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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2011
In a day & age where one would think that sex or the conversation of sex is anything but taboo, in reality it's more taboo than ever. Dr. Brame has written a phenomenal, educational, eye opening and inspiring book with The Truth About Sex. Whether you consider yourself as open minded and explorative as they come or you consider yourself one of the most conservative, there is something (several things really) to be learned with this read.

This first of three volumes will open up doors of understanding & exploration while bringing a few chuckles by reading The Truth About Sex. I have it added as a gift for friends, family and our 18 year old daughter as well. I can not recommend this book enough and am in pins & needles to get the next two volumes.

Beautifully done Dr. Gloria Brame!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2011
"The Truth About Sex," is part 1 of a much-needed 3-part trilogy that cuts through the outdated old-world distinction, 'decadence,' all the way down to the bedrock of connected sexual relationship. Sexual myths are summarily identified and dismissed. How and why people connect sexually is laid out in a straightforward manner. Dr. Brame delivers straight talk about the vast and intricate fields of sex, orgasm, and masturbation. This work is not designed to shock or sensationalize, but to inform, and it does so in a brilliant, quiet, understated manner. A worthy addition to the libraries of sex educators, students, and pioneers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2011
I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Here is a book that should be handed to teens and every one over 15 for that matter. A common sense view on sex. Sex can and should be a healthy and happy part of every ones life. The taboo and it's "dirty" or "wrong" belief that many have about sex is alarming. A normal part of life is wronged when it should be encouraged and approached in a healthy manner. How refreshing to have a book that cuts to the heart of it and delivers in an easy to read and entertaining way. Sex between two consenting adults is okay and no one needs to feel guilty about it. Why do we allow something that's normal to be made so ugly? I loved this book and feel it should be mandatory reading for all for it's refreshing views that I wish everyone had. I look forward to the next two books in the series, I hope they will be out soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2011
FINALLY!! An enlightened approach to sex and sexuality presented in a thoughtful and common sense manner. Dr. Brame breaks down myths surrounding sex, challenging individuals and society to open minds and doors to sexual expression in its many forms.
Diversity IS the NORM in nature and is the norm in human sexual expression.
THANK YOU DR. BRAME!!
My highest praise: I am gifting a copy to each of my teenagers. May they find fulfillment in the fullness of life... including their sexual selves.
Can't wait for the next two volumes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
As a woman in her early 20's and a practicing Christian I want to commend this author for her professionalism, intelligence, and sensitivity. I was taught growing up that sex was a beautiful and profoundly spiritual thing. However, if in the wrong circumstance, (if you weren't married) a sexual act or even lustful thoughts would set you on the path of emotional and spiritual destruction. Naturally that terrified me into being a good girl. Only after when I went to college and I started crossing lines that I started to question things. Why is it ok for a man to hold my hand but not touch my breasts? It's all my body. Is my body bad? I had questions and this book was in a word perfect. It showed me that my thoughts and feelings that I was trying to surpress are actually quite natural. I never knew quite knew what a sexologist was. I always assumed it was a pseudo science but after reading this I see how it all fits together. Before my little sister goes to college I will give her this book. It's one of the most honest and enlightening things I've ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2011
Did you know that graham crackers and corn flakes were developed as a cure for sexual behavior?? I didn't either until I read The Truth about Sex,

a book written by Gloria G. Brame Ph.D. This book is the first in a planned three volume set that will give adults the basic tools to have a happy and fulfilling sex life. Brame makes the point in the book saying that the choices that people make are sometime lousy and that can affect how they not only feel about themselves or about their relationships. Brame goes on to say in her book that there is no perfect ideal for a person's sex life. As long as it does not interfere or disrupt their interaction with others or makes withdraw from society, it is okay. Basically what she is saying is that what one person may like another may be offended by. She is saying that variety is normal and natural. There is no set formula for the perfect relationship. This book was very refreshing to read. I have to admit I was scared at first to read it. When I first got it, I thought what I have gotten myself into. But I am glad to say I was pleasantly surprised by how refreshing and new outlook Brame gives to the subject.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2011
Dr. Brame has once again applied her well-informed yet conversational style to illuminating a topic long shrouded in myth, misinformation, and -- in some cases -- downright lies. She replaces medieval superstition with data borne of scientific research, third-hand hearsay with clinically-proven experience, and doctrine with a new model for thinking about sex. Nobody can read this book without seeing something of themselves in the pages. The stories and examples provide a catalyst for personal reflection and an opportunity to re-think most of the relationships around us. The result is freeing. Understanding often is. Her direct and respectful treatment of such a universally human topic left me feeling optimistic for both myself and society. The only negative is in having to wait for Volumes II and III.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 31, 2012
The Truth about Sex has everything I could've wanted in a sex primer: I learned a lot, I saw my own sexuality more clearly after reading her book, and I felt inspired & creative once my epiphanies sank in. Gloria Brame has a common sense, non-judgy approach to sex that was comforting and made epiphanies & inspiration possible. I think all ages would find this book fascinating, even if you think you've read it all about sex. Can't wait for the next two volumes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2012
(Replicated from my bannon.com blog post.)

I have been promising to post a review for The Truth About Sex: A Sex Primer for the 21st Century for a few weeks since I finished reading it. So here's the abbreviated version of the review:

Everyone should read this book. I mean everyone.

OK, with that said, read on if you want more details.

Let me say up front that Dr. Gloria Brame is a friend of mine and someone I have longed admired for her sound mind and wonderful writing. She is one of the most refreshing and qualified voices in the world of sexuality today and reading anything by her is a joyful experience. Her latest book, the first in what she anticipates will be a trilogy, is no different.

The Truth About Sex ostensibly focuses on the topic of masturbation, but in the course of discussing that topic Brame covers a wide swath of ground regarding human sexuality. Brame unabashedly embraces masturbation as not only a natural and welcome addition to anyone's sexuality, but encourages it as a means to mental and physical health which she backs up with many research studies without making the book at any time seem overly academic. It's written in a very friendly and accessible style.

Along the way as she discusses masturbation, Brame also discusses society's often misguided condemnation of masturbation, the intricacies and benefits of the orgasm, the hows and whys of masturbation, what is sex and the language we use regarding sexuality, various challenges people have around their sexuality, and much more.

Scattered throughout are real-life case studies from Brame's own practice that clearly illustrate the topic being discussed. We are given some wonderful insight into the world of sexologists and others who counsel people regarding sexuality issues.

If there is a single, underlying message I got from this fantastic book it's that "masturbation and sex is good" and anyone who tells you different is just plain wrong. That's certainly a message I can get behind and support.

If I have anything constructive to say regarding the book, it's that I wish Brame didn't use the term "unsafe sex" so generically. I have worked since the 80s in various ways within HIV/STD prevention and sexual health and I find the use of the term often misleading. Much the way many in the BDSM world now prefer the term Risk-Aware Consensual Kink (RACK) as opposed to Safe, Sane and Consensual (SSC), many in the sexual health realm prefer to use more exact terminology such as "safer sex" or "risk-aware, informed sex." This might sound nit picky, and perhaps it is, but it's something I feel passionate about. But this is no reason not to read this book. I'm already re-reading it for the second time now myself.

Do yourself a favor and buy and read this book. If you have anything to do with teaching or counseling about sexuality, buy and read this book. If you know professors teaching human sexuality classes, suggest this as required reading. If you know of anyone struggling with negative feelings about their own sexuality, buy and give them this book. You and they won't be disappointed.
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on February 2, 2012
With the rich experience of a clinician and eye of a poet, Dr. Brame's The Truth About Sex, dismantles many of the falsehoods and misconceptions in our societal views of sexuality. The book is rich with the candor of personal experiences from her practice and an accessible review of sexual history and relevant research. The Truth About Sex makes the connection between one's conscious and unconscious values and sexual choices. A thoughtful path is paved to increase one's sexual intelligence. The exercises at the end of the volume are helpful for those seeking first steps. This is a liberating book and an easy read from a superb writer.
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