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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; Reprint edition (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399528539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399528538
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hutcherson, codirector of the New York Center for Human Sexuality at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, believes that many women have unfulfilling sex lives. They may be hesitant to speak to their partners, uneasy about their appearance or, most likely, they simply have questions they've never been able to ask about sex. An obstetrician and gynecologist for more than 20 years, Hutcherson believes the key to better sex is knowledge. She offers a comprehensive look at men and women's bodies, including key information about erogenous zones, as well as chapters on different elements of sex, such as kissing, intercourse and oral stimulation. Hutcherson also discusses special topics such as sex during pregnancy and after menopause, and has a useful, albeit too brief, chapter on teaching daughters the facts. Complete with diagrams of anatomy and sex positions, this book is aimed at helping women first become more comfortable with their own sexuality, then work on their sexual relationships. Hutcherson's suggestions about massage, getting away from the kids for a weekend and being creative in bed are not unique. But her approach is so thorough and the writing so reassuring that even readers who would otherwise never pick up a sex manual will likely be comfortable with and grateful for this book.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Would that all mothers knew as much about sex as gynecologist and Columbia University professor Hutcherson! Her book, divided into five parts, is comprehensive yet neither confusing nor overwhelming. She begins with a section on female and male sexual anatomy, going into much detail about the vulva/vagina and offering a useful list of "things to do with a soft penis." Part 2 is a basic sex manual that discusses kissing, touch, outercourse, oral sex, anal sex, intercourse, and "enhancers." The next part covers keeping in shape, birth control, and safer sex, followed by a section on sex during pregnancy, aging sexuality, and talking to one's daughter. Part 5 is especially thorough, covering a wide variety of medical problems and psychological issues, from the effects of diseases and medications on sex to sexual dysfunctions. Even with all this detail, the book is a user-friendly and easy read, with sidebars and good illustrations. Although heterosexually focused, it's gay-friendly. This reviewer's only wish is for even more illustrations. If you have limited funds for updating your public library collection on female sexuality, this is the book to buy. Martha Cornog, Philadelphia
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A great addition to the family library.
"goddessochun"
This is a great book, written in a very easy to read style and full of information that everybody should know.
skydog
This book is a must read for women, and men who want to be well informed about women.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By "goddessochun" on June 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As an HIV/AIDS/STD and Sexual Wellness educator, I am constantly surprised by how little women know about their bodies and how they work. I've met grown women who think the vulva is a compact Volvo and that semen is Navy personnel. Dr. Hutcherson's book is fantastic! She gives factual and insightful information in plain English that's accompanied by great illustrations. A woman's sexual health and gratification is her responsibility, not her partner's. If a woman is uncomfortable exploring her own body to discover what pleases herself, how can she expect her partner to? Far to often I hear women complaining that their partners don't satisfy them sexually and I always ask them, "do you satisfy yourself sexually." The response is usually that it's his/her responsibility to please them or that they NEVER, EVER touch themselves. I tell them to quit complaining because if they don't know how to please themselves, why or how can someone else. This book should be read by women and men, both young and old, because far too many people are having sex but not talking about it which results in sexual dissatisfaction, unplanned pregnancies, STDs, and wasted energy. A great addition to the family library.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2003
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I bought this book because my sex life wasn't fulfilling -- I was frustrated and trying to figure out what might have been physical vs. my own inner state vs. issues with my boyfriend.
I think this book covers a lot of ground, but from a "technical" perspective rather than the psychological one I was particularly interested in. To me the material seemed basic -- I've grown up with fairly comprehensive sex education (at least about the mechanics & health of it all) and live amongst people where sex isn't taboo. A lot of the information gets covered in other sources, like magazines (for sex-technique tips), good internet sources on sexual health, etc.
But if you've never been exposed to this information before, this is a very comprehensive and solid book. I think it would be a good read for a teenage girl. The frank discussion about techniques to improve your sex life might seem a bit over-the-top for a 16 year old, but womens' magazines and the Kama Sutra discuss this stuff too. Seems to me that women are going to encounter sex sooner or later, and in this book it's being discussed in its entirety: the sex tips are alongside anatomical information, health & safety, emotional maturity in sex, etc. The book communicates that sex is positive but requires maturity and responsibility.
The one thing that made me feel a bit disconnected from it was that it seems to be written to people who have been conditioned to think that sex is bad, dirty, or whatever. I didn't have that, so it was frustrating that the author assumed my issues stemmed from being told by the church or whatever that sex is bad.
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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful By miriam biddelman on May 27, 2002
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I find Dr. Hutcherson's book to be groundbreaking. Not only does she cover what your mother never told you, but she addresses and answers those questions about sex and male and female sexual funcioning that our mother's had to cause to think about. Times have changed and this book needed to be written.
Not only is the content in the book comprehensive, but Dr. Hutcherson writes in a familiar tone, not that of a physician to a patient, but of a woman to a woman, or a man (I see this book being read by both sexes).
As a sex therapist I found her book informative and gave the book for Mother's Day Gifts. This book is cutting edge; her chapters from anatomy to chapters on delicacies are educational, and can be used as a practical handbook for everyone. This book is 5 stars! It enhances lives and is a "must read" for women and couples everywhere.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "rsalston" on July 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for women, and men who want to be well informed about women. I am a 32 y/o woman and learned all sorts of new fun and interesting information from this book about sex and my body. I have also highly recommended it to friends with daughters because I wish my Mom would have had this tool. There is a chapter dedicated to talking to girls about sex.
I look forward to additional books by Dr. Hutcherson.
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72 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2002
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I highly recommend this book for any woman who desires empowerment via self-knowledge, understanding and celebration.

Dr. Hutcherson shares with the reader subject matter which could conceivably make the sexually insecure squeamish, yet she does so with such a reassuring and highly professional voice, that only the most highly repressed could find any cause for discomfort. In just reading the section on the female anatomy, I have learned basics that had eluded me throughout what I thought had been a complete and thorough lifetime of learning.

I also recommend the book to any man who is interested in better understanding his female partner. I can picture sensitive young college men flocking to this one, because it holds no myth, only fact, and includes ideas for both exploration and learning.

What Your Mother Never Told You About S-E-X, is a most excellent, thorough and practical primer for sexual heath, safety and enjoyment. Hooray for Dr. Hutcherson! It is about time a book like this was written.
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