This is the 2nd edition. The author requests that you buy the current 7th edition, as the 2nd edition is several years out of date.

The current edition is the 7th edition. This is the 2nd edition. The author requests that you buy the current 7th edition, as the 2nd edition is several years out of date.

The current edition is the 7th edition. This is the 2nd edition. The author requests that you buy the current 7th edition, as the 2nd edition is several years out of date.

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As sex and intimacy coaches we highly recommend this book.
Celeste and Danielle - Sexologists - www.CelesteAndDanielle.com
It is one of the best books that I have EVER read about sex...and I'm a Sex Educator!!!
"trailertrashgrrl"
This a wonderful book with an informative and humorous look at sex.
Eric Austin

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "admiralkatt" on January 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I can't think of a better, more enjoyable, or more comprehensive general sex book. "The Guide" has tons of information on a number of subjects. Much of that information is basic, but that's what a sex book is for, isn't it? And that certainly doesn't mean it isn't common knowledge; unless you've tried everything, you're going to learn a bunch. For you know-it-alls out there, it has a gargantuan listing of additional references (most of which are quite respectable, if not downright fun and sexy). If you're interested in kinkier, more unusual activities, this book will at least get you started in the right direction; if it doesn't tell you all you need to know, it will tell you who will.
Content aside, this book's winning feature is its style. The Guide approaches sex the way we all should (and usually don't): with intelligence and a healthy sense of humor and play. The language is familiar rather than cold or condescending, and reading the book is like talking to a close friend. It's a fun read, either by yourself or with a loved one, and it's best read all the way through.
And you're probably not going to find cooler pictures anywhere.
One drawback is the book's organization: although it has numerous chapters that appear well, something you'd expect to find in one chapter may turn up in another, and on some points the book gets unneccessarily repetitive. It's a very small price to pay, but it can be an annoyance from time to time.
This book is open, clever, honest, and funny. Whether you're a neophyte or an expert, you'll learn something new, and hopefully, your perspective on sex and sexuality will change a little. And you'll enjoy every page of it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mistress Manners on February 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm replacing my old copy with the new version, because this publication is my first choice for beginning sex-ed with my stepdaughter.

This book doesn't demonize consentual sex at all. It's about making consentual sex pleasant and safe for both participants, and it does a great job. It covers topics other books haven't even touched! For example, one picture flatly demonstrates that a partner who helps out with the housework is far more likely to get sex than one who doesn't. How many books touch that third rail???

There are pictures showing the differences between circumsized and uncircumsized penises, as well as genitalia (male and female) of different shapes and sizes. I firmly believe that these will prevent emotionally painful experiences for many young adults beginning to have sex. The information is accessible, and having read the book before I know it will break the ice for the more detailed sex talk with my stepdaughter with both humor and seriousness, while at all times giving vital information.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a birthday present at a bookstore when I ran across this title and laughed at it and took it to show a friend of mine who was there with me so she could laugh at it too. This must be the trashiest sex guide in the world, I thought.
Then I started flipping through it.
It was intelligent. And informative. And funny. And contained details and suggestions that I had actually never heard of. (The oral sex section in particular contains the most straightforward, clear and thoughtful instructions on this topic that I have ever come across, and I have not led a sheltered life.)
I bought it right away as the birthday gift I was looking for, but then ended up reading most of it before I gave it away. Now I'm back to buy another copy for another friend. The guy who gave this just one star probably was expecting another clinical social sex review with funny anecdotes, and not a guide that gives you detailed sexual advice that you can actually use. This is also not simply a book of positions, or a book of thinly disguised porn with deep-throating instructions. The advice given here is realistic, honest, and very, very useful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I seem to have accumulated a collection of "sex manual" books. Some are funny, some are academic, etc. _The Guide To Getting It On!_ is fabulous. From a woman's point of view - there's a lot of men out there that could benefit from reading this book. I'm not putting down men, either!! I just haven't read such a simple and straightforward approach about women and sex before. Plus you just can't help laughing out loud every once and a while.
The chapter about explaining sex to children is fabulous, too, and I'd highly recommend it to parents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
That's what my friends all said when they picked up this book, right before they sat down with it and were immediately engrossed. After having read the first edition many, many times, I was a big fan of the Goofy Foot Press's work. The second edition is even better, with more tips, more chapters, and some extra special added pictures. This book is honest and refeshingly humorous without being silly or patronizing; in fact, it's a lot like talking to a friend about sex. One of the best parts of the second edition is the personal quotes from readers. This book offers hints, tips, and ideas that you might not have thought of before. I know I didn't. It's an easy and fun read to share with your partner. Good luck, kids, and remember, it's more than just pictures! ;)
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