- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (November 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080189395X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801893957
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,301,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Orgasm Answer Guide Hardcover – November 17, 2009
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Presented in a question-and-answer format, <I>The Orgasm Answer Guide</I> covers everything you could want to know about orgasms but were afraid to ask.(Janet Christie www.scotsman.com 2010-01-00)
The authors hit this one out of the park! Their book answers key questions with a unique combination of science, credibility, and caring.(Judith Steinhart, co-creator of the website, Go Ask Alice!)
This book answers the questions many of us secretly have about orgasms and many we may not even have thought of... until now. Ever wondered why people experience orgasms while asleep? What the U spot is? Or how machines and devices stimulate orgasms? Then this book is for you.(Lou Paget, author of The Big O)
A must-read for every couple. Pulling together reliable information from hundreds of sources, <I>The Orgasm Answer Guide</I> will expand your frame of reference beyond your personal experience. Written for a broad audience, I suspect it will nevertheless become a valuable reference for sexual health professionals.(Mark Schoen, SexSmartFilms.com)
Orgasm may be the ultimate subjective experience; it's impossible to know what another's climax is like. Yet these fascinating scientists and graceful writers deliver a book that reveals orgasm's universal truths.(Daniel Bergner, author of The Other Side of Desire)
Exhaustive, sweetly sex-positive, and funny in that unflappable science-nerd way.(Elle 2010-01-00)
Contributors, who are sexuality researchers and educators, give accessible, compassionate, research-based answers to 80 questions about orgasm. Good illustrations and comprehensive references complement a work that will be a valuable resource for sexuality educators and practitioners, and a great addition to the sexuality self-help genre. Highly recommended.(Choice 2010-01-00)
Beverly Whipple, sexuality researcher and coauthor with Alice Ladas of the international best-selling book <I>The G-Spot and Other Discoveries about Human Sexuality</I>, teams up with neuroscientist Barry R. Komisaruk and endocrinologist Carlos Beyer-Flores to illustrate a complete picture of one of the most electrifying and mysterious parts of human sexuality—orgasm. From the definition of orgasm to the effects of disease, aging, and drugs, to neurochemistry of orgasm and finally leading up to its connection with the brain, through this comprehensive and interesting journey, many questions about 'one of life’s greatest pleasures' are answered.(European Association for BodyPsychotherapy Newsletter 2010-01-00)
About the Author
<B>Barry R. Komisaruk </B>is Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University. <B>Beverly Whipple</B> is a professor emerita at Rutgers University and a certified sexuality educator, counselor, and researcher. <B>Sara Nasserzadeh</B> is a certified psychosexual therapist. <B>Carlos Beyer-Flores</B> is head of the Laboratorio CIRA of the University of Tlaxcala and CINVESTAV in Mexico. Komisaruk, Beyer-Flores, and Whipple are coauthors of <I>The Science of Orgasm</I>, also published by Johns Hopkins.
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I'm really glad I did.
Needless to say, orgasm is a subject that virtually all of us are passionately (pardon the pun) interested in, but how many of us actually know the science behind it? This book provides insight from the world's top sex-research experts on what actually *is* going on, how we get there, and the biology/physiology of orgasm. It also proceeds to answer a variety of questions that people may have wondered about for years-- are there non-genital orgasms? Why is the clitoris so sensitive following orgasm? Are orgasms good for our health (I certainly think so, but hey, that's just me), and what are some of the other health implications of having orgasms? Again, it's a great and informative guide to a subject that while we are all very familiar with, know remarkably little about. I think that is the true value of the book- finally understanding what IS actually going on during this experience, and not just with yourself, but with your partner as well.
Personally, I really enjoyed the book. I found it a nice balance of being technically informative while also being a fun read, which can be challenging. The authors managed to take a subject that can either be a little too racy or a little too clinical (depending on how it's presented), and create something that is neither, yet reaches a great balance. Instead, it offers scientific insight that a layman can easily understand, which I believe was their goal. And in my opinion, they did a very good job.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a definitive book on orgasm that will lead to a greater understanding of this phenomenon, yet don't want something that's written by Hustler or The Mayo Clinic, I think The Orgasm Answer Guide is that book, and I highly recommend it.
ѾѾѾѾ Recommended with warm fuzzies.
How much you like this book may depend upon what you had hoped to get out of it and what your expectations were based on the initial presentation of the book's cover and contents. This book is a very informative read about many of the Whats, Whys, and Hows of the O. Much of the book's contents presents medical research and previous sex studies that answer various common, along with very uncommon, questions about the O.
Two of the book's authors are professors at Rutgers University. Perhaps because of the academic backgrounds of most of the book's authors, the information in this book is presented in a very dry style of academic writing. The verbiage is not quite as dense as reading the "Journal of the American Medical Association" with that journal's presentation of medical research findings, but I get the distinct impression that this book's authors were not out to titillate and entice the reader. Most books about sex are written with a certain degree of cunning linguistic tact that inform you while teasing your curiosity to try out some technique on your partner. The bold snazzy layout of the O-R-G-A-S-M lettering on the book's cover is literally the extent of this book's use of color; there are no photos or diagrams of any kind in this book.
Reading this book will NOT help to make you a better lover (if that was one of your goals/hopes for reading it), although it does cover the questions of "What is the G Spot?" and (new to me) "What is the U Spot?" and "What is the A Spot?". But it covers these topics without the use of diagrams or graphics. Although the book's title implies that it is an "Answer Guide", the answers tend to be more clinical, physiological, and biological in nature, instead of being answers that you can use in the bedroom. The book also discusses various sexual dysfunctions and factors that can affect, influence, enhance, or detract from one's ability to achieve an O. But if you have problems either with reaching the big O yourself or with getting your partner to climax, this book does not offer "try these techniques" homework exercises that you can practice with your partner. On a more practical level, along with providing both useful and academic information on the topic of the O, I actually found that some of the more interesting answers presented in this book make for great "bar trivia" to share with your partner/lover or close friends (if a conversation ever drifted over towards that area of discussions). Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and it was a very interesting read!
The book also has a 1950s feel to it. Not only does it quote Masters and Johnson, but there are no--ZERO--mentions of same sex couples. Don't buy this book if you're gay because there's nothing in it for you. It assumes that everybody is straight and vanilla. In fact, it takes a scolding tone when non-vanilla activities are discussed. There's got to be a better orgasm book out there.
The book is set up as questions and answers with the answers being from a few paragraphs to a few pages. It answers all the questions well. Some of it seems pretty basic if you've had a high school health class. There is some helpful advice, but most of the book is factual rather than "how to".
So basically, I suggest you click up on the picture where it says "click to look inside" (at the top of this product's page). Then look at the table of contents. If it looks like you want to know the answers to a lot of the questions in the table of contents, this book is for you.