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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Down There Press; Fourth edition (May 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940208377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940208377
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The bible of anal sanity, featuring tremendous new thoughts and information.” -Susie Bright, author, editor, and journalist

"Based on original research that brought the topic into popular discussion nearly three decades ago,this new 4th Edition is the most insightful and readable version yet. It's simply the best book available on the subject." - Marty Klein, Ph.D, author/publisher,

"Anal Pleasure and Health is the original guide to anal eroticism and still the greatest.” -Michael Castleman, author, Great Sex

About the Author

Jack Morin, Ph.D., has been studying the erotic adventure as a clinician and researcher for more than three decades, often delving into uncharted territory. He is the author of The Erotic Mind, an in-depth guide to what turns us on-and why. He's a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a faculty member at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. He practices psychotherapy and sex therapy in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Very well written...not an easy book to write. Very good information and sensitively written
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a7c80c) out of 5 stars Good book, bad Kindle edition Oct. 23 2012
By Sam H - Published on
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The book itself is helpful, well-written, and definitely worth the read. The kindle version, however, contains a frustrating amount of grammatical errors. Within the first few pages of the Intro, I encountered missing spaces, lowercase words at the beginnings of sentences, and even omitted letters. For as much as the kindle version costs, I feel that this is unacceptable.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa63ecc00) out of 5 stars Informative. Objective. Non-Preachy. Nov. 29 2012
By Nitaka - Published on
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Professor Jack Morin's "Anal Pleasure & Health" is a well presented book of information encompassing anal sexual health and the psychology associated with anal sexuality. In his book, professor Morin presents psychological strategies to fully enjoy anal sexuality and methods to maintain anal heath (hemorrhoids et cetera). He does all of this without preaching. Information is provided in a nonchalant manner. It's obvious that professor Morin wants you, the reader, to feel comfortable and free whilst reading his text. As a healthcare professional, I must state that his explanation of sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) in the appendix is perhaps one of the best I have seen. He explained various STIs that can be contracted via anal sex without burdening the reader with statistics or using big words that incite irrational fear. I highly recommend this book for those interested in anal sexuality.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa63c3e88) out of 5 stars Incredible book for all interested June 16 2010
By P.J. Neastroem - Published on
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This is a definite classic in the field, both for its accurateness but also for its comprehensiveness. It deals with important health aspects (safe sex & hygiene), how to approach anal sex practically, fisting, stress, douching, and many other important aspects. He does of course include both hetro- and homosexual perspectives. But what I particularly appreciate is his integrated mind-body take on this topic. He deals sensitively with attitudes, issues of power, how to open up a dialogue with your partner, and how to introduce the topic to a new partner. A non-dual mind-body perspective is always important in sex, but especially when it comes to anal sex. Bravo Mr. Murin!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6261f3c) out of 5 stars Best Book on the Subject Jan. 31 2014
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This book is truly amazing, dealing with all aspects of this most important aspect of every person. The physiological descriptions and illustrations opened my eyes. There is just so much ignorance about the actual structure and physiology of the anus, rectum, sigmoid colon, and descending colon. It takes no more proof than reading any number of sex blogs, and even Wikipedia. There is so much this book can teach you about the real physiology of these areas, as opposed to all the misinformation you will encounter on www.

However, there is so much more to this book than the physical aspects. Professional sexologist Dr. Jack deals with all the emotional, psychological and spiritual issues as well. I found myself agreeing with everything I was reading, and feeling really excited about it all! This book contains so much common sense and even mystical truths. Ask me: I have been practicing Buddhist meditation for 19 years, which has completely transformed my everyday experiences. This author knows what he is talking about, and what he says can be truly helpful and healing for any injured soul, including many injured behinds. You don't even have be interested in anal eroticism to benefit. It is also about good health, of which the anus, rectum and colon form an integral part.

Before reading this book I always felt a little uneasy about my very personal and long-standing interest in this subject, going back to when I was only three and knew absolutely nothing about sex. At that tender age I felt great excitement and an urge (itch?), but did not know what it all meant. It has taken a long time for me to come to fully accept this aspect of myself, due to all the prejudice, hatred, ignorance, religious taboos, and plain old stupidity that exists around this vitally important subject. Full and final self-acceptance, and a much better understanding of what is going on within, only really came with the reading of this important book.

I even urged my wife to read it. She has no interest in anal exploration at all, but she has some issues with anal tension relating to piles from time to time. Needless to say, I never have any piles. She knows about my personal interest and accepts it fully. I understand her personal disinterest and also accept that fully.

Dr. Jack is completely non-judgmental (wisely so) about all aspects of sexuality, ranging from strict monogamy to outright promiscuity. That is precisely how it should be: he is a true professional. In the process he helps the reader to come to terms with his or her own personal issues, and to move towards greater self-acceptance, which is the basis of every personal spiritual path. We cannot love others fully and truly until we come to terms with our own demons and learn to accept all aspects of ourselves fully, the good with the so-called "bad".

This book comes highly recommended for those people for whom anal sex, anal health, and anal exploration presents a stigma. It will help you get over it. There is so much prejudice and aversion to this very important topic, but sexologist Jack takes all the blinkers, and all the blinds off and goes into all aspects rationally and calmly, clearly illustrating that there is nothing to fear.

Thank you Jack! You are a true differentiator in this world!

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa63ea9cc) out of 5 stars great book Sept. 4 2011
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I am a community health nurse working with homeless young men, many of whom engage in very risky sexual activity. I use this book when we talk about about self care and risk reduction.