Because Gloria Brame, like me, has endured the rigors of doctoral training, I confess at first to having felt disappointed by the absence of scientific references or even an index in her book titled "The Truth About Sex" (the first installment of a trilogy in progress). But upon reading it, I realized that approaching this unadorned sojourn into the heart of eroticism through a polished scientific lens would have undermined the book's essence as an informative and informal guide to that most taboo arena of intellectual endeavors, human sexuality. Dr. Brame speaks, more than lectures, directly to the reader regarding the joys, foibles, myths, and misplaced attitudes surrounding the natural act that ushered each of us into this world. Gloria enjoys membership in the twin worlds of authorship and therapy. With the skill of the latter, she eschews the language of "should and should-nots" and instead allows us to relax and befriend a topic so inexplicably fraught with shifting uneasiness.
As a Full Professor of Biopsychology who lectures to undergraduates squirming in their seats as I raise the specter of human sex, I can only admire Dr. Brame's open invitation to disabuse her readers' self-doubts regarding performance in the sack and a multitude of other facets pertaining to sexual manumission. Just when you have arrived at the belief that nothing new under the sun (or moon) exists that you haven't experienced or at least intuited, Gloria lifts up the next fungi-laden rock and out crawls a novel insight that previously escaped your specimen collection of sexual experiences.
Don't let her relaxed prose and common terminology deceive you. Dr. Brame is quite capable of marking her territory with an authenticity illusive to many pedantic, self-proclaimed scholars and connoisseurs claiming to have mastered the ins-and-outs (excuse the pun) of all things sexual. Her ability to untangle the unnecessarily convoluted knot that such a delightful aspect of humanity has found itself tied-up is truly impressive. Gloria performs a noble service to the uninitiated, understandably confused, sometimes smug, and always curious citizens grappling with the vicissitudes of sex in the modern world. I tip my proverbial hat to a gifted colleague. via HH
Here is a book that should be handed to teens and every one over 15 for that matter. A common sense view on sex. Sex can and should be a healthy and happy part of every ones life. The taboo and it's "dirty" or "wrong" belief that many have about sex is alarming. A normal part of life is wronged when it should be encouraged and approached in a healthy manner. How refreshing to have a book that cuts to the heart of it and delivers in an easy to read and entertaining way. Sex between two consenting adults is okay and no one needs to feel guilty about it. Why do we allow something that's normal to be made so ugly? I loved this book and feel it should be mandatory reading for all for it's refreshing views that I wish everyone had. I look forward to the next two books in the series, I hope they will be out soon. via Jessica @ Jess Resides Here
"The Truth About Sex," is part 1 of a much-needed 3-part trilogy that cuts through the outdated old-world distinction, 'decadence,' all the way down to the bedrock of connected sexual relationship. Sexual myths are summarily identified and dismissed. How and why people connect sexually is laid out in a straightforward manner. Dr. Brame delivers straight talk about the vast and intricate fields of sex, orgasm, and masturbation. This work is not designed to shock or sensationalize, but to inform, and it does so in a brilliant, quiet, understated manner. A worthy addition to the libraries of sex educators, students, and pioneers. via Alutha Jamancar