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The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us Paperback – November 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1573440882 ISBN-10: 1573440884 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 1st edition (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573440884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573440882
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Cure for cancer? End to world hunger? What's left to do after the publication of Felice Newman's definitive guide to lesbian sex? Drawing on a wide range of published sources as well as her own notoriously graphic questionnaire circulated by e-mail--stunning mild-mannered office workers as it reeled across their computer screens--Newman has compiled an exhaustively thorough how-to guide for practices as exotic as play piercings and as pedestrian as oral sex. Along the way, she offers a primer in sexual politics and lesbian manners at the turn of the century. The S/M hanky code is laid out once and for all. There is even a (brief, happily brief) section on celibacy.

Highlights include descriptions of sex writer Tristan Taormino's private consultation with Betty Dodson, the author of Sex for One described as "the mother of masturbation": "I was so excited about this adventure that I nearly peed in my pants," recalled Taormino, "I was going to touch myself for Dr. Betty Dodson!" (In the end, Newman reports, "Tristan earned an A+ in pelvic thrusting, but got a big 'needs improvement' in the breathing department.") Although it sometimes skimps on the details, especially with regard to women's health, The Whole Lesbian Sex Book is so rich, inclusive, and authoritative that it invites challenge. Now inventive lovers can ask each other: "Is it in Whole Lesbian?" --Regina Marler

From Library Journal

Newman's sex guide for lesbians is superb. Why can't more heterosexual sex manuals be this good? Newman, who, as the publisher at Cleis Press since 1980 has edited many other sex books, covers oral, manual, anal, and insertive-vaginal techniques with loving care. She includes a whole chapter on breast play, addresses safety repeatedly and thoroughly, and discusses transgender and bisexual orientations, SM, group sex, masturbation, and sex toys--all while acknowledging that some women prefer monogamy, some polygamy. Her bibliography and resource list are simply outstanding. Newman's work updates and embodies the best of the half -dozen other lesbian sex manuals in print) all acknowledged in her bibliography). Even though this book is aimed at lesbians, it's extremely suitable for heterosexual women (to enhance their own eroticism) and men (to tell them what turns women on). For all public libraries.
Martha Cornog, Philadelphia
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Felice Newman is a somatic coach who works with couples and individuals. She is an author and a founding publisher of Cleis Press.

Customer Reviews

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a must have for any lesbian. I know a few guys who could benefit from it too.
This book informs you, opens your mind to new ideas and places you might not have thought of before. I immediately wanted to grab my girlfriend and experiment.
It's not just a few hundred pages of stuff you've already heard before... and it's not just a dictionary either. Newman discusses issues around different sexual experiences and play. She gives tips and wisdom from experience.
She covers it all in a easy to read, informative, and very interesting way with an appeal to women who are just fantasizing about being with another woman, to those who have been with their partner for years.
Great buy!
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm so happy to have found a book that includes so many of us, not just the androgynous vanilla lesbians, (who have books already) but those of us who are butch/femme or into power-play, or curious and questioning about these things. Talk about straight-forward answers and real-life feedback from real women-this author has so much to offer, but she lets a lot of the info come from the women who responded to her survey. It gives me the sense that lesbians and bi women from all over are exploring and enjoying their sexuality more than ever. Very Inspiring.
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89 of 98 people found the following review helpful By . on February 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a tome of useful information. It contains not only the basics and standby's, but also a lot of creative ideas that will turn you from novice to sexpert with just a little practice.
I recommend this book not only for lesbian and bi-women, but also for men who like women, because the best place to get sex advice is from the people who know the parts the best. (Likewise I tell all my straight girl friends that if they really want to find out how to make their men scream with delight - they should read "The Joy of Gay Sex".)
Girls, if you are not that familiar with your parts or your partner's particularities, this book will open a lot of creative doors for you. Guys, if you are looking for tips on how to please those parts you normally only get to learn about *while* you are actually "borrowing" them, this is the book for you!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2002
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Excellent lesbian sex book that jumps from the usual grade school lesbian sex 101 to this great book of post graduate studies in lesbian sex! Fabulous!
Extremely informative! Detailed and explicit! Dealt with more intimate and specific issues, in depth information, using candid relaxed comments when discussing some traditionally taboo subjects.
Using humour and a relaxed writing style to set the tone allowing the average reader time to appreciate how in depth this book had been researched,how extremely tastefully done and presented.
The knowledge gleaned from these pages is invaluable for all lovers of women.
It is so detailed and graphic, on so many subjects and therefore may be offensive to some.
I was very impressed with the extensive research done,as well as the excellent resource section at the end of each chapter with an even more extensive resource section at the end of the book. Extensive resources for web sites, book stores, Bibliography, Index and so much more.
This extensiveness of this resouce section will also serve those lesbian women who have no other access to lesbian books except through these resource and source section.
Woman need this book, its information resources to gain extra knowledge for our own self knowledge yet we also benefit greatly with the delightful new knowledge of the joy in giving extra pleasure to women lovers.
This book is even available in Canadian book stores! A bonus for this Canadian!
A well researched and informative book! The author continues to seek readers feedback by continuing to include her questionaire in this issue.
It was the response from over 300 international women who responded thus providing the needed information for this first book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Erin Kathleen Harris on September 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful and informative. Especially if you haven't had much experience and are young. It answers questions that either women are too bashful to ask or have never thought about. Felice Newman breaks sex up into several catagories making you go absolutly wow and I hadn't thought of doing that before. She also answers a lot of questions that young lesbians need to know. Even if you are dating or even in a long term relationship you need to give this book a peek. It has some great insight.
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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on March 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
The tone of this book is a assuring and friendly while also being authoritarian on matters of anatomy and sexuality. The illustrations are very poorly drawn and this is a great disappointment because many women (and men) do not have the education and experience the book is really assuming on several levels and clear, correct illustrations could be helpful for them. Also the book isn't really about lesbians, its a women and women's bodies. Regardless of your sexual orientation and your sex or gender, I think you can learn a lot from this book. Your experiences may not be the same and that is ok, keep remembering that as you read and you'll get a lot from it.
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56 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2000
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This book has seen it's share of hype lately so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and read it. If you want a book loaded with lesbian safe sex then this is the one to get, however keep an open mind about this for everything the author states as facts is not necessarily true. Safe sex is important but a lot of the information about stds is unfounded and already obsolete. I was hoping to find more hot and dirty sex tips and such, this book was rather bland and offered up a selection of commonplace and intuitive practices. This is a good selection for the neophyte who is paranoid about lesbian safe sex but I would look elsewhere for some truly informative literature.
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