Which Sign Is Most Likely To Consult A Sex Manual?

Seventies Sex Manuals

Sometime in the early Eighties, my parents were really appalled to be lent a copy of this book by some friends of theirs who said it had done something incredible to their sex lives. My father – Anglican, Aquarius – went ballistic at the familiarity. So they put it someplace & never looked at it.

Then some relations of mine (schoolboys) turned up to stay for a week, from boarding school. They had THEIR copy of this book only it had been passed around the dormitory for a year and was suitably grubby, dog-eared, scuffed, scribbled in and worse. I went and got the OTHER copy of the book to compare, for some reason.

Then, when the friends who’d lent their pristine copy to my parents returned, my mother handed it back with an apologetic Anglican smirk, explaining that they had not even had time to LOOK at it. Only it was not at all convincing because somehow the books had gotten mixed up.

The boys went back to school with a clean copy of The Joy Of Sex and my mother had to hand back the tatty copy that had some of the pages stuck together and smutty diagrams scribbled all over the place.

ANYWAY, that’s the only one i’ve ever read and the illustrations freaked me out totally, the guy in particular.

Someone must be buying these things…Which sign IS most likely to read sex manuals? I have Mercury in Aries so i don’t read manuals for anything, not even dishwashers.

Oh, have just remembered – i read the Kama Sutra – front to back. All I remember is something called Congress of the Goat and that only concubines talk to Elephant Drivers.

Note also that sex manuals big in the 70s, when Pluto was in Libra and Uranus either in Libra or Scorpio.

 

 

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Sun in Taurus…read it as a reference to perfect the technique (cause we are very determined peeps) but does not account for the sensuality that we incorporated into such a tactile, intimate pastime. I can’t think of anything nicer than sharing a “how to” manual in bed and trying all the positions/tips/suggestions and discovering what each person wants/loves/admits to wanting/loving!
Hmmmmm…….have a couple of big, thick books I might have to study tonight!

Leogroover
Leogroover

leo’s don’t need manuals too hard to hold and bonk at the same time – tres impractical. however i agree the chemistry has gotta be right and to feel safe to surrender completely with your partner is the key I have found with my lustful leo man. He is not boyfreind material but what a lover! and now I’ve accepted that our time together is precious well its even better. Sex under the bright full moon last friday was awesome.

Pisces in CQ
Pisces in CQ

Hmmmm, let me see. As a pisces I spent the first 20 years devouring any manuals I could find to intensify lustiful (pre)occupations. By the time I’d hit my mid thirties I figured I’d found my preferred ‘positions’. (I started young). And wasn’t “The Joy of Sex” boring for inspiration!!!!!!!???? However, I’d never experienced sensuality until I turned 40. There is no manual that can bring that on without chemistry between the partners first. Oh sure there are ‘methods’, but someone without the sensual aspect in their personality being present first meant it was just a ‘try toooooo hard’ experience.… Read more »

Salacious Sagg
Salacious Sagg

Hmmm they say visualisation actually makes your dreams come true as you see them in your mind’s eye as already done. Whereas imagination is a dream, a hope, an idea you have created but not necessarily seen in your mind?

Salacious Sagg
Salacious Sagg

Wow pegs, thanks muchly. At present I am going to a mediatation session nice a week. One of my challenges is to quieten down and not do a million things. So sitting quietly doing yoga or the stuff you mention is a whole new ball game for me. I went to a Pilates class once and I was in such a naughty mood I felt like pushing everyone over – gently of course! It is s just too quiet an activity for me. Reading is the quietest and now meditation of course. Trying to get my mind to keep still… Read more »

pegasus
pegasus

The sexiest part of the body? The Voice & Ears.

pegasus
pegasus

Sally Sagg, Many i will say but it is most women sexually mature AFTER 35 years, so many of you have much to look forward to. Look into something called ‘The Fire Breath’ all done with muscles, breath & visualising what you can’t actually see, alone. Of course it will turn you on, so what you do is to use your imagination to direct the sexual fire thro’ the chakras, just to the forth, the heart, for starters. When it reaches the 3rd eye, you will see the sun moon & stars, so you are ‘makinglove’ to the Universe, then… Read more »

Salacious Sagg
Salacious Sagg

Mystic I just love your story! I remember seeing this book as a kid and it put me off sex for years! I am so visual and I always worry about beards, upper lip fur etc!! However, I must say as a Sagg Sun, Scorp Rising I enjoy tasteful sex manuals. I love learning and trying new things, so am game to check out any new info. I remember really researching the subject when I truly discovered, hey I am a woman and sex is great! Took some time to get here (35! okay prowln and sweetpea, pegs etc. I… Read more »

little fish
little fish

No William,
don’t get book.
get woman,….fast!
LOL

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

Or man if that your preferance….

william
william

what is this thing sex? should I get book?

V Venusian
V Venusian

My first real lover was a Sagg, who had been initiated into sex by his Gemini Dad with a trip to sydney from North Qld at age 15 to some “iconic” 70’s/80’s high class brothel.. May have been called A touch of Class (BLEUURCHH) any way I put that shock behind me and proceeded to be taught…… Me 17, he 18, very hot, very horny lessons in fellatio for which I am still grateful and I am sure all my following partners are too. He was just raw and matter of fact and so keen to do it all of… Read more »

pegasus
pegasus

Venusian, Touch of Class was a fabulous place. A famous singer or 2 made their overseas
travel money at that bleuuurchh place which was tasefully & beautifully decorated, the women
stylish & educated.
They don’t accept anyone under 18 so some fibbing must have happend, so he was very lucky
(a Sagg 🙂 to have been initiated by such charming women who are probably the Movers & Shakers
of Society now.

Frogs are very special as a barometer of the bio sphere, treasure them. I have kissed plenty!

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

My parents had this in their nightstand and we used to sneak it.

BlackstarAries
BlackstarAries

“penetration manual” LOL
That’s igzacly the problem….
It was sellling that- but the majority of the fun, is in the other bits…..

And all the ghastly close ups, and over-exact detail, hairs drawn in individually, gruesomely realistic expression. It is the anti Libra book…..

davidl
davidl

Actually Myst, when I look again at that cover, I realise that you must have the 1978 ABBA edition…..huge seller

Baristagem
Baristagem

I don’t read any manuals I just like to feel my way through things….

Omg so this would have been acceptable porn in the 70’s!!….My parents were probably reading this filth under the alias of Sex Manuals!… I feel queasy….

Gem sun, moon & venus ….. I have Libra in Pluto & Uranus in Scorpio, oh what a coincidence….

Aqua Baby
Aqua Baby

Seems like a very Virgoan thing to do. Getting the facts right beforehand and studying all the diagrams…

prowlncat
prowlncat

Joy of Sex Joke 2#:My boyfriend told me I have a BIG attitude problem. I told him he’s going to have a BIG fertility problem …. soon

prowlncat
prowlncat

Joy of Sex Joke 1#: This guy was hitting on me in a bar. After too many beers he admitted “I’ve got no job, no money, no car and I can’t get an erection.” I said “Have you got a tongue?”

xox rockstar libran publicist xox
xox rockstar libran publicist xox

hilarious anecdote Mystic!! reminded me of grandfather’s study – drooling over history, art, design & photography tomes, when one day, per chance, a second row of books emerged, concealed behind an initial line of spines. row. Among those secreted was ‘The Joy of Sex’ which at first glance was a horror story… an illustration of what appeared to be a hairy cracked walnut was ugly & repulsive. few pages later the scrawny blokes illustrated oking all kinds of stuff in the hairy walnut. made the prospect of male female relations far from desirable…… which given how young we were, was… Read more »

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

‘The Joy of Sex’ was passed around and pawed (not pored) over by my grade six Catholic school classmates. You’re right, the hairy walnut was terrifying and the bearded dude’s acts in relation to it were even more so.

As far as deterrents go, the best ever was a STI seminar given by a nurse from the local STI clinic, including slides. That program should tour schools.

xox rockstar libran publicist xox
xox rockstar libran publicist xox

Ubers I swear to freakin god the hairy cracked walnut with the skinny hairy dude poking stuff in said cracked hairy walnut kept we girls….well as nice as one could…. for a while

being convent girls there be NO such think as STI talk / slideshow thingo…….. cos there was no sex of course. ask grandfather. & he was headmaster…………..arghhhhh imagine!!

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

Thank gawd you survived. We should form some sort of support group.

Flamenco Fish
Flamenco Fish

Gosh, our convent school gave us a talk during our final week of Year 12, which included comments like “if you’re on the pill, why bother using condoms”, promoted family planning methods (I know of at least 4 girls in my immediate circle who subsequently fell pregnant using this one), and perhaps the worst of all – they had a nurse show us the speculum for getting your pap smear… only the one she showed us was HUGE. To quote Nat – bleuuurrrk!! There were girls who didn’t get smear tests for til their 30s cos they were so terrified… Read more »

matthew-minerva
matthew-minerva

LMFAO OMG TRY NOWADAYS!
in year 7 we had to watch 5 Sexual education videos
Last year we put a condom over a banana dildo! and then just last week we had an alcohol/sex workshop where we had to try many things whilst wearing BEER GOGGLES!

anyone of these by itself is enough to send a class full of pubecent teenagers nuts! Yet they continue with more antics ect
OMG IM SCARED OF NEXT YEAR! bloody hell what will they think of next?

pegasus
pegasus

One look & i booked a ‘bikini’ wax because of that book.

LeoG
LeoG

Mmm, yes remember my mum havin this one. I loved the book ‘Urge” by Gabrielle Morrissey. no pics just lots of food for thought and does anyone remember Australian Womens Forum? A great publication that sadly got binned due to censorship issues.

Flamenco Fish
Flamenco Fish

Oh I DO remember that mag LeoG!

davidl
davidl

Have a copy of ‘Sexual secrets, The Alchemy of Ecstacy’ Douglas/Slinger. Fab book, great instruction, good illustrations, a history of tantra..anyone, however much they think they know can learn from this book. I did 🙂

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

Will you being setting homework for that, sir?

davidl
davidl

this won’t be work Ubee , ohh noooo….you’ll see, it’s all web based, To apply, send msn address …(you must have webcam facilities to complete the course).
It can also be linked to the 12 steps program, if addiction is the problem , well?

pegasus
pegasus

David, now you are both ready for ‘The Art of Sexual Magic’,by Margot Anand, it’s like being given 120 Derwent Colours instead of 72 given by the ‘Alchemy’.
Penny Slinger is a Goddess & brill artist looking at her website.
What a life style they have, Hawaai i believe?

‘SEX’? I didn’t invent it but am perfecting it……….

davidl
davidl

I’ll buy it as a present for wifey, hehe.. talk about homework 🙂

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

I dunno who reads these books but Saggitarians should. Someone needs to tell them sex isn’t a race where the first one to come wins.

And if so many people have read this thing how come so many people are duds? I mean it’s hardly rocket science.

prowlncat
prowlncat

😆

yeah I’ve been “Sagged” … haha, though I have to admit they’re very generous lovers and certainly have ahhhhh … stamina.

saggigal
saggigal

hmph! not all of us are speed racers 🙂 though i admit the sagg men i’ve ‘known’ (and i do have a predisposition towards them, gorgeous hunks that they are) often do need to be reminded about the notion of sensuality in sexuality 🙂 but i love the enthusiasm! two saggis in the sack GO OFF.

so ive heard. LOL.

saggigal
saggigal

ps i never read instructions for anything, just like mystic, above. cant be arsed. ive always been the type to learn from doing. ahem.

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

heh, heh. I was just having a naughty dig at Saggos. Truly, my loveliest of all lovers was a darling Sagg. But some of the worst were Saggos too. The worst are the good looking ones who have legions of hopefuls waiting to be chosen and are above making an effort to please their partner. The best are usually slightly desperate and grateful as hell.

davidl
davidl

I think you guys should open up more, more detail please..

saggigal
saggigal

uber, this is so true. the playboy saggi men can be a big yawn. they become lazy lovers. but if you manage to get hold (!) of one of those who are eager as well as energetic (which maybe you have as you mention…?) then there is no end to the fun. and if theres one thing saggis are, its fun 😀 no brooding intensity and full on serious tragedy here. its playful, lots of energy, and pretty much ready to go any time, any where. outdoors (preferably somewhere wild and isolated) is the best aphrodisiac. but ive already said… Read more »

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

And a laugh a minute, a la the house of flying knickers…(I have Sagg rising)

SPMALR
SPMALR

Definitely. Had a Sagg lover once upon a time (his bday yesterday), and it was the hottest, wildest 3 months of my life. We couldn’t go anywhere without doing it, and we were living in a trad Muslim country at the time. Even did it metres from the locals on boats without them knowing (I hope). Very eager to please.
Am looking for another….

Odette-in-Libra
Odette-in-Libra

Uber Virgo, I don’t know about Saggs (never dated one) but one reason a lot of people may be “duds” in bed is that many people are a bit dissociated from their bodies. You can see it in the way they move – sort of like their bodies are bowling shoes that don’t feel quite right but were the only pair left. (By way of contrast, take a look at how a trained dancer moves in his/her regular life – dancers are trained to be fully “present” in & aware of their bodies, & it shows.) I also wonder if… Read more »

white mallow
white mallow

I also think/know that the contraceptive pill puts a real dampener on sex. It almost prevents you from enjoying sex (not entirely but it definitely tones the pleasure down) – which you have to wonder is maybe part of its effectiveness – where as being off the pill, makes sex a breeze. This also relates to “being” in the body, as personally being off the pill I feel much more comfortable in my own skin.

I give my vote to virgo as well…

davidl
davidl

It definitely does….if we are defined by the hormone mix in our bodies, a female on the pill is nearly another type of human.

saggigal
saggigal

i am so anti-the pill its not funny. i mean, great great its a contraceptive miracle, yeah i know. but it fuqs so much with the authenticity of pheromones that it stuffs up the true chemical attraction to someone. and i have a theory that it creates a population of women (not all, but alot who are on esp. the heavier doses) who walk around like they’re kinda constantly pms’-ing, and they think thats just how they are ‘normally’. The Pill, for alot of women i know, me included, masks connection to their true self, sexually and in general. so… Read more »

FireTrine
FireTrine

OMG, I never heard a guy say that b4… Though I agree in some weird way. How shocking you are davidl.

And ditto what you said Saggigal – I knew we had something in common when you told me we did!

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

yep the pill definitely messes with libido. but hey so does GETTING PREGNANT

davidl
davidl

Its not just libido thats affected, but have to agree, unplanned pregnancy can def put a spanner in the cogs of love.

FireTrine
FireTrine

Hahahahahha. My next is due Jan 15 – 18 months on from the last one due in part to my dislike of the pill – whups!

Got to say I am a different human animal due to the hormonal tidal wave right now. Kind of like that country that is a collection of atolls that is about to go under due to global warming… (happy nonetheless!).

davidl
davidl

all my three were originally ‘mistakes’, its all worked out fine..good luck with that new little cap.

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

So true, Odette. I also blame Hollywood films with their abbreviated male-centric sex scenes, and porn, for misrepresenting sex. White mallow, have you heard of nfm — natural fertility management — an alternative form of contraception that puts women in touch with their cycle and fertile times? It’s side effect free. (The catch is that it requires effort)

white mallow
white mallow

Infact I have – I love that it includes your own moon cycle, I am teaching myself (with the help of a book by some lovely Australian Naturopaths) but my cycle hasn’t completely settled down yet – at least I have a cycle though, some women when they come off the pill seem to be infertile for sometimes years after. which is very distressing. between the pill & male sperm getting poorer in quality & numbers every year, the human race may not blow themselves up but rather through infertility die out.

little fish
little fish

imagine if we ALL read this book. How BORING would sex be then!!
I like it to be different and creative each time. oops, too much information!

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

I remember being fascinated at a very (VERY) young child by this book. Seeing as I lived in a very hippy area, with lots of group title living arrangements (read communes) this was a very popular book!

I always associate these books with those terribly earnest men in sandles and socks and long stringy hair……

prowlncat
prowlncat

“……..terribly earnest men in sandles and socks and long stringy hair”

Ewwwwwwwwwww. They don’t need a sex manual they need a stylist!

Jen
Jen

I remember when this book first came out. I think I was in my late 10’s, very early teens. I remember looking at the cover and thinking ‘won’t waste my time reading that, know it already!’. And I was still very much virginal. The arrogance of youth!

triple air gem
triple air gem

“terribly earnest men in sandles and socks and long stringy hair……
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH LOVE IT 🙂

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

stinking of patchouli…Eeerrgghhhh sorry all the smelly hippies at uni ruined patchouli for me

ladycrab
ladycrab

I *guess* some people needem… mebbe teenage boys or something: maybe that’s the real audience… Maybe it’s early marketing genius – something taboo that all the kids will want. Frankly, a good bottle of red and two consentive open minds are liable to come up with anything AND better than any book ever foretole. Is my humble opinion. I just typo’d HUMPle. Helloooo from Japan, everyone!

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

Hello back! Japan is awesome, and the food is the best on the planet. Having fun?

ladycrab
ladycrab

the food IS tremendous! Thanks! I’m having fun. I have the keys to four empty furnished apartments on top floor in Otsu, near Osaka. So if anyone feels like doing Yule in Winter… there are cheap flights from OZ on deathstar if you’re game 🙂

Meanwhile back to staking out the foyer, there are some HOT african american basketballers living a couple floors down who play for the local pro team. Hmmm….

aquaom
aquaom

the funniest story M 🙂

indigofish
indigofish

well this piscean has read her share of the manuals as well as a few of Nancy Friday’s books in an extensive collection of S&M, fetish, and sex-positive books. Uranus in Scorpio i think says it all. though 2 Leo BF’s have ruined them for me – i hide ones with illustrations now. eewww…

Odette-in-Libra
Odette-in-Libra

Libras might consult manuals, but only if they evoke things beautiful, poetic or somehow connected to their ideals.

My childhood self was utterly appalled by the 70s version of The Joy of Sex. This was what all the fuss was about? It looked like hairy animals going to the bathroom on each other! (Horribly depressing.) My parents’ hidden pornographic fine art books were more appealing. Eventually my budding feminist self tracked down a copy of “Our Bodies Ourselves” and got a nice dose of sex ed mixed with confidence-boosting, take-ownership-of-your-own-body affirmations & accurate information).

Melanie
Melanie

You might be interested to know a new edition of this “gem” released quite recently. The weird bearded guy was replaced! I believe it sold quite well… The updated cover can be viewed here
http://www.bookoffers.com.au/joy-of-sex-new-edition-dr-alex-comfort-susan-quilliam/

The updated content is summarised in this new article http://www.news.com.au/a-new-take-on-the-joy-of-sex/story-0-1111117380980

Cheers, Mel

FireTrine
FireTrine

Eeeeuuuuuuuwwwwwwwwww, this guy is no better than his predecessor… He looks really limp and creepy, like the sort of guy who refers to himself as a ‘snag’ and knows way too much about weird alternate reality type games. I resent he is in photo form, at least 70’s creepy satyr man had the good taste to remain hand drawn!

Leonine Librarian
Leonine Librarian

I like how the woman on the new cover seems to be trying to pull away from him…while sort of bracing herself to hold the kiss. Can’t say I blame her though.

balancingformountaingoats
balancingformountaingoats

“The book has 43 new sections including two on the clitoris – an expansion from the three sentences mentioning the clitoris in the 1972 edition.” oh good that has sorted that out then! actually, beards are quite fashionable again with young men. Having been phobic of beards in my younger days (my dad had a beard), I now actually prefer men with beards. Once you have loved men with well kept soft facial hair, you might find it nice?! better than sandpaper any day. I am a firm believer in either shaving once (or twice) a day or not at… Read more »

Apple
Apple

I love sex manuals! I collect them for both personal and professional reasons. You name it, I’ve probably read it and/or have a copy on my book shelf. 🙂

For the record, I’ve got: Libra Sun, Virgo Moon, Aquarius rising, Mercury Libra… and Venus and Mars in Scorpio. And yes, I’m a child of the 70s, with Uranus in Scorpio and Pluto in Libra.

Lark
Lark

Earthy Leo/Virgo’s

Ms.
Ms.

yes!! or leo men for that extra bit of competitive edge the -something I know -on over other guys that will make them irresistible and more experienced

I find leo women just expect you should know what you are doing anyway.

Ms.
Ms.

virgo for technique tips

saggigal
saggigal

Ugh that guy on the cover is gross- so seedy looking!!!

nat
nat

Agreed! He is REPULSIVO, creepy and gross. Bleuuuchk.
And what’s with the ‘gourmet’ bit?
Dr Alex Comfort, f’real???
And the flesh-toned cover? Oh, I am making myself sick now.

prowlncat
prowlncat

yeah how can it be considered “gourmet” with all that … HAIR in your food!!! 😉

saggigal
saggigal

Repulsivo is the best word EVER nat 😀 sums him up so well. look at the pursed lips expression he has on his face. its like hes trying really hard. GROSS INDEED.

little fish
little fish

I love the “BLEUUUCHK” Nat. It’s gonna catch on.

ladycrab
ladycrab

Looks like John’n’Yoko to me 😉

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

All men looked like that in the seventies.

prowlncat
prowlncat

No wonder they needed sex manuals. Everyone was too ugly to get laid and forgot how to do it!

saggigal
saggigal

hahahahahahahaha 😀

Aqua Baby
Aqua Baby

Yeah, it’s amazing the human race has lived on past that ea.

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

The thing is, the women didn’t look much different.

prowlncat
prowlncat

ROFL!!!!

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

more muff back then.

Seabird
Seabird

Errrgh

My dad had this – was the mid-eighties. I remember wondering how anybody could let a guy with such a gross beard anywhere near them – and also, the whole thing just looked like too much work to my pre-teen sensibilities. God knows who reads them People who need to? People with no imagination? People who like their porn to be informative? People like my dad (ok I need to stop there because my thoughts are disturbing me)

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