When I think of The Joy of Sex, I immediately recall a massive book, filled with pictures of a naked, bearded man in various positions with a nude woman, that my friends and I would sneak glances at when our parents weren't looking. Suffice it to say, it wasn't until later that I realized this was the manual for contemporary sex, at the time. Of course, having been published in 1972, I think it goes without saying that sex has changed since then, which is why relationship psychologist Susan Quilliam decided it was time for an update, saying, "A lot of research has been done. But also the whole attitude to sex has changed." An article in The Sydney Morning Herald considers Quilliam's changes:
The new book is aimed at the couple, rather than just the men, and includes many new entries including advice on Internet and phone sex, sex shops and intercourse during pregnancy.
Personally, I'm thrilled that this updated version takes into account female needs and desires, which in a time when women are finally gaining control over their sexuality, seems like a perfect way to modernize this classic. It's available on Amazon UK right now, and I for one will be checking it out when I can find it here in the US! You can never have too much information, right? Is this something that you and your significant other could learn from? Or do you think the idea of a sex manual in this day and age is just too silly?