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The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us Paperback – 31 Oct 1999

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 1st edition (31 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573440884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573440882
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cure for cancer? End to world hunger? What's left to do after the publication of Felice Newman's definitive guide to lesbian sex? Drawing on a wide range of published sources as well as her own notoriously graphic questionnaire circulated by e-mail--stunning mild-mannered office workers as it reeled across their computer screens--Newman has compiled an exhaustively thorough how-to guide for practices as exotic as play piercings and as pedestrian as oral sex. Along the way, she offers a primer in sexual politics and lesbian manners at the turn of the century. The S/M hanky code is laid out once and for all. There is even a (brief, happily brief) section on celibacy.

Highlights include descriptions of sex writer Tristan Taormino's private consultation with Betty Dodson, the author of Sex for One described as "the mother of masturbation": "I was so excited about this adventure that I nearly peed in my pants", recalled Taormino, "I was going to touch myself for Dr Betty Dodson!" (In the end, Newman reports, "Tristan earned an A+ in pelvic thrusting, but got a big 'needs improvement' in the breathing department".) Although it sometimes skimps on the details, especially with regard to women's health, The Whole Lesbian Sex Book is so rich, inclusive, and authoritative that it invites challenge. Now inventive lovers can ask each other: "Is it in Whole Lesbian?" --Regina Marler


Discusses techniques and safety issues involved with lesbian sex.

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67 of 81 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
the best guide out there, if you don't know what you're doing when it comes to lesbian sex then this is the book for you. If you do know, then but it anyway, you can still learn more!
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16 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Dominique the bush Smith on 7 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book on one of those long, lonely nights. I recently split up with my long-term girlfriend, and wanted a bit of company, or simply something to take my mind off missing my Butch so much.
It started off well, but really didn't go into enough detail, and had none of the graphic content I had been be led to believe. In the end I had to cut my losses and rent a Misty Mundae from Blockbuster.
If you aren't that into lesbianism, and like your entertainment light, then this may well be the book for you. But if you are a little more hardcore, I advise you to steer clear.
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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Complete, Informative and Open-minded Guide for All 17 Dec. 2001
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This is a must have for any lesbian. I know a few guys who could benefit from it too.
This book informs you, opens your mind to new ideas and places you might not have thought of before. I immediately wanted to grab my girlfriend and experiment.
It's not just a few hundred pages of stuff you've already heard before... and it's not just a dictionary either. Newman discusses issues around different sexual experiences and play. She gives tips and wisdom from experience.
She covers it all in a easy to read, informative, and very interesting way with an appeal to women who are just fantasizing about being with another woman, to those who have been with their partner for years.
Great buy!
69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Finally! an up-to-date sex book for all lesbians 4 July 2000
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I'm so happy to have found a book that includes so many of us, not just the androgynous vanilla lesbians, (who have books already) but those of us who are butch/femme or into power-play, or curious and questioning about these things. Talk about straight-forward answers and real-life feedback from real women-this author has so much to offer, but she lets a lot of the info come from the women who responded to her survey. It gives me the sense that lesbians and bi women from all over are exploring and enjoying their sexuality more than ever. Very Inspiring.
89 of 98 people found the following review helpful
A Tome of VERY Useful Information! 11 Feb. 2003
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This book is a tome of useful information. It contains not only the basics and standby's, but also a lot of creative ideas that will turn you from novice to sexpert with just a little practice.
I recommend this book not only for lesbian and bi-women, but also for men who like women, because the best place to get sex advice is from the people who know the parts the best. (Likewise I tell all my straight girl friends that if they really want to find out how to make their men scream with delight - they should read "The Joy of Gay Sex".)
Girls, if you are not that familiar with your parts or your partner's particularities, this book will open a lot of creative doors for you. Guys, if you are looking for tips on how to please those parts you normally only get to learn about *while* you are actually "borrowing" them, this is the book for you!
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for all of Us 22 Nov. 2002
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Excellent lesbian sex book that jumps from the usual grade school lesbian sex 101 to this great book of post graduate studies in lesbian sex! Fabulous!
Extremely informative! Detailed and explicit! Dealt with more intimate and specific issues, in depth information, using candid relaxed comments when discussing some traditionally taboo subjects.
Using humour and a relaxed writing style to set the tone allowing the average reader time to appreciate how in depth this book had been researched,how extremely tastefully done and presented.
The knowledge gleaned from these pages is invaluable for all lovers of women.
It is so detailed and graphic, on so many subjects and therefore may be offensive to some.
I was very impressed with the extensive research done,as well as the excellent resource section at the end of each chapter with an even more extensive resource section at the end of the book. Extensive resources for web sites, book stores, Bibliography, Index and so much more.
This extensiveness of this resouce section will also serve those lesbian women who have no other access to lesbian books except through these resource and source section.
Woman need this book, its information resources to gain extra knowledge for our own self knowledge yet we also benefit greatly with the delightful new knowledge of the joy in giving extra pleasure to women lovers.
This book is even available in Canadian book stores! A bonus for this Canadian!
A well researched and informative book! The author continues to seek readers feedback by continuing to include her questionaire in this issue.
It was the response from over 300 international women who responded thus providing the needed information for this first book. The same questionaire is included here and the author wishes readers to continue to send in their responses. Let's hope for Book II as well as hope the author continues her research and her unrestrained writing so we continue to benefit, grow and enjoy.
PS: Although written with lesbians in mind I'm sure men could also benefit by reading this book if they truly desire to please their woman
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This book is wonderful and informative. Especially if you haven't had much experience and are young. It answers questions that either women are too bashful to ask or have never thought about. Felice Newman breaks sex up into several catagories making you go absolutly wow and I hadn't thought of doing that before. She also answers a lot of questions that young lesbians need to know. Even if you are dating or even in a long term relationship you need to give this book a peek. It has some great insight.
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