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

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I had been wanting to own this book for years, but had never gotten around to getting it. Then, my second semester of graduate school in the human sexuality program, this was actually a required text for one of my courses! I was so excited! This was absolutely the best sex-related "textbook" I have read so far. It is veeeery long, but well worth it.
Thorough, well-written, age-appropriate, incredibly informative.
Written from a heteronormative perspective. A HUGE commitment to read it cover-to-cover. Not hardcov
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

About author

The Guide to Getting it On is, in my opinion, the best generalist, introductory book about sex available today. It is incredibly comprehensive and, at nearly 1000 pages long, it is chock full of helpful hints and useful facts. Its author, Dr. Paul Joannides (Joe-uh-needies), is a writer, public speaker, and research psychoanalyst. Colleges and universities around the country assign this comprehensive manual as a required text within their human sexuality courses. Being a human sexuality student, I have read the book from cover to cover. You needn't do so. Simply select the chapters that are relevant for you and breeze through the lighthearted, yet educational writing. Your sex life will be all the better for it, I promise.

The website for its publishing company, Goofy Foot Press, is also highly informative and enjoyable to browse. It contains a variety of information, not only about the book, but about losing your virginity, having sex after serving in the military, sexual anatomy, and suggestions for fun dates. If you're not convinced that you need to have this book on your shelves, Goofy Foot Press has made available a number of sample chapters for you to read. Check them out! You can even get a sweet, free door-hanger to protect your privacy when you're...getting it on!

Content / Style / Audience

I would recommend this book to people of all ages and experience levels. If you're completely new to sex, this book will provide a non-intimidating overview. Even if you've been having sex for decades, I guarantee this book will introduce you to something new. The "Bed of Contents" is as follows.

How to & Then Some

1. In the 11
2. 17
3. 23
4. The Importance of Getting 31
5. On the 41
6. Semen 67
7. What’s inside a 77
8. The 107
9. Orgasms, Sunsets & Hand 115
10. Talking to Your Partner about 131
11. Sex Lubes—A New 137
12. Sex 145
13. 149
14. Balls, Balls, 167
15. The Zen of Finger 177
16. The Prostate & Male Pelvic 203
17. Doing Yourself in Your Partner?s 219
18. Nipples, Nipples, 223
19. Oral Sex—Penises & 231
20. Oral Sex—Vulvas & Honey 257
21. Massage—The Ultimate 279
22. Intercourse—Horizontal 281
23. Anal Sex—Up Your 309
24. Playing with 327
25. Oscillator, Generator, Vibrator, 345
26. Fun with Your 357
27. Sex 367

Your First Time

28. Goodbye V-Card—Your First 375
29. The First Time—Not What You’d 385

Technology & Culture

30. Better Mating Through Internet 389
31. Sex in 393
32. Online Sexual Addiction—Really? 403
33. MRIs of Sexual 405

Orientation & Gender

34. Orientation in 409
35. Same-Sex Fun & Luvin? 419
36. Gender 431
37. 441

Sex & the Human Condition

38. Sex & Breast, Brain & Ball 445
39. Bashful 457
40. Sex & 459
41. Sex When You Are Horny & 463
42. Snoring & 479
43. Sex & 483
44. Techno Breasts & Weenie 487
45. Basic Brain 499
46. Good Sex after Bad—Rape & 507

Beyond Vanilla

47. Piercings & 529
48. 543
49. Double 557
50. Kinky 561

Below the Belt

51. Vulva Care—Keeping Your Kitty 577
52. Surfing the Crimson Wave (Period Sex) 585
53. Clean Jeans, Tight Jeans & Shaving Down 609
54. 621
55. Gnarly Sex 625
56. Premature Ejaculation—Dyslexia of the 637
57. Delayed 655
58. When Your System 665

Pregnancy (or Not) & Parenting

59. Abortion, 683
60. Trying to Get 685
61. Sex During 689
62. The Pill & Your Sex 705
63. Birth Control—Sperm vs. 713
64. Sex in Cyberspace for 733
65. Explaining Sex to 737
66. Love Dreams, Sex Dreams & Sweet 759

Sex in History & Popular Culture

67. Hooking-Up 763
68. The Dirty Word 777
69. Barbie the 785
70. The Historical Breast & 795
71. The Fruit of His 805
72. What’s Masculine, Feminine & 809
73. Men’s & Women’s Experience of 815
74. The Horny Pill & 821
75. I Knew the 825
76. Sex in the 83
77. Sex & 847
78. Sex in the 849
79. Sex on the 903
80. Kink in the Animal 907
81. Vaya Con Dios! 911
About the 913 919 983

While the content would probably be considered "explicit" for youth, the writing style is incredibly non-threatening, approachable, friendly, and often hilarious. Silly, fun euphemisms are interspersed with technical and medical terminology and valuable information, making the subject matter amusing, but practical. For example, semen is "baby batter", exploring anal sex is "navigating the Hershey Highway"...Terrible, but funny!

I would like to note that this book is written from a primarily heteronormative perspective. While it has some small sections that touch positively on fetishism, kink, queer, and other alternative sexualities, the perspective remains oriented towards male-female pairings. While this may bother you somewhat if you are of a different gender identity or orientation, it bears remembering that at the root of things we are all human and our biological and physiological functions are fairly similar. Try to look past the bias and focus on the excellent information within. I believe that it has the ability to enrich most anyone's sex life. However, I do hope that future editions take a more queer-friendly perspective.
    • Humorous
    • Instructional / educational
    • Text book style


The book is enormous. It is about 9 1/2 x 7 1/2" and a full 2" thick. Unfortunately, it's also a paperback. It has held together quite well so far and the binding remains sturdy, but I find its heft somewhat ungainly while reading it and would have preferred that it was a hardcover so that there was more support for all those pages! I also feel that it would be easier to handle if the dimensions were larger, with more information on each page, and thus fewer pages. With its size and its bold title, I would not consider this book particularly discreet. Here is a picture of the Guide beside your typical little pocket paperback novel.

While there are no photos in the book, there are wonderful illustrations in nearly every chapter. There are diagrams, cartoons, and just plain ol' hot, sexy drawings. Each and every one is well-done, tasteful, and inspiring/informative/entertaining. The chapters flow well and are organized into logical sections, for the most part. Navigating the book is simple with the table of contents, as well as the index.

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  • TheSinDoll
    This book sounds very interesting and I enjoyed your review of it. I'm wishlisting it. Thanks for sharing!
  • lexical
    No problem!
  • Geogeo
    Those illustrations definitely make a text-heavy dense book a little more interesting. Thanks for reviewing.
  • lexical
    Of course
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  • lexical
    You're welcome!
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    nice review
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    Thank you, maddameheather.
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    That is a big book, thank you for the review.
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    I need to take this class! Thanks for the review.
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    Great review! I loved this book. Did you notice the random cat that appears in many illustrations?
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    Excellent review
  • ViVix
    I see where I failed to pick the right major. LOL
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