Guide to Getting It On!: Sixth Edition - book by Goofy Foot Press - review by jennifur77

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Huge book, but it covers (and uncovers) nearly everything

If you are someone who has experimented a lot, this may not be the book for you although you may still learn a few things. I would recommend it for younger adults and those who have had few sex partners, especially since this is a general overview of a lot of different topics within sexuality and doesn't thoroughly cover any one topic.
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Pros:
Great general overview, lots of topics presented.
Cons:
Because of the sheer number of topics, none of them are covered in depth.
Rating by reviewer:
4
useful review
When I ordered this book, I didn't notice the number of pages it included. When I received it, I felt daunted, after all this is the largest single book I have ever read even though I'm quite the reader. Once I opened the cover, however, it was difficult for me to put it down. There are a number of illustrations, and some are humorous such as the circumcised penis asking where his hat is! There are quite a few chapters and they are relatively short. Because this is a reference book, it's easy to skip the parts you are not interested in and flip to those you are.

While I believe this would be better for inexperienced people (might make a good gift to a college student?) I believe there is information in this that would be beneficial to anyone. Some of the topics include the history of sex, basic instruction on genitalia, oral, anal, positions, sex toys, birth control, menstruation, STDs, sex during pregnancy, telling your children about sex,a chapter on physical disabilities and sex, plus many more topics. Of course, because these chapters are short, none of these are covered in great length, but each chapter does give a brief overview. There is also an extensive glossary that includes slang terms so if you hear something and are not sure what it means, as an alternative to searching online, you can check the glossary, at least for the more common slang.

One thing I particularly liked was that the chapters are varied in format. For instance, in some chapters there are comments from readers. Some chapters have a recommended resource (although usually not multiple resources) if you want to find out more information on the contents of that chapter. I also liked the fact that when presenting lists of information instead of bullet points, cute illustrations were used such as a cup of coffee, umbrella, and high heeled shoe.
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  • leatherlover
    leatherlover  
    Thanks for the review. Who is the book by, and how many pages does it have?
  • jennifur77
    jennifur77  
    It is by Paul Joannides and has 928 pages!
  • Geogeo
    Geogeo  
    Sounds thorough.
  • Mamastoys
    Mamastoys  
    what are some of the chapters that provide references?? Do you need the references to get a grasp on the material??
  • jennifur77
    jennifur77  
    A few of the chapters that provide a list of references for more information are:

    The chapter on gay and bisexual relationships list a number of books with that as the theme, the chapter on kink lists a number of websites and catalogs, the chapter on STDs lists a few phone numbers, the chapter on circumcision lists some websites, the chapter on losing your virginity lists a couple books about the first time, etc.

    Obviously these are suggestions for more information and not required to understand the basics. For example the STD chapter gives a tiny overview of different STIs. If you want more information on any one of those, the phone numbers they list can help you find out more.
  • Badass
    Badass  
    Good review, and I appreciate you sharing with us.
  • Happenstance
    Happenstance  
    This book is absolutely disrespectful and horrible to trans*people, especially transwomen! What little information it has is downright wrong. You may buy this book for other reasons, but not for factual information about trans*people, because obviously neither the author nor the editor made an attempt to do any research.
  • sexystuffeve
    sexystuffeve  
    WHAT 928 pages? WOW
  • SadoMas
    SadoMas  
    ty
  • tami
    tami  
    interesting to see other peoples reaction to this book good review on it!
  • ghent529
    ghent529  
    great review
  • Aydios
    Aydios  
    great review
  • animepanda89
    animepanda89  
    good review
  • edeneve
    edeneve  
    great review - sounds like a great reference tool...
  • ViVix
    ViVix  
    Thanks for the addition!
  • Kristi :)
    Kristi :)  
    Item discontinued, but still a good review anyway!
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