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The Joy of Sex Modeled After The Joy of Cooking

The Basic Idea Behind The Joy of Sex

I always presumed The Joy of Sex copied its name from The Joy of Cooking, but I didn't realize it literally knocked off the entire concept, creating a sex guide that read like a cookbook.

Sex literally replaced food in The Joy of Sex as sections were marked with titles like Starters and Main Courses. Cookbooks are the ultimate reference books, so repurposing the concept makes sense, but it also makes me ill. Fortunately, I don't think I'm alone. The original subtitle, "A Gourmet Guide to Lovemaking," was replaced in 2008 with "The Timeless Guide to Lovemaking," making the food-sex connection less obvious.

Whatever you think of its origin, The Joy of Sex played a pivotal role in the sexual revolution. Spending more than 70 weeks on the bestseller list, it gave every man and woman the chance to educate themselves. And now, 40 years later, when there are guides for individual fetishes, we're full. Technique is being replaced with the old-fashioned, what-feels-good method in the slow-sex (quasi)revolution. Is it that we've regressed, or have we come full circle?


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Venus1 Venus1 5 years
I remember in my early teens that my parents had a copy of this about the house and my sister and I used to flick through it when they were out. I think it had a good influence on me. It taught me early on that oral was good and positive. Many years later I'm still practicing!
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