The Joy of Sex
The Ultimate Revised Edition
By Alex Comfort
(Harmony, Hardcover, 9780307452030, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 6, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The Joy of Sex revolutionized how we experience our sexuality. An international bestseller since it was first published in 1972, Dr. Alex Comfort’s classic work dared to celebrate the joy of human physical intimacy with such authority and clarity that a whole generation felt empowered to enjoy sex. Now fully updated, revised, and masterfully reillustrated , The Joy of Sex once again sets the standard as the world’s most delightful and trusted sex manual.
With more than a hundred pieces of provocative new artwork and full-color photos that capture in frank detail the intimacy of love, this edition of The Joy of Sex is the most visually stunning yet. Dr. Comfort’s wise and forthright advice has been supplemented by contemporary expertise from sex expert and relationship psychologist Susan Quilliam. Substantial revisions include new information on:
•Key scientific discoveries in the fields of psychology, physiology, and sexology
•The Internet and couple-friendly pornography
•The importance of sex to our growth as people and partners
•Maintaining a fulfilling sex life as we get older
Above all, The Joy of Sex emphasizes the importance of happy and healthy sexuality in our lives. For people who want their lovemaking to be more satisfying, sensual, and erotic, this beautiful new edition will offer all the help and inspiration they need.
DR. ALEX COMFORT, M.B., D.SC., was one of the world’s leading experts on human sexuality. He was known for his frank and funny writings on love and sex, and was the inventor of the modern sex manual. Cofounder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, anarchist, social commentator, novelist, and poet, he wrote more than fifty books and countless scientific papers. Over the course of a distinguished and varied career, Dr. Comfort worked as head of research on gerontology at University College London and was a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an adjunct professor at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA. He died in March 2000 at age eighty.
SUSAN QUILLIAM is a relationship psychologist who works with the international Journal of Family Planning, the British relationship counseling organization Relate, and a number of global advisory boards in the field of sexual health and dysfunction. Susan is also an advice columnist and writes, broadcasts, and presents internationally on topics surrounding love and sexuality.
“Answers questions no one had in 1972 . . . this time through the eyes of women, too.”
—New York Times
“There’s something to celebrate about the enduring life of so seminal a piece of educational literature.” —NPR
“[Succeeds] in bringing The Joy of Sex up to current standards.”
—The New Yorker
“An old book now has a lot of new tricks.”
“A bellwether of human sexuality for decades . . . the new version is better.”
“Witty, fanciful, and mercifully free of moralizing.”
“An intelligent sex manual that is serious without being solemn.”
—Desmond Morris, author of People Watching and The Human Sexes: The Natural History of a Man and a Woman