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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Margaret Smyth. This classic work, first published in , concentrates on the cultivation of the technique of eroticism as an art in marriage. It sets the sexual relationship in the nostalgic prose of a more leisured age.

Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published September 18th by Greenwood Press Reprint first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 28, Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it Shelves: a-research , non-fiction , research-reviews.

Therefore it will have many unpleasant results for me. But I must write down what I have learned to be true and right. There is too much joy untasted which could enhance life's worth.

I am certain that many men and women, even if they do not dare say so, will breathe their thanks in the privacy of their nuptial chamber. I was not aware that this sort of information was available so openly at that time.

The range of topics is extensive. Here is a sampling Human Physiology of Sex: smell, sight, touch, taste Sexual Physiology of the Adult Woman: clitoris Sexual Union: stimulation of the male organ, great range of feminine sensation, failure of woman to achieve orgasm Sexual Communion: feminine ejaculation, position and action, increase of pleasure, positions converse and averse Bodily Hygiene Contraception: oral contraception-The Pill, male condom, femal cap diaphram , the safe period Plates: external genital organs of woman, interior female genitalia, genital organs of man.

Vandevelde presents throughout his book a compassionate interest in helping married couples achieve sexual satisfaction in marriage. There is a particular emphasis that the husband should, as a civilized person, learn about and be concerned for the sexual pleasure of his wife. I am planning to have the two main characters in my new novel attend one of Dr.

Vandevelde's lectures in Munich in At the time the German boy, Berthold, is 20 and the Polish girl, Anna, is They are both titillated and embarrassed by what they hear. Each buys a copy of the book, offering the possibility of extended communication by mail after she returns to Warsaw. View all 5 comments. May 29, Adrian Colesberry rated it really liked it.

I have read parts of this book before but basically read the whole thing three nights ago for a project I was doing. I have the version and have no idea why it was reprinted in That seems nuts.

This was the most popular sex manual in the west for several decades. It's the book that Kinsey makes fun of for its inaccuracies in the movie Kinsey. I'd love to have a really old version, because it did change a bit with the times. I don't have a version warning against oral sex for example I have read parts of this book before but basically read the whole thing three nights ago for a project I was doing.

I don't have a version warning against oral sex for example. Mine allows for it, but in the orgasm section, still advocates for the achievement of simultaneous orgasm, only grudgingly accepting the concept that a woman might be able to help with her fingers. A simultaneous orgasm is all but impossible for the majority of couples. The orgasm graphs in How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry are a lampoon of Van de Velde's graphs where he campaigns for simultaneous orgasm.

I do feel like I got a better understanding of why women faking it became so widespread. Obviously, faking is a way to make a guy feel OK about cumming, which has an instrumental convenience in day-to-day life. I'm not advocating it, I'm just understanding it. But Van de Velde ups the ante by saying: So, above all, I would impress on all married men: every considerable erotic stimulation of their wives that does not terminate in orgasm, on the woman's part, represents an injuury , and repeated injuries of this kind lead ot permanent--or very obstinate--damage to both body and soul.

Holy crap?! What woman wouldn't fake it after that? The section on female hygiene is also pretty hysterical, cotton swabs soaked in alcohol. View all 3 comments. Mar 16, Derk rated it it was amazing.

Move over Masters and Johnson, an amazingly enlightened book from an amazingly unenlightened era. Oct 17, Stephen Douglas Rowland rated it it was amazing. This incredible book taught me that women experience profuse motions of the bowels while menstruating. I also learned that the colored races are fond of insertion without ejaculation namely the Japanese.

Celery is a major aphrodisiac, but drinking lemonade will drastically decrease your sexual desire. And if you want to learn about the odors of smegma in men and women, I can't think of a better book to read.

Everything he reads is sexual and reproductive nonsense. I picked this from a pile of free books, based on the title "Ideal Marriage. It is interesting, in a way, to read a sex manual from Turning to a random page , one finds the royal physician's advice to the Empress Maria Theresa: "Praeterea censeo, vulvam sacratissimae Majestatis, ante coitum, diutius esse titillandam.

Let's try it again p. And also medicated carbonic acid baths. I have not actually read this quite yet, but got it from a free box. Being highly interested in human sexuality myself, I thought that a book from thus era would be entertaining at worst. So its been sitting on my shelf with all my other books on sex, waiting patiently. I'm currently reading Bonk by Mary Roach and she mentioned Ideal Marriage, gave some context to the social climate at the time of its publishing and some other interesting snippets on it.

I'll read it, with even more an open mind I have not actually read this quite yet, but got it from a free box. I'll read it, with even more an open mind than I would've set out. Apr 20, Moosa marked it as to-read. Dec 15, John rated it it was ok.

Rated: D. May 24, Arther Synhalevych rated it it was amazing. I think it's great! Mona Alameer rated it it was amazing Apr 15, Lika rated it it was amazing Feb 21, Jakov Jurac rated it it was amazing Aug 01,


Ideal Marriage

It was the best-known work on its subject for several decades, and was reprinted 46 times in the original edition. After World-War Two, it sold over a half-million copies. A revised edition was published in It proclaimed the "critical goal of marriage consists of sexual pleasure shared by husband and wife" Melody and Person, p. A edition of the book described itself as concentrating "on the cultivation of the technique of eroticism as an art in marriage. Over half a million copies were sold in the United States alone, and it enjoyed equal success in Europe. This is not a prude's book.


Ideal Marriage, Its Physiology and Technique


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