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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 3 Rev Exp edition (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060012749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060012748
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Anal sex, Barebacking, Cruising-the ABCs of gay male sexuality get neatly presented here in an encyclopedic format with a savvy, knowledgeable attitude. A good number of the entries, though, seem unnecessary: perfunctory explanations of kissing ("an integral part of the entire experience of making love"), pornography ("the object is to turn you on") and phone sex ("use adjectives describing yourself and your favorite sexual scenes. If you don't know which words to use, watch a porn video and note those words that turn you on"), for example, will enlighten only the very inexperienced. Psychologist Silverstein and author-poet Picano make a notable attempt in this edition to define crucial elements of the "changing sociopolitical landscape of gay men's lives in the early twenty-first century" by including such topics as HIV "cocktail" treatments, bisexuality and transgenderism and the internet's role in helping fetishists connect. But many entries continue to feel sanitized, despite the authors' decision to use sexual slang and expletives. Others need a dose of editorial Viagra to provide clued-in readers with the kind of candid, useful information they might be searching for. Entries addressing issues such as domestic violence, gay liberation and civil rights feel out of place in a manual dedicated to the machinations of sexuality complete with illustrations depicting everything from fisting to sex parties. Originally published in 1977, four years after the American Psychiatric Association reversed its decision labeling homosexuality a mental disorder, The Joy of Gay Sex continues to be a popular resource due to its "permissive tone about sex," an important feature and one that has been carefully retained in this revised edition. Readers may object to the title (which lacks the word "male"), the illustrations (which almost solely feature wiry, tattooed and hairless men) and some of the theories (the "daddy/son scene" may be enjoying increased popularity owing to a "greater need for good parenting"), but this is nevertheless a needed title.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr. Charles Silverstein is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New York City. He is best known for his presentation before the Nomenclature Committee of the American Psychiatric Association that led to the removal of homosexuality as a mental illness from the organization’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.



Felice Picano’s first book was a finalist for the PEN/ Hemingway Award. Since then, he has published twenty volumes of fiction, poetry, and memoirs. Considered a founding member of modern gay literature along with other members of the Violet Quill Club, he founded two publishing companies: SeaHorse Press and Gay Presses of New York. Among his award-winning books are the novels Like People in History, The Book of Lies, and Onyx. He lives in Los Angeles.


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Customer Reviews

Very informative with a lot to read.
Joey Ramirez
This book is full of helpful information and advice and, again, I highly recommend this book to anyone new to the gay scene, or even just as a reference.
Jerrid
I haven't had time to sit down and actually start to read the book but I have began flipping through it and what I have read is very well written.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A guy on July 8, 2012
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This is a strange and sometimes repugnant book.

Given the title and the picture on the cover, it would seem obvious that the subject of this book would be sex between human males. While there is some of that, the book is grossly overburdened with all sorts of other stuff that has next to nothing to do with sex between human males. How about a chapter on "Insurance and Wills"? Well SURE that has a lot to do with gay sex, right?! Wrong.

The writing of the authors is often arrogant, authoritative, and even just flat wrong at times. As to the last point, keep in mind that this book's copyright is 2003. I knew that when I purchased the book, however, given the numerous positive reviews here on Amazon.com, I ignored that fact and wasted my money purchasing the book and polluting my mind with its contents.

Oddly, this book is arranged like an encyclopedia: A to Z. Body Image before Cruising, Gay Politics before Licking, Shaving before Spirituality. True, those are actual 'chapter' titles.

The authors clearly demonstrate their sense of superiority and objective to put down the reader by using such terms as "insuperable", "locus", "saturnine", "oleaginous". Seriously. I'm well educated and those are not words I ever hear in conversation or media. To further boost their egos, the authors will use a silly or childish word instead of the proper word. Case in point: "Comfy" instead of "comfortable". Not surprisingly, the book overflows with blatant opinions as if the authors just can't settle for explaining things.

As for quality information, there is some here but the book certainly isn't brimming with it. Here's one mistake: "Saliva also serves as a good lubricant." Oh really? Compared to what, glue?
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jerrid on July 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book! It was chalk-full of clearly presented, mostly objective information. There wasnt preachy like some books can be... It was very objective, gave u the option of assigning ur own opinion... The only preachiness was of things that could be hazardous to your physical/mental health. The authors have a very optimistic attitude toward sex, which is extremely refreshing, and they basically say that if you follow safe sex guidelines and avoid people, places, and situations that might cause unsafe sex, u can lead a satisfying and healthy sex life.
This book is a must read for anyone new to the gay scene as it provides information on a wide variety of topics and makes u aware of certain scenes and practices and risks associated with them. I found the information on AIDS and HIV and also the section on STD's VERY helpful. It cleared up many questions I had and debunked all the false info.
I especially enjoyed this book as it was written in part by a psychologist, and so the information was given in a kind of psychologically logical way. Since many of the sections dealt with sexual practices, they are behaviours and the author presented them as such and goes into possible sources for these behaviours and preferences.
I enjoyed the illustrations even thought they were only pencil illustrations. They were exceptionally done and I actually got turned on by them LoL
Also the Appendix supplied me with many useful resources for other books and helpful organizations for future reference.
This book is full of helpful information and advice and, again, I highly recommend this book to anyone new to the gay scene, or even just as a reference. This book has become an invaluable reference for me, and I hope it becomes the same for all of you as well!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Derek Williams on June 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
due to the complete lack of any sex education for gay men when I was a student, owing to the fact that the system assumes all students are heterosexual and educates them as such, I had to learn about sex "on the road" so to speak - this book is a serious attempt to redress this - well done
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kiren Carpenter on May 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a gay man I knew about most of topics covered in this book. However it's been on my "to read list" for some time. It was well written and in a way that I could understand. I agree with most if not all of the authors views. The only complaint that I have is the tone that he took on the subject of "foreskin" Telling readers to "grow up" for being pro or anti-circumcsion was not needed. Otherwise the book was really good and I would recommend it to anyone who is gay. Or to the parents of recently "outted" gay teens and young men...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timmy B on March 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a gay man who has finally accepted what he is, and just out of my closet, I found this book to be very imformative. Makes me want to practice several of the passages I read, and illustrations I saw. Now if I can just find a man who can initiate me into the wonderful world of all male sex. The book is both informative and erotic
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37 of 53 people found the following review helpful By V. Cummings VINE VOICE on March 22, 2006
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I don't know about anyone else but I do not know to many gay men that are into animal sex, yes I said animal sex - who in the hell thought it would be okay to put that in a book?? An ordinary straight person would pick this book up and see that and deffintly say we are all sex addicts! I do have to give the book a lot credit it covers a lot of ground but some in very little detail and some in great detail. I just think they could of done better!
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