Book Review: The Sexy Book Of Sexy Sex

I came well prepared for my trans-Pacific flight back to Melbourne last week: fully charged Nintendo DS, travel pillow, and several books. I was in the mood to read, but what book should I choose? Do I pull out the chaste Agatha Christie novel, or The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex? The seat next to me was empty (FTW!) so I scanned the seats around me for small, literate children who could ask uncomfortable questions about the cover of my scandalous read.

I should mention that the dust jacket of The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex is worth the price of the book alone. The authors, IRL sexual partners Kristen Schaal and Rich Blomquist, pose as Venus and Zephyr respectively in a spoof of Botticelli’s classic painting. Except instead of Zephyr clutching Chloris to his bosom, he’s holding a blow-up doll. I love the book already.

As if there was any doubt as to which book I would choose, I begin to scan the chapter titles: Sex in Nature, Masturbation, For Sexperts Only, etc. (hint: not Agatha Christie’s chapter titles). Overwhelmed by all the sexiness at hand, I weigh my choices. I flip ahead to the Masturbation chapter where I am greeted with a dedication to my favorite former-Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, “The Galileo of Masturbation.” Wow, I am loving this book.

However, most of the how-tos in The Sexy Book are more humorous than helpful, and I do not feel at risk of becoming a “mindless sex zombie,” as the front flap promises. It was appropriate that the book was housed in the “humor” rather than “Sex and Relationships” section of Borders. But in between all the outrageously funny jokes is some surprisingly accurate sex information. For example, the page where the authors demonstrate various forms of contraception on a banana (not just condoms!) has quite a lot of accurate data about birth control methods. Not enough to be really useful, but I’m pleased that they checked their facts.

Schaal and Blomquist take us on a continuously funny (penis cartoons!), sometimes disturbing (ALF erotica), and frequently blasphemous (Adam and Eve using the apple as a ball-gag) adventure through the great wide world of sex. I laughed out loud, chortled out loud, and giggled-like-something-is-really-perverted out loud. I’m sure the flight attendants knew I was up to something. Needless to say, The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex will have a permanent place on my sexy bookshelf. For posterity’s sake, I’m glad I got it in hardcover. Huh huh.

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Kate McCombs

Kate McCombs, MPH is a NYC-based sex educator + blogger. She's the founder of Sex Geekdom, a global community for sex educators, researchers, and other folks who love having geeky conversations about sex.