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The New Joy of Gay Sex Paperback – August, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0060924386 ISBN-10: 0060924381

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perennial (August 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060924381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060924386
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

As the authors suggest in their introduction, some readers, gay and straight, will be offended by this book's nonjudgmental, even accepting attitude toward "the kinkier aspects of erotic life." These activities include sex with animals, sadomasochism and "intergenerational love affairs" such as the relationship between an 11-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man. These repugnant sections of this revised edition of a 1977 guide to male/male relationships mar an otherwise useful volume, with new and updated entries reflecting the AIDS crisis, safe-sex practices and the upsurge of gay political activism. An uninhibited, no-holds-barred sex manual illustrated with 60 explicit line drawings and eight pages of color paintings, the book is also intended as a guide to coming out for closeted gay men. The alphabetically arranged entries conversationally urge readers to delve into psychosocial aspects of gay life and to explore such topics as body image, fidelity, homophobia, jealousy, parents and racism in the gay community. Silverstein, a clinical psychologist, coauthored the original edition with Edmund White. Picano ( The Lure ) is a novelist.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Charles Silverstein is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist who practices in New York City.

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2003
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Readers who hope to find in this book a how-to manual of gay sex will be very sadly disappointed. Rather it tries (unsuccessfully in my opinion) to be an "encyclopedic" reference from A to Z (with the emphasis on zzzzzz) on the "joyful" life of gay sex, and even then, the book turns out to be only alphabetized, not encyclopedic. Even on those terms it fails. E.g., how can a section about wills be part of the "joys". If anything, wills are a problem about being gay, and irrelevant to gay sex, joys or not. I would say that this book is not at all directed towards gays, who I'm sure will know much , much, much more about the subject than has been written here, but towards those who have a prurient interest, are mere gawkers, or who are timidly venturing towards it. If that is the case, none of these groups would be well-served by this book.The text is antiseptic, pedestrian, and boring, and the illustrations are grotesque, not to mention degrading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "sethlox23" on January 28, 2000
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This book is pretty descriptive in all aspects, But the illistrations are poor.
If your curious about what it's like to be intimate with eachother, I would have to say, Shop around for a better book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B L I N K on March 22, 2000
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This book has helped me through many hard times. Being a gay male is made much easier by reading this book. It teaches you a lot about yourself. Now my sex life is great, and I couldn't be happier! Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Bingham on January 25, 2012
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Unfortunately, books like this one give the "right" side of the political spectrum ammunition against committed, loving gay relationships. It's not all about sex, sex, sex. Sure, this book is a good illustrated encyclopedia of the gay scene's nomenclature however, I find it offers little insight into the joy that surrounds the intimacy found between two gay men who are very much in love.

The title of the book is quite misleading as the text reveals little about joy and much about lust and the desire for self-gratification. Instead the title is reminiscent of a certain famous cook-book preceding Julia Child. Sadly, the contents are about the same caliber: Recipes for different types of sex.

The HIV/ STD, STI information is 20 years out of date. It still casts HIV in a gloomy shadow, portraying those infected as roadkill with vultures circling above, waiting for a break in traffic to swoop in for supper. No information in regards to modern treatments is available in the book. If a person were to read this who possesses little or no knowledge of HIV they may yet assume that HIV is a death sentence for those infected and, that it is a disease that is almost entirely endemic to the gay community: Which we now know is absolute hogwash.
End score:
Encyclopedia of gay sex & terms- 4/5 stars
Book about the joys of gay intimacy- 1/5 stars
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matty Baltzer on April 17, 2000
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i juste loved this book. it gave me and my partner so many new ideas and things to try and really opened our minds to a whole new arena of pleasure. thank you!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1997
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Fifty or five hundred years from now, some archeologist of knowledge will unearth "The New Joy of Gay Sex" and marvel at its utter weirdness. Its sequence of subjects (Fetish ... Fidelity ... Finding a Physician) will suggest authors who are either mad or possess a very dark sense of humor, while its illustrations will project a bestiary of beefy humanoids with remarkable tumescence. The archeologist will wonder: for what race of creatures could such a manual have been intended?

We don't have to wait to wonder. It's for us. Read it and shriek.

"The New Joy of Gay Sex" is not so much about enjoying gay sex as surviving it. Inevitably, the specter of acronyms casts a certain pall across once-joyful texts detailing the fine points of rimming, scat and glory holes. When the first "Joy of Gay Sex" appeared in 1977, the worst its readers had to fear was Anita Bryant and the purple prose of Edmund White. Now we need a degree in medical technology to make it to the second date.
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