• Stephen Heath


Don’t be afraid. You are certainly normal. Everyone is. You have problems. Everyone does. ‘If you’re not sure what your erogenous zones are, much less where they are and what to do once you’ve found them, you’re not alone.’ Don’t worry. ‘We are all persecuted sexual perverts.’ Sex is like a stormy voyage into seas to be conquered, an initiation into the depths of your being, an encounter with the real you. There’s a lot to learn, it won’t be easy, the going may be hard: ‘it is sometimes very difficult and painful to confront one’s own sexuality’. You must have the courage. Nothing is gained without effort and this, after all, is your whole life at stake. ‘So let’s go to work.’


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  1. ‘a sex-bomb…’ New Man IX Woman (London: Marshall Cavendish, 1980) part 21 p. 402. ‘If you’re not sure …’ ibid. p. 401. ‘We are all …’ title of a book by French sexologist Michel Meignant, Nous sommes tous des pervers sexuels persécutés (Paris: Robert Laffont, 1980).Google Scholar
  2. ‘it is sometimes …’ Michel Meignant, Je t’aime: le livre rouge de la sexologie humaniste (Paris: Buchet/Chastel, 1975) p. 222.Google Scholar
  3. ‘So Iet’s …’ ’J’ (Joan Terry Garrity), Total Loving (St Albans and London: Granada Publishing, 1978) p. 11.Google Scholar
  4. ‘magnificent work …’ / ‘terribly complicated …’ ibid. pp. 74–5.Google Scholar
  5. ‘refuel in bed’ Alayne Yates, Sex Without Shame (London: Futura Publications, 1980) p. 134. ,‘Your sexual equipment …’ ‘1’, Total Loving, p. 96. ‘fabulous …’ / ‘contract …’ I ‘once …’ ibid. p. 93Google Scholar
  6. ‘those who ask …’ Yates, Sex Without Shame, p. 8. Clearly you want … The books mentioned are: Paul Brown and Carolyn Faulder, Treat Yourself to Sex (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1979);Google Scholar
  7. Iain Stewart, Good Sex Guide (London: Ocean Books, 1972);Google Scholar
  8. Alex Comfort, The Joy of Sex: Gourmet Guide to Lovemaking (London: Quartet Books, 1974) andGoogle Scholar
  9. More Joy of Sex (London: Quartet Books, 1977); Frank S. Caprio, Your Right to Sex Happiness (New York: Citadel Books, 1966);Google Scholar
  10. John E. Eichenlaub, The Troubled Bed: The Obstacles to Sexual Happiness and What You Can Do About Them (New York: Delacorte Press, 1971);Google Scholar
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  12. Rachel Moss (ed.), God Says Yes to Sexuality (London: Collins, 1981). It might be added that the number of sex titles is enormous, something we know from experience of any bookstall. Many authors, including some of those just cited, are indefatigably prolific in all directions on the fix front. Frank S. Caprio, for example, is the author not only of the obligatory The Sexually Adequate Female (Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett, 1953) but equally of How to Heighten Your Sexual Pleasure Through Simple Mental Stimulation (New York: Galahad Books, 1974) and How to Solve Your Sex Problems With Self-Hypnosis (Hollywood: Wilshire Book Co., 1972), plus many more …Google Scholar
  13. ‘the new understanding …’ / ‘The only rights …’ Brown and Faulder, Treat Yourself to Sex, pp. 7, 23. ‘sex is …’ David Holbrook, The Masks of Hate (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1972) p. 73.Google Scholar
  14. a book entitled … Mary Whitehouse, Whatever Happened to Sex? (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1978).Google Scholar

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