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by Anne Hooper
DK Publishing, 2001
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Dec 6th 2002

Sex Q & A

This manual on sex is filled with questions and answers, and is illustrated with a number of mildly erotic photographs.  The book is organized into eight chapters:

·       Sex in relationships

·       Questions men ask

·       Questions women ask

·       Sex when you're single

·       Spicing up your sex life

·       Pregnancy and beyond

·       Questioning your sexuality

·       Your sexual health

The book contains plenty of the obvious: various questions about how to perform a variety of sexual activities, and what is "normal."  Other questions are less standard: "why has my sex life improved since I started having an affair?"; "I've been having virtual sex with someone in an Internet chatroom.  I've kept this secret from my girlfriend.  The problem is that the girl I've met online wants to meet me in the flesh.  What should I do?"; "We stopped having sex a long time ago and my partner suggested that we go for sex therapy.  The problem is I think I just want to leave the relationship."  "I'm overweight and I can't believe any woman would be attracted to me.  Should I just give up on the idea of a sex life?" and so on.  Each question is answered in just a paragraph or two. 

The book may be useful for people ready for quick answers or who want to use the book more as a form of erotica than a serious source of information.  But I imagine that for anyone with real concerns about their sexuality this book would not be very useful, because it would be impossible to explore the necessary issues in enough depth in such a short space.  It is also not appropriate as an introduction to sexuality for children or teenagers, since it does not deal with adolescent sexuality, and it does not address itself much to adolescent issues.  So this is a playful book for adults looking for some fun, and as such, it is well written and nicely produced. 

 

© 2002 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.

Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island. He is editor of Metapsychology Online Review. His main research is on philosophical issues in psychiatry. He is especially interested in exploring how philosophers can play a greater role in public life, and he is keen to help foster communication between philosophers, mental health professionals, and the general public.

 

 

© 2002 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.

Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island. He is editor of Metapsychology Online Review. His main research is on philosophical issues in psychiatry. He is especially interested in exploring how philosophers can play a greater role in public life, and he is keen to help foster communication between philosophers, mental health professionals, and the general public.