I am generally of the mind that sex guides hinder rather than enhance what should be an intuitive and mutually pleasurable experience—one ideally where individuals tell their partners what they want and share the enjoyment of sex together.
Yet sometimes sex guides can seem strange and slightly off putting—like those creepy illustrations of hirsute men enjoying the missionary position in Alex Comfort’s The Joy of Sex—or even cold and scientific, like a technical drawing from Popular Mechanics. This Young Person’s Guide to Sex from the 1960s is a case in point. It starts off practical enough with courtship rituals and hints about handholding and flirtation, before suddenly switching into a kind of Ballardian handbook on sex—with test tubes for cocks, and artist mannequins attempting to straddle a young woman.
From what I can figure out, this handy little guide was pretty popular in its day—so it did help youngsters scratch that itch.
Handholding for beginners.
Hair combing or shoe-shining is a practical way to show interest in someone of the opposite sex.
No, I haven’t a clue what’s going on here but it does look rather suggestive.
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