The Joy of Sex

The Joy of Sex

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By (author) Alex Comfort

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  • Publisher: MITCHELL BEAZLEY
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 234mm x 35mm | 1,020g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845334299
  • ISBN 13: 9781845334291
  • Illustrations note: c.120 artworks and colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 138,716

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As a champion of trusting, loving relationships, this groundbreaking book advocates mutual respect and tenderness between lovers. A bestseller since it was first published in 1972, Alex Comfort's classic work celebrated human physical intimacy with such authority and clarity that a whole generation felt empowered to enjoy sex. No other book has come close in providing such an imaginative, uninhibited, and entertaining guide to lovemaking. The reasons for unfulfilling sexual relations today are different to those of Alex Comfort's original audience. This new edition of "The Joy of Sex", fully revised and updated by respected sex expert and relationship psychologist Susan Quilliam, contains over 40 new entries, bringing Comfort's original, frank advice up to date for the modern readership.

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Dr Alex Comfort, M.B., D.Sc., was a leading expert on human sexuality and one of the most versatile authors of the 20th century. A pioneer in the study of old age, co-founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, anarchist, social commentator, novelist, and poet, he wrote over 50 books and countless scientific papers. Dr Comfort also worked as head of research on gerontology at University College London, a lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and Adjunct Professor at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. A member of the Royal Society of Medicine and an Associate Member of the American Psychiatric Association, he died in March 2000, aged 80. Susan Quilliam is a relationship psychologist who works with the international Journal of Family Planning, the British relationship counselling organization Relate, and global advisory boards in the field of sexual health and dysfunction. Susan is also an advice columnist for several health websites, magazines, and radio stations and she writes, broadcasts and presents internationally on topics surrounding love and sexuality.

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"An intelligent sex manual that is serious without being solemn." Desmond Morris "Witty, fanciful, and mercifully free of moralizing." Time

Table of contents

A note on the updates and editions: Pink entries indicate brand new entries; Blue entries denote those that have been radically reworked; Black entries that appear to be new are, in fact, split from existing entries from the last edition; Both 'Venues' and 'Health and Other issues' chapters from the last edition have been subsumed into the other sections in this new book; preface from Alex Comfort; preface from Susan Quilliam; the art of lovemaking; on advanced lovemaking; Ingredients; tenderness; nakedness; women (by her for him); men (by him for her); hormones; preferences; confidence; cassolette; vulva; vagina; clitoris; mons pubis; breasts; nipples; buttocks; penis; size; foreskin; scrotum; semen; skin; lubrication; earlobes; navel; armpit; feet; big toe; hair; pubic hair; health; age; sex maps; fidelity; compatibility; love; desire; Appetizers; real sex; food; dancing; clothed intercourse; femoral intercourse; safe sex; phone sex; words; technology; priorities; frequency; seduction; bathing; beds; kisses; pattes d'araignee; friction rub; feathers; aphrodisiacs; fantasy; breathing; tongue bath; blowing; bites; l'onanisme; fighting; Main Courses; postures; handwork for her; handwork for him; mouth music for her; mouth music for him; clitoral pleasure; soixante neuf; birth control; his erection; performance; penetration; choreography; trigger points; missionary position; matrimonial; variety; upper hands; frontal; inversion; flanquette; x position; standing positions; rear entry; postillionage; anal intercourse; croupade; cuissade; kneeling positions; seated positions; turning positions; viennese oyster; sex during pregnancy; plateau phase; his orgasm; hairtrigger trouble; saxonus; pompoir; her orgasm; bridge; CAT position; venus butterfly; birdsong at morning; little death; come again; excesses; simultaneous orgasm; quickies; holding back; relaxation; afterwards; waking; Sauces and Pickles; playtime; Japanese style; horse; Indian style; virginity; clothes; boots; corsets; g-string; shoes; stockings; ben wa balls; boutons; leather; rubber; striptease; transvestism; ice and fire; body paint; skin gloves; ticklers; games; masks; fetishes; equipment; rocking chair; swings; jokes and follies; mirrors; trains, boats, planes; cars; open air; remote control; voyeurs; erotica; sex shops; les anneaux; penis extensions; penis pump; karezza; ligottage; blindfold; chains; harness; gag; ropework; hazards; merkins; dildoes; vibrators; pain; discipline; foursomes and moresomes; slow masturbation for him; slow masturbation for her; joy; afterword; therapy for sexual problems; referrals; further reading; index; acknowledgments.