Getting Off: A Woman’s Guide to Masturbation
In this modern-day masturbation guide, Jamye Waxman follows in the footsteps of Betty Dodson and other sex educators to provide a fun, inviting, and informative book for women. She writes from the perspective that self-love is a healthy and vital part of every woman’s life, humorously claiming that ”masturbation is like breakfast...an essential component for a well-balanced and satisfied life.” Her cheerful sense of humor is augmented by Molly Crabapple’s sexy, light-hearted illustrations. Waxman is consistently inclusive of different sexual orientations and sexual interests, and manages to be both hip and down-to-earth.
This book covers anatomy from a pleasure perspective, a description of the arousal process, different kinds of orgasms (i.e. clitoral, G-spot, anal, ”full-blown boobgasms,” tension, relaxation), masturbation techniques (how to get in the mood, different ways to stroke your vulva complete with illustrations, different positions), info about vibrators and how to choose one, info about other kinds of toys (anal toys, dildos, nipple clamps), info about lubricants, how to cultivate and utilize your fantasies, debunking myths about masturbation, a history of attitudes towards masturbation, present-day representations in popular culture, and a good list of resources (books, stores, websites).
In short, it’s a thorough and readable guide that will give women concrete information they can use to improve their self-loving sex lives, along with the inspiration to do so with gusto.
295 pages. Author: Jayme Waxman. 2007.
One reviewer wrote:
Getting Off is the perfect book for any woman wanting an accurate and creative guidebook for exploring masturbation. This book contains enough specific suggestions, techniques, positions and toys to try that there’s bound to be something here to spice up just about anyone’s self-love. The author asserts that masturbation is a crucial part of a woman’s sex life, and should be much more than a last resort if no partner is available, and we agree wholeheartedly.
In Getting Off, you’ll find an excellent chapter on female sexual anatomy that includes a view of the clitoris you might not have seen before. You’ll also find many techniques for masturbating alone and with a partner, and a chapter on vibrators that includes information about specific toys, as well as general information about safety and materials. You’ll find an equally complete chapter covering non-vibrating toys and lubricants, including nipple and anal toys, and dildos. There is also a whole chapter on fantasy and how it can enhance your self-loving, and several chapters discussing various aspects of the social, political, and historical perspectives on masturbation, all written with a humorous, relaxed writing style that is fun to read.
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