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The Sex Bible for Women: Book Review

Susan Crain Bakos.

Real bible yielders have many reasons why they consider liberated sex to be blasphemous, and this new Bible may just bring on a whole new level of accusation. This is the most graphic and unambiguous bible that I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and one that may just put your belief back in its place.

To be honest, the first impression was not a great one. It came across as a coffee table sex book, with about 50% of the space covered by full-colour and mostly full-page images of beautiful, ethnically-diverse and well-proportioned women and men engaged in love making or various forms of pleasure. I wasn’t expecting the text to hold its own, but I was wrong.

The content of the book is quite concise but it is respectfully and powerfully written. It could be read in a few sittings, but the graphics and the contents really make it a reference book to be left on a nearby shelf or even – for the more biblical among us – right on the coffee table.

It begins with a chapter on empowerment and sexual entitlement, explaining the significance of healthy sexuality across the lifespan and irrespective of relationship status. It leaves different readers feeling that this book is going to talk to them.

The “bible” is jam packed with referenced to sexuality research, both classic studies as well as recent findings that are fascinating and reinforce the simply stated reflection of current knowledge on female sexuality. But while being well backed up by research and messages of gender empowerment, it is essentially a sex guide. It offers very explicit blow-by-blow descriptions of preparatory exercised (like a fantastic explanation on Kegels), sex acts, games and techniques. There are erotic “true tales” which reiterate some of the situations.

Positions, which is a basic element of any sex guide, has an interesting advantage in this publication. Whereas most books use sketches to illustrate the more complicated positions, here a good deal (though not all) of the positions are illustrated with full-colour photos that make the explanations that much richer, not to mention crystal clear.

The one area I was disappointed in, in this otherwise fully updated book, was the bit on sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STI or STD). There is always room when discussing sex to include empowering (not necessarily depressing) facts and news on STI awareness, prevention behaviour and technology, communication about safer sex and coping with partners who have or might have an STI or STD. The three paragraphs on the subject could be supplemented.

Features

  • Written by a seasoned sexuality writer
  • Very high proportion of full-colour photos for illustration
  • Well-described guide to sexual health exercises, techniques and erotic play
  • Rich in scientific references
  • Includes erotic stories
  • Relevant authoritative quotes scattered through the book

Publisher

Quiver, 2008

 

Dinah Rates      


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