Wednesday, 2 March 2011

FROM PLAYBOY SEX AMERICAN STYLE



ISBN-10: N/A
Editors: Frank Robinson and Nat Lehrman
Title: From Playboy Sex American Style
Preface: Frank Robinson and Nat Lehrman
Edition: Eleventh Printing
Language: English
Place of Publication: Chicago, IL
Publisher: Playboy Press
Year of Publication: 1971
Format: 142x213mm
Pages: x+374
Illustrations: 24 single colour cartoons by Playboy cartoonists
Jacket Photo: Victor Skrebneski
Binding: Boards in colour dust jacket designed by Bob Antler
Weight: 733gr.
Price: N/A
Entry No.: 2011005
Entry Date: 2nd March 2011

BOOK DESCRIPTION

When the history of the Sexual Revolution is finally written, most of the major battles may turn out to have been fought on American soil. The Italians have given us Casanova, the Spanish Don Juan, the Indians the Kama Sutra, and the English Lady Chatterley, but America  has produced Dr. Kinsey’s Reports and the Masters and Johnson experiments, not to mention the automobile (the world’s most mobile bedroom) and, probably most important of all, the Pill.

America today has almost shaken the taboos of its puritanical past –but it has been a long, arduous and chaotic struggle. Students of sex have found it impossible to keep track of where it’s been, where it’s at and where it’s headed. Fortunately, one publication has done a substantial part of the job for them. PLAYBOY has consistently been in the front ranks of the Sexual Revolution, chronicling its events, its victories, its retreats, its tragedies and its high comic moments, summing it up in penetrating analyses –not only of what was happening, but why SEX AMERICAN STYLE presents the finest and most enduring writing on the subject from the pages of PLAYBOY.

John Clellon Holmes’ “Revolution Below the Belt,” provides a fascinating overview on what the Sexual Revolution is all about. Richard Warren Lewis, in “The Swingers,” describes how wife-swapping has become a new way of life among certain groups in California. Helen Curley Brown follows with a witty view of love in the executive suite and the typing pool in “Sex and the Office.” Wardell B. Pomeroy, of the Kinsey Institute, explains the futility of asking “”What’s Normal?” and PLAYBOY’s editors help you analyze your personality –sexual and otherwise –in “What’s Your S.Q.?”

The impact of the drug culture on sexual experience is explained by R.E.L. Masters in “Sex, Ecstacy and Psychedelics” and Fredric S. Appel relates the history –sometimes deadly and sometimes hilarious –of aphrodisiacs in “Just Slip This into Her Drink.” PLAYBOY publisher Hugh Hefner exposes the hypocrisy and cruelty in some of the nation’s archaic sex laws, while frightening examples of the legal invasion of the bedroom –and the terrible consequences –are presented in “Tyranny Under the Law,” letters from the popular “Playboy Forum.”

“The Abortion Revolution,” by Robert Hall, M.D., documents the battle being waged in the courts and legislatures to end forever the hundreds of tragic deaths which occur annually due to illegal abortions. The perilous past and hopeful future of sex education are examined in an interview with Dr. Mary Calderone, director of the controversial Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

Happily, sex is not all Law, Liabilities and L:aboratories –it is also just plain fun. SEX AMERICAN STYLE contains a generous selection of classic PLAYBOY cartoons and articles which portray the light side. Bill Cosby tells of his first time in “The Regular Way,” Art Buchwald reveals the secret strategy of “The Most Unforgettable Swordsman,” Richard Armour rhapsodizes over a long-neglected portion of the anatomy in the hilarious “Looking Over the Overlooked Elbow” and, finally, Ray Russell presents an amusing history of the euphemism in “A Little Lexicon of Love.”

Turn to any page, dig in anywhere. You will find enlightenment, drama, entertainment –and sex, American style.

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