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Comment: Softcover. Reprint. Illustrator: Yvonne Gilbert, Charles Raymond & Patricia Faulkner. Full Title: The Joy of Lesbian Sex. A Tender and Liberated Guide to the Pleasures and Problems of a Lesbian Lifestyle. Illustrated. Text body is free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding firm. Edge marked. Covers marked and creased. Condition: Used; Good. Size: 4to - over 9.75 - 12" tall. 191 pp. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Sexuality & Gender; Modern; Sociology & Culture. ISBN: 0671240803 Inventory No: 12674.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An Amazing History 16 Sept. 2007
By Dr. Janet Hammock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This astonishing book should be read by anyone with an interest in the history of lesbians and sexual practices in the United States in the last few decades of the 20th century. While it is about lesbian sex, WHAT is written and illustrated, and HOW it is written, make this book uniquely interesting -- more interesting by far than most similar books published today. The illustrations are breathtakingly explicit -- certainly more graphic than most other publications of the period. The writer is frank, outspoken, detailed to a fault, and very humorous! This must have been a most welcome indepth guide for women-who-love-women living in the 80's who were seeking information on "what to do"! A must-read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting only for a few laughs and for historical purposes 8 Mar. 2013
By Viva_Viv - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I remember finding this used when I was around 19. I couldn't believe how biased it was. Being reasonably familiar with feminist trends over history, I could see this must have been written by a "Lesbian feminist" (not to be confused with a feminist who happens to be lesbian, but rather meaning the specific movement within feminism in the 70s that was quite radical). It's sectioned alphabetically like an encyclopedia. I may have learned a bit from it, but what stands out in my memory is reading entries on things like "tucking" (tucking your partner under the covers when they've fallen asleep) which had a big write-up (I'll agree that tucking can be affectionate and sweet, but sexual? I don't think so). But then under sadomasochism it basically said that lesbians never participate in any of that because it's a creation of the patriarchy and lesbians are all equal so don't play power games. Again, seriously? You're just gonna leave it at that, rather than examine whether some do genuinely enjoy those games (which, as a matter of fact, many do, and are quite happy). I suppose it's a product of its time, and was probably the first book to even recognise lesbian sex, so it served its purpose (just as The Joy of Sex is also outdated and biased in its own ways).
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Review 15 Dec. 2011
By Trish Y - Published on
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This book is very good for its subject matter. Since it was written in the 1970's, it is a little out-dated, but is well written for the time period.
Definitely a classic book, a bit outdated in some aspects..... 31 Mar. 2014
By Leyla - Published on
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Definitely a classic book. Older and some of the health, hygiene, social advice is a bit outdated. Overall a decent find, but it is in some ways almost a book to look at as evidence of social change and gay culture history/evolution.
Entertainingly dated, interesting historical perspective 22 Feb. 2013
By xippi - Published on
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This book did not teach me much that I didn't already know (or that I hadn't specifically avoided knowing! -- see e.g. the entry under "Big Toe"). However, it was really interesting reading to see how far we've come since the 1970s and to imagine how empowering this book must have been for people when it first came out. It was also fun(ny) to read aloud before bed with my girlfriend -- entertaining, but not at all erotic. We laughed ourselves silly at some of the advice.
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