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Petting: Wise or Otherwise?

Petting: Wise or Otherwise?
1942, 4th ed.

Submitter: The small academic library that I work for has not been weeded for a LONG time, so now we are having to do a lot of work to make the collection usable. I first came across this little gem when I first helped with the inventory 3 years ago. But, it wasn’t until last week that it was finally withdrawn. The copyright on the book is 1938, though this fourth printing was published in 1942. I’m sure that back in the day this was good information (at one point we actually had two copies in the collection), but I’m sure that today’s college students can learn about “petting” from our other more recent sex education books. The worst part of it though (and what makes me laugh) is the way the author chose to present the book as a conversation between a young graduate assistant (and it wife) and his trusted mentor.

Holly: These old books are so fun!  I don’t think that a small academic library is the place for it anymore, though.  The unfortunate line on the page above is “‘Correct!’ ejaculated Dr. John, emphatically.”  Nice choice of words, Mr. Clarke!

Advice for Mrs. Robinson

How to Get a Teenage Boy and What to Do With Him When You Get Him

Submitter: Recently my colleague showed me her copy of [this book] and I immediately thought of your website.  When I looked at the cover I thought it was a cougar training manual.  What’s written inside is just as precious as the cover.  It seems that Ellen Peck was a younger version of Helen Gurley Brown and even includes some of Gurley Brown’s recipes for breakfast beverages for when you feel gaggy.

Holly: Hippest? Grooviest?  Oh boy.  I am cracking up at the cougar training manual bit – the woman (teenage girl??) on the cover does look rather old to be picking up teenage boys, doesn’t she?  Or is that Ellen Peck herself on the cover?

Calling Dr. Love

Hypnosex: Sexual Joy Through Self-Hypnosis
Araoz and Bleck

Submitter: Despite the title, it’s not the cover that does it for me on this one either. It’s the title in conjunction with the top author photo.  “Trust me, I’m a doctor.” Doctor Love, apparently.

Holly: Oh, yes.  Dr. Casanova needs only to unbutton a few more to look completely trustworthy and credible.  This isn’t necessarily a bad choice for a public library as far as topic goes (it’s a unique angle…), but it looks old and outdated.

(Side note: You know I love it any time I can use KISS lyrics in a blog post!)




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