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Make Love to a Man – 70’s style

How to make love cover

How to Make Love to a Single Man
How to meet him, understand him, and love him
Rajouane
1976

Evidently, it is a LOT of work to get men interested in sex. This comprehensive manual of nearly 200 pages details all the skills and tricks you can use to get a man interested in you. Advice includes how to seduce a man, one night stands, where to meet men (short answer: everywhere), dressing sexy, and super detailed sex advice. Best part: Awesome photos of brooding men in their natural habitat of the office, pool hall, film studio, barn, shower, museums, and parks. They really are everywhere!

Sample advice (You might want to take notes):

Wash dishes naked
Give your man a massage
Take off your clothes
Take off his clothes
Go fast
Go slow

I will leave it to you to continue your research.

Mary

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Dr. Ruth Talks to Kids

Dr. Ruth Talks to Kids - coverDr. Ruth Talks to Kids: Where You Came From, How Your Body Changes, and What Sex Is All About
Westheimer
1993

Submitter: The cover image attached features an endearing but very old lady who looks way too much like my grandma.  I saw this one and laughed because I could just imagine talking to my grandma about condoms, wet dreams, masturbation… (shudder) The details in the book are surprisingly sensitive and well-written, so it was a hard decision to weed it.  Ultimately I weeded it because it’s dated, in both appearance and content.  I’m also enclosing one page from the section on contraception that shows how dated it is. Time to put this grandma out to pasture and make way for all the other beautifully-illustrated books we’ve gotten recently on sex and puberty.

Holly: The image below may or may not be NSFW, depending on your workplace. Dr. Ruth talks very candidly, with pictures, about contraception in that one. Dr. Ruth Westheimer is 88 years old, and while she is still alive, I don’t know that she is still the person kids turn to for answers about sex. (Or is she? I don’t have kids, and I’m not a children’s librarian either. What say you, parents and youth librarians?) She was absolutely groundbreaking, totally approachable and frank and honest. I’m curious to know if Submitter is familiar with Dr. Ruth? The submission is totally true – she looks like a very nice grandma, but I can’t tell if Submitter is aware of who Dr. Ruth is or not. This book was published in 1993, and I am a child of the 1980s, but this image is exactly how I will always think of Dr. Ruth. I would have asked her anything and not been embarrassed. She was that good at what she did. In fact, it was almost because she looks like a nice grandma that she was so approachable. That said, I’d probably still weed this book. There are different contraceptive options available these days, for one thing.

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How Babies Are Made

How Babies Are Made
Andry and Schepp
1968

Submitter (Who asked me to call him/her “Nialla”): This little gem is no longer in our collection, but it’s been kept in the workroom for years. I’m pretty sure it was kept there the entire time it was in the library, because previous directors of my small town library would never dream of putting such a “racy” book on the shelves.

The cover itself is just bland, but the artwork made of paper cutouts is just… wow. You can start with the cover with the title link, but if you want to literally skip the birds and the bees (and puppies), you can go with the human section.

Holly: The paper cut-out illustrations s in this book are…interesting. This is a different approach to sex ed, for sure!  Warning: the animals are shown in full…um…”activity.”  Potentially NSFW!!

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