Sexual Intelligence - book by Bulfinch - review by Nashville

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Sexual Intelligence

Book by Bulfinch

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A light read

The book is worth the buy if you're looking for something to read every now and then. It's become a bathroom reader for us because you can flip around in it to read different segments without feeling like you've missed a main theme or an important amount of information. The photos of Kim Cattrell within the book are truly icing on the cake.
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Pros:
It wasn't a heavy historical read and stayed light and entertaining from cover to cover.
Cons:
The personal quotes from "ordinary people" within the book were annoying.
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review
I picked up Sexual Intelligence|Sexual Intelligence last month. The main reason for my purchase was because I love Kim Cattrall; Samantha on Sex in the City is vibrant, sexy, and intuitive. She's the woman I always wanted to be and I was thrilled to discover that the character we see on tv translates over into who Kim is off-screen.

The material within the book was mildly entertaining. While there were chapters discussing the many aspects of sex|Sex Toy Guides and Tips, within the chapters were little segments that stood alone on their own two legs. Each little segment could be read within a few minutes which inspired me to put the book in the bathroom to replace our quirky Uncle John's bathroom readers. Sexual Intelligence ended up staying there and has been a source of conversation and debate amongst our friends whenever they come over because hey, everyone always ends up in the bathroom at one point or another! It's gotten far more attention sitting in the bathroom then it ever did sitting on our coffee table.

This book really is in no way a guide, it didn't give me any tips on how to perfect my sex life but it give hints and clues into the history of why my husband and I engage in the acts that we do. It also gave insight into why things are now considered taboo, such as with the fall of Rome came the fall of phallic worship. Each passage was intelligently written with high intentions of keeping the reader entertained and informed.

One thing that I hated were the personal responses to chapters by a core group of "ordinary people". Some of their responses were downright laughable while others were so blunt or rude they made me want to turn the page. This book's intention seemed to be more about the history of sex then people's personal opinions of it, their little quotes mirrored the street interviews they do of "real people" on HBO's real sex. I would have much rather have read Kim's opinions than theirs. One thing however that made up for the personal quips were the incredible photos of Kim Cattrel herself. She did photo shoots to incorporate into the book and some were downright phenomenal. One in particular was of her sitting on a beach in a gold lame bathing suit holding a snail's shell, she didn't have make-up on and her hair was towel dried. It went along with the topic of "Aphrodite's Appetite" and she looked gorgeous.

While I enjoyed the book it didn't leave me feeling very satisfied. Every time I found a passage I enjoyed (The Mermaid Myth in particular), it would end without much resolve or more in depth discussion. Unfortunately, when I finished with the book I felt as if I should have just gone out and bought the many books they cited and quoted instead. However, it was an entertaining light read and would make a fine addition to anyone's coffee table or bathroom. To me it doesn't feel like it deserves to be in any respected sexual aficionado's library so if you buy it, buy it solely for Kim and the many photos of her that await you at the turn of the page.
Follow-up commentary
I just want to add a much better book of Kim's to pick up is 'Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm|Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm'.
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  • Cock Wrangler
    Good source for other reading, eh?
  • Jimbo Jones
    I am tempted to get this just for the pictures of Kim Cattrall. At least my wife wouldn't put up too much of a fight because she is a big fan of "Sex and the City" as well. Thanks for the great review.
  • Nashville
    Jim, The pictures of Kim are worth it, I wish there had been more. It really wasn't a bad book, it was entertaining and while there were drawbacks I still enjoyed it.
  • Nashville
    Cock, seriously.. I felt like I should have gone out and bought like 15 other books in this one's place. It was frustrating because as soon as I'd get into a particular topic they'd cut it short and jump onto something else.
  • Books are funny that way. It is so true, you can not judge a book by its cover.
  • Nashville
    Absolutely, Butterkups! While the cover looked phenomenal the inside material was just "meh"...
  • deceased
    I liked the photography and the light "love yourself" spirit, but I did not learn anything new. Its good self promotion for Ms Cattrall. She also wrote a book on marriage with her then husband and shortly after divorced....still, good on the coffee table.
  • Nashville
    It's a coffee table book... not a sexual bible or fount of sexual revelation. And without question, it's just a money maker for Kim.
  • Sinfully
    Thanks for the review.
  • TransMarc
    It's sad, seemed more complete from the overview. Thanks for reviewing.
  • ViVix
    Good idea for a bathroom reader I suppose.
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