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Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction Hardcover – August 18, 2009

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“Debby Herbenick's book with the great title Because It Feels Good offers a wealth of basics for anyone returning to or embarking on what America has demonized far too long: sex for the sake of pleasure.” ―Betty Dodson PhD, author of Sex for One and Orgasms for Two

“Loving your body isn't just about looking good--it's about feeling good. This book humorously and directly demystifies the path to personal pleasure in a way that every woman can understand.” ―Nancy Redd, New York Times bestselling author of Body Drama

“Debby Herbenick is the worldly, wise, warm, witty, daring, caring older sister we all wish we'd had. She's hip to the latest toys and trends, but she doesn't overlook the timeless essentials: good communication, basic anatomy, and olive oil. See ya later, Dr. Ruth.” ―Mary Roach, author of Bonk and Stiff

“Your sexual history is so much more than a number, it's who you are and what you bring to your experiences. With her empathetic approach and unquestionable knowledge, Debby Herbenick has written an empowering guide that will enable women to make sexual history.” ―Ian Kerner, sexuality counselor and author of She Comes First.

“What a phenomenal resource, grounded in the best sexuality research and beautifully written! The practical and creative suggestions make clear that even very small changes in our lives can go a long way towards enhancing sexual pleasure.” ―Judy Norsigian, Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves organization

“Fun and informative, Because It Feels Good is packed with suggestions to help couples to enhance their sensual and sexual experiences. A must-read for all women who want to feel good about themselves and their relationships.” ―Beverly Whipple, Ph.D, RN, FAAN, co-author of The G Spot

“Dr. Debby Herbenick helpfully addresses the full scope of women's common sexual concerns, focusing on communication and creativity. This is how sexuality education should be delivered-- with fun, style, joy, and expertise! Highly recommended.” ―June M. Reinisch, Ph.D., Director Emeritus & Senior Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute

“No two women are the same in terms of their sexuality. It is important for each woman to find out what is right for her. Debby Herbenick's excellent book will help women to do that.” ―John Bancroft, M.D., author of Human Sexuality and Its Problems

About the Author

DEBBY HERBENICK, PHD, MPH, is a research scientist and lecturer at Indiana University and coordinator of the Kinsey Institute Sexuality Information Service for Students (KISISS). She writes weekly and monthly sex advice columns for newspapers and magazines including Men's Health and Time Out Chicago. She is often called upon as a sex expert by various media from the Today show and Discovery Health to the New York Times. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160529876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605298764
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Although a newer sex book, it is already my favorite sex book to recommend (I work as a sex educator for adults). It's well written, easy to read, has great diagrams, fun quizzes at the start of every chapter and - best of all - the information is GREAT. It's right on, it's accurate and written by someone who totally knows what she is talking about.

A major frustration of mine is that a lot of sex books are written by random people who don't know what they're talking about but act like they do. These are the same people who wind up doing things that their partners find unpleasurable but they do them because they read it in a book or magazine (that was wrong!). FINALLY - a book written by an expert who is fun, smart, and clearly loves sex! Dr. Debby writes about sex the way it should be written about - like it's fun and something we can learn to find pleasurable, exciting and connecting with our partners.

This is the kind of book that you will read over and over again, or refer to when you want more tips on sex toys, vibrators, lubricants, how to talk to your partner about sex, how to talk with your partner *during* sex, how to kick your desire back into higher (or at least decent) gear, and how to have a healthy enough life that it spills over into your sex life.

I recommend this book all the time to women and couples. It's a gold mine of information and encouragement and sure to make your sex life better (even if you don't have a partner). Enjoy!!
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I highly recommend this book to any generation, but most particularly to MY generation, the Zooomer (the 50 plus) woman. We were raised with so little information about our own sexuality by our mothers that, for me personally, I did not have my sexual awakening until I was in my 50's. I was married for over 30 years and only a handful of times did I experience pleasure, but an orgasm? never! I thought something was wrong with me, very seriously wrong. I talked to an OBGYN who thankfully was from Europe and very open and she recommended reading material to me. I found that I was not as educated about my own body as I thought. It took an intimate experience after my separation, with someone I had known and not been in touch with for over 40 years, to discover what "love making", not SEX, was all about and how pleasurable and wonderful it could be with someone you are compatible with. Compatibility is important but more than that I found out that yes, body chemistry plays an intrinsic role in the pleasure factor. When you make love you do so not just with your body, then it's just Sex, but with your whole being: body, mind, soul and spirit. My lover is also a very good listener and very tuned into what works for me and I found that I actually, finally also enjoyed pleasuring him, an experience I never really had.
Reading this book has allowed me to become "intimate" with my own body and what makes it work, and HOW and why things give pleasure. I feel like I have finally found that "secret" I have been searching for all my life.... in my Lover and in this book. That emptiness that was in my life has now been filled, and we both have a very vigourous and active sex life and hope to until we are both very, very old.... I highly recommend this book to a generation of women who were never told, that making love was something enjoyable and not just to be endured!
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This book was okay, but not really for women who are in tune with their bodies, and looking to spice up their love life. This seems to be more geared to those not comfortable with sex and their own bodies.
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Format: Hardcover
Comprehensive sex ed in under 250 pages? You betcha. Dr. Debby Herbenick of Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion, and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction fame and repute has crafted a terrific primer for what's what in female sexuality. 'Because It Feels Good - A Woman's Guide To Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction' has hit the shelves and now there's no reason not to know stuff.

This book is a quick read - well-organized, funny, and, above all, practical. Each chapter illuminates and confirms with medical specifics, psychological insights, statistics on what's 'normal', and easy to visualize how-to instructions. There's homework. Don't worry, you won't mind. There's also an in-depth resource list at the back to guide you to areas of more specific interest or concern.

Dr. Herbenick was kind enough to visit with me to discuss what particularly interests her, the value of courage, and the terrific work she does on her website.

I'd love to see the statistics on how many bookmark it after having a look!

Our interview is available on the web at PsychJourney.
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As a Pure Romance consultant, I've had the opportunity to meet Debby a few times and I've seen how seriously she takes sexual education. When you are trying to learn more about womens sexual health, there are so many books available that mask themselves as "education" but are really nothing more than erotica and provide nothing of facts and figures and reasons. This is not the case with this book!

"Because It Feels Good: A Womens Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction" is written just like Debby is speaking to you: with confidence, with facts, with humor and with that bit that says 'I'm telling you this for your own good. You need to know this.' It feels like advice from a best friend, a really smart educated classy best friend that you look up to and would go to for advice.
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