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Editorial Reviews

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"Comfort never loses sights of his prime intention: to encourage people to give and receive pleasure. The Joy of Sex has as much to offer 2002 as it had for 1972." Claire Rayner "An improvable classic for anyone who needs to know about sex." Sunday Telegraph "An intelligent sex manual that is serious without being solemn." Desmond Morris "Witty, fanciful and mercifully free of moralizing." Time

About the Author

Dr Alex Comfort, M.B., D.Sc., was one of the world's leading experts in the field of human sexuality and renowned for his frank and funny writings on love and sex. A pioneer in the study of old age, co-founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, anarchist, social commentator, novelist and poet, he wrote over 50 books and countless scientific papers. A member of the Royal Society of Medicine and an Associate Member of the American Psychiatric Association, he died in March 2000, aged 80.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 30th Anniversary edition edition (February 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840007850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840007855
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,533,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TNH on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Oh, be nice to this book. You have no idea how much bad sex there was before it was published.

Seriously. Like, Comfort may have underplayed oral sex by today's standards, but he explained how to do it! With pictures and everything! He said it was fun! AND THAT WAS NEWS!

Granted, Alex Comfort liked armpits. But in the meantime, he was implying that you could kiss your sweetie in all kinds of nonstandard places, just because you liked kissing them there. Et cetera and so forth.

It was earthshaking. Epochal. Those were the days when sex was Penis First, Last, and Only, and if that wasn't enough to give a women orgasms, it was her fault. (Honest, people actually said that.) So many things in The Joy of Sex that seem obvious now were revelatory then.

And not only was the book instructive; it had a clean, harmless, friendly vibe that made things less embarrassing, and it sold well. Those two things made other, more sophisticated books about sex a lot easier to publish.

So be grateful. A little, anyway. If The Joy of Sex is out of date, that's a wonderful thing. It means we've come a long way since then. And in the meantime, it's still a nice My First Reader for sexual technique.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Burke on January 23, 2007
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this is a good basic to have in the arsenal. the tie-up, teasing trick is still one of the best ever. if one actually read the book, they'd get the hairy armpit thing - it's related to the section on the smell of your lover. take it or leave it, like everything in the book, it's just information. yes, it's hetero sex. no, it doesn't delve into anything extremely spicy - it's a starting point. most people don't start out right off with anal sex or whips and chains. those have their place as well, but this is not it. This is The Joy of Cooking of sex books - a basic starting point with enough so that you can know where you may want to seek more details. or not.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MAT57 on February 23, 2008
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This is a new edition of a classic book about human sexuality. It is informative, tastefully written and illustrated, and in no way pornographic. A good book for young couples (or older) who might wish to deepen their understanding of their own sexuality through expert advice and education rather than the cheapness of lesser books or porn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David D. on May 22, 2014
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Not a dry scientific tome but sex for lovers done right. Can't begin to describe what makes this book so different from others on the subject but a must have. Replacing my original copy from the early 70's, glad to have the real version not the later editions ruined by photos. The line drawings published originally are a lot of the charm of this book. One of the reviews made mention of 'obsession with hair' . . . well when this was compiled it was the flower power era and people didn't wax themselves naked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kathyleen combs on June 13, 2014
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Being the first time for marriage and sex for me, the book answered many questions to prepare for my wedding night. All the positions have been fun and interesting in trying. I would recommend this book to any first time bride that is a virgin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hersom on January 7, 2013
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This book offers a lot to learn and better understanding overall. Great for personal use, gifts, etc. There are some illustrations, and tons of realistic information and encouragement.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on August 1, 2008
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I (obviously) can't be 100% certain, but I think "negresse" is a play on the word "egresse"...meaning "the action or right of going or coming out; exit".

I don't think it has anything to do with race; just 'the back door'.
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By Anonymous5823 on October 15, 2014
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Great book! Some of the language and photos are funny because they are dated, but still great information.
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