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The Joy of Sex: The Ultimate Revised Edition
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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful
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I owned a copy the original version of "The Joy of Sex." It worked fine for me then. Recently I moved and found the box I had packed it in had broken open. The only book missing was my original 1972 version. Explain that as you will.

I replaced it with "The Joy of Sex: The Ultimate Revised Edition." What an eye-opener in more ways than one: New pictures, actual photographs in addition to the drawings; new language and new topics -- not discussed and indeed not thought of in the original; and this time it includes my female perspective, not just his.

Joy Then has become more enlightening, more usable, and more fun in Joy Now.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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I read the first Joy of Sex illegally. I was only twelve and very curious. At a usually romp around the library where I hung out to read romance novels I stumbled into an unmanned resource room and found the book. I found a corner and in five hours I was schooled between the pages in what would be a life changing experience.

I distinctly remember the pictures of women with leg and arm hair and men with back hair. The majority of the pictures of people were all in one race. Yet I looked past all that and read the words that filled my head with knowledge about something my parents or friends knew nothing about.

At that time, I remember, the book didn't mention much about safe sex. I think there was just a little about it there compared to this version where it's not only spoken about for a while but often mentioned throughout the book.

Things have changed and the new Joy of Sex is wonderful.

The new Joy of Sex (revised by a woman - thank the lawd!) brings sex into the twenty-first century the way it should be. With women becoming equaller (I know that's not a word) out the bed, we still crave that take me, thrill me, please me. But we also love that take charge.

We want it all.

I was pleased by the new illustrations and photos, plus the detailed descriptions. This book would make a wonderful anniversary gift and a great new nuptial gift for all couples.

Sylvia Hubbard, Blogger of How to Love A Black Woman
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2010
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This is something that your library should not be missing. Updated graphics from the previous editions are welcome touches and are a very healthy aid to keep your love life alive; even when things seem like they can't get any better in that department!

If things are stale or non-existent, this must-have reference will be a welcome revitalization in any relationship, new or old.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2009
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Modern, couple oriented, tasteful. Start at the beginning, read it individually and then share it together.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2009
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since the original by Dr. Alex Comfort, was published in 1972, it has been reprinted many times. It was overdue for an
update and Susan Quilliam has done an excellent job. In the ensuing 37 years many things have changed and needed discussion, not the least in sexually transmitted diseases.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2010
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There is not much to say about this book that most don't already know.

This book will teach you all the basic things that you thought you knew but finally admitted that maybe you weren't all that and got this book to find out the truth. And then you became a better lover.

If you want to improve your sex life, start and finish and understand this book before you even consider moving on to anything else. Without actually learning these fundamentals, you're missing out on a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
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Between scientific information and playful tips.
Nicely illustrated. It's not porn at all, it's romantic.
Picture and illustrations show the same heterosexual couple through out the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2014
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It's "okay". It's a little wordy, it could have been written in half the pages. Excellent tasteful photos without being smutty. It has been updated and includes writing from an outside co-author to include a woman's point of view on the chosen topics. This book is okay for the complete beginner, however, I would suggest reading Dr Laura Berman's "Loving Sex" as a better choice in this genre.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2009
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I find this revised version focused on the woman's point of view. The man's needs are also discussed. The thick paper sdds substance to the book. The drawing and and pictures added senuality not pornography.
As an older person, I found it lacking in suggestions for couples with erectile dysfunction issues.
Overall a very sophisticated book that is easy to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2009
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This book is easy to read, very conversational and I was hooked by the use of food/meals (another natural desire) in the organization of the material. Lots and lots of pictures make it a favorite for me and candid commentary on the level of difficulty of some of the poses was also helpful.
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