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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex: But Were Afraid to Ask Mass Market Paperback – October, 2000
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However, it is definitely NOT a book I'd recommend to anyone seriously looking for information or insight. It's hard to fathom how, as a psychiatrist, Dr. Reuben could have been so dismissive, clueless and judgmental when he wrote this. As a teenager during the mid-'70s, I purchased a paperback copy at a yard sale, and even at that age, was able to appreciate how ill-informed Dr. Reuben's opinions were. Anything he does not seem to understand, he dismisses as a sad, self-destructive deviation. It's sort of ironic that this book was so tied to the sexual revolution, given how narrow-minded and puritanical Dr. Reuben's thoughts and ideas in fact were.
Hopefully, anyone looking for real information nowadays will have the good sense and judgment to look to any of the more recent books written by credible authors that have supplanted it. On the other hand, those wanting a good laugh should definitely look for a USED copy of "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex". (Don't bother paying full-price for a new copy, it's definitely not worth it.) Frankly, I was to find that the book -- *updated* or not -- was still in print.
Boy, was I ever wrong!
Flipping it open and reading it, I find that "sex" to Dr. Reuben doesn't equal a discussion and understanding of the different types of intercourse so much as it equals "conservative beliefs of religion and marriage", to which might be acceptable to some, but clearly not to me. The biased slant was clear from the get-go, and if Dr. Reuben didn't find it clear enough, he goes further to criticize any form of role-playing as well as foreplay which does not adhere to his apparently tried-and-tested methods of normalcy.
The very thing about "sex" is that it has to be fresh, it has to be made interesting, it must arouse both parties (maybe more, but we won't go there... Dr. Reuben clearly doesn't WANT to go there) and everyone who's above 20 knows that boring sex is the first step on a way to a destroyed marriage.
Dr. Reuben, for all his support of the traditional marriage-and-sex system, clearly doesn't want couples to stay together very much, for he proposes normalcy, routine, and repeatability.
At times, it even becomes offensive, as he suggests that gay sex is nothing more than a matter of going into toilets, doing some footwork under the stall separations, and become something like an emotionless act of oral sex through holes drilled in the separations. Other times, he criticizes menstrual woman for their "masculinity", and for their decreased sex drive, which then suggests Dr Reuben is nothing more than a masochistic, male chauvinist with a medical degree, masquerading to be an authority, which he is anything BUT.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this a long time ago. I think that everyone should read this book and a must read for sex education in schools.Published 9 months ago by Trina K. Taylor
One of the most homophobic bestsellers ever printed. Full of misinformation about homosexuality, lesbianism, and numerous other topics. Read morePublished 11 months ago by B. Judell
It is the book I remember from my teen years - only with updated information! A wonderfully helpful tool!Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Perhaps the most damaging, sex-negative streak of vile lies ever published. I first read much of this 'book' in the early 1980's. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Paul Forster
Arrived on time; Exactly as described; Very Pleased with product. Awesome Book - with straight forward answers.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer