Dr. Alex Comfort's '70s-era bestselling book The Joy Of Sex has been rewritten. The New Joy Of Sex penned by British sexpert Susan Quilliam is available in the UK but won't be published in the US until January 2009. There are 43 new sections, and now we will be able to read what's important from the female perspective. For example, In the original there were just three references to the clitoris. Happily the new book won't be glossing over the intricacies of the female anatomy.
Here's some disturbing news that's really a sign of the times. According to the Kinsey Institute contemporary women have less sex than their 1950s counterparts because they have so little free time.
This is what Quilliam has to say. 'I'm glad I'm not ten years younger because there are an awful lot of pressures on young people: to look fabulous; to have a fabulous sex life,' she says. 'We're living in a world where it's important to achieve and whether we have a good sex life has become one of our measures of personal validity. Alex Comfort took the emphasis off achievement – that is one of the many things he got right."
“I think what a lot of the other material out there misses is how powerful sex is; people die for it, literally. One of the ways we've gone wrong in the past is that we haven't recognized its emotional power. Sex isn't a game – it's not pink and fluffy.
Quilliam, 58, has perfect credentials for taking on Comfort's mantle. She offers advice on a number of websites and has written 18 books on love, sex and relationships.
I still have my copy of the the original book by Comfort. I think it's time to toss it for the newer version.