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"The bible of anal sanity, featuring tremendous new thoughts and information.” -Susie Bright, author, editor, and journalist

"Based on original research that brought the topic into popular discussion nearly three decades ago,this new 4th Edition is the most insightful and readable version yet. It's simply the best book available on the subject." - Marty Klein, Ph.D, author/publisher, www.sexualintelligence.org

"Anal Pleasure and Health is the original guide to anal eroticism and still the greatest.” -Michael Castleman, author, Great Sex

About the Author

Jack Morin, Ph.D., has been studying the erotic adventure as a clinician and researcher for more than three decades, often delving into uncharted territory. He is the author of The Erotic Mind, an in-depth guide to what turns us on-and why. He's a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a faculty member at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. He practices psychotherapy and sex therapy in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Down There Press; Fourth edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940208377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940208377
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book itself is helpful, well-written, and definitely worth the read. The kindle version, however, contains a frustrating amount of grammatical errors. Within the first few pages of the Intro, I encountered missing spaces, lowercase words at the beginnings of sentences, and even omitted letters. For as much as the kindle version costs, I feel that this is unacceptable.
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Professor Jack Morin's "Anal Pleasure & Health" is a well presented book of information encompassing anal sexual health and the psychology associated with anal sexuality. In his book, professor Morin presents psychological strategies to fully enjoy anal sexuality and methods to maintain anal heath (hemorrhoids et cetera). He does all of this without preaching. Information is provided in a nonchalant manner. It's obvious that professor Morin wants you, the reader, to feel comfortable and free whilst reading his text. As a healthcare professional, I must state that his explanation of sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) in the appendix is perhaps one of the best I have seen. He explained various STIs that can be contracted via anal sex without burdening the reader with statistics or using big words that incite irrational fear. I highly recommend this book for those interested in anal sexuality.
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This book is truly amazing, dealing with all aspects of this most important aspect of every person. The physiological descriptions and illustrations opened my eyes. There is just so much ignorance about the actual structure and physiology of the anus, rectum, sigmoid colon, and descending colon. It takes no more proof than reading any number of sex blogs, and even Wikipedia. There is so much this book can teach you about the real physiology of these areas, as opposed to all the misinformation you will encounter on www.

However, there is so much more to this book than the physical aspects. Professional sexologist Dr. Jack deals with all the emotional, psychological and spiritual issues as well. I found myself agreeing with everything I was reading, and feeling really excited about it all! This book contains so much common sense and even mystical truths. Ask me: I have been practicing Buddhist meditation for 19 years, which has completely transformed my everyday experiences. This author knows what he is talking about, and what he says can be truly helpful and healing for any injured soul, including many injured behinds. You don't even have be interested in anal eroticism to benefit. It is also about good health, of which the anus, rectum and colon form an integral part.

Before reading this book I always felt a little uneasy about my very personal and long-standing interest in this subject, going back to when I was only three and knew absolutely nothing about sex. At that tender age I felt great excitement and an urge (itch?), but did not know what it all meant.
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This is a definite classic in the field, both for its accurateness but also for its comprehensiveness. It deals with important health aspects (safe sex & hygiene), how to approach anal sex practically, fisting, stress, douching, and many other important aspects. He does of course include both hetro- and homosexual perspectives. But what I particularly appreciate is his integrated mind-body take on this topic. He deals sensitively with attitudes, issues of power, how to open up a dialogue with your partner, and how to introduce the topic to a new partner. A non-dual mind-body perspective is always important in sex, but especially when it comes to anal sex. Bravo Mr. Murin!
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I am a community health nurse working with homeless young men, many of whom engage in very risky sexual activity. I use this book when we talk about about self care and risk reduction.
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This is a very good book on the hard to research of Anal Pleasure and Health. Even though this book was written a while ago I would still make the claim that it got most everything right.

A word of warning. If you are looking for a naughty coffee table book you will be very dissapointed. This has a very clinical way about it. That can mean even the most non squeamish people could be very turned off by the way it is written. That is okay though. What you end up with is all the information you could ever want (some you didn't) about the subject matter.

With this subject it can be hard to receive reliable information. This book has helped to solve that.
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It is a little simplified, and the overarching statement made that anal sex should never be painful is not my experience, although some people get off on that pain and it becomes pleasure. thus far I have not gotten past the painful stage.
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I just found out that a new version of the classic guide to all things anal, Anal Pleasure and Health by Jack Morin, came out with a new edition! I’m excited to see what the changes were and I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn about anal play, for men or women, and even for those who think they know a thing or two about the butt. Trust me, you’ll learn something.

Anyone who wants to learn more about anal eroticism, anal health issues, and psychological aversions to anal play should pick up Jack Morin’s book.
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