Review: The Ultimate Guide to Solo Sex by Jenny Block

The Ultimate Guide to Solo Sex by Jenny Block
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 244
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Masturbation is a many-splendored thing but even here, all of us can get into a comfortable rut. Take what can be really good to really great with Jenny Block’s guide to getting in on with yourself. Whether you are happily coupled, on your own, poly, or demonstrating for your lover(s) your solo skills, Block has the very best advice on how to pleasure yourself masterfully and share the love. Replete with thorough research, Block’s book covers the science of sex, wild and wonderful ideas for upping the ante, and lots of suggestions for use of toys. There are only one or two truly good books on the market about “sex for one” and those are years and even decades old. The Ultimate Guide to Solo Sex is sure to become the new classic that will show readers how to go from mundane to mind-blowing!


Review:  This is one of those books where the title says it all. As noted in the foreward, author Jenny Block has written a basic how-to guide in The Ultimate Guide to Solo Sex. Whether it’s called “physical and sexual consciousness raising” or simply masturbation, the author extols the virtues of female self-pleasure. She then points out several reason why it’s important, along with the multiple learning opportunities created by self-pleasure.

In approaching the topic, the author first sets the foundation for the reader by debunking the myths that surround female pleasure. She uses a no-nonsense approach to ensure readers remain engaged, but intersperses the factual information with humor. I was quite impressed with her collection of female masturbation slang expressions.

The author’s goal is to convey the message that self-pleasure is normal rather than taboo. Incorporating survey responses provides an interesting look at how differently women learn about the topic. Much of the “meat” of the book consists of shared experiences. It’s not until Chapter 7 that the author addresses methods and accessories. Once again, the language is clear and easy to understand.

The question/answer section in Chapter 9 seemed particularly interesting because of the variety of topics. So many women have a negative impression of their bodies that it is refreshing to read about self appreciation. I was also impressed with the large number of resources offered by the author. This book has all the intellectual qualities of a textbook without any of the stuffiness.