I asked Annie Sprinkle if I could review her new book The Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm: For EveryBody, because I have been a long-time fan of her work and knew that it would amazing. I also hoped to learn a thing or two at the same time. I must say that the book exceeded even my wildest expectations!
I find in my personal experience that the more knows more about a subject like orgasm, the more difficult it to explain it in a succinct, engaging, and fun way, and Sprinkle would certainly know a lot about orgasms being a seasoned sex educator including having taught in online DVDs such as Amazing World of Orgasm, and How to be a Sex Goddess. This book did so deliciously and delightfully – I kid you not!
Sprinkle with Beth welcomes us to the book by explaining the ride to Planet Orgasm where visitors are called Orgasmanauts. This is a mysterious and wonderful of planet where dozens of kinds of orgasms await. The book introduces you to the training team, defines what is an orgasm, orientates you before taking you through their Orgasmanaut Training – there are four levels: Basic (intellectual level), Intermediate (having tried their tips and experiments), X-treme (everything the program had to offer), and XXX-treme (teaching others!).
The book systemically explains the seven keys to more orgasmic potential in chapter eight, then guides to through the steps for Ecstasy Breathing with clear instructions and illustrations in chapter nine. There are of course, tips to finding your G-spot, how to orgasm with female ejaculation, as well as how to attain P-spot orgasm for people with prostates.
In chapter 10, Sprinkle and Beth move into explaining three main types of orgasms: Genital (physical stimulation); Energy (without genital physical stimulation), and Hybrid (physical stimulation with awareness of energy release of flow). They explain solo and partnered orgasms, multiple orgasms, vaginal orgasms, before delving into the many other types of orgasms possible in chapter 11 onwards. You don’t want to miss The Megagasm – the tsunami of orgasms! The book cites as well as interviews esteemed colleagues like Betty Dodson, Debby Herbenick, Joseph Kramer, and Barbara Carrellas, Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy.
This fun book is interwoven with fascinating facts on orgasm research which will take you through undiscovered orgasmic lands! The tone is warm, reassuring, approachable, and playful! It’s easy-to-read, fun yet useful all at the same time! It is evident that a lot of thought and love went into this book – not to mention that it is beautifully illustrated. I would recommend to friends and cosmonauts of any age who want to understand the whole world of Orgasms out there!
About the Authors
Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., has passionately researched and explored sexuality for over forty years, sharing her experiences through films, books, articles, and photography. She was the first porn star to earn a Ph.D. and taught hundreds of sex workshops for all genders. Sprinkle and her collaborator Beth Stephens are internationally acclaimed artists who create sexually oriented visual art, theater, and performance. Together they are pioneering the new “ecosex movement.”
Beth Stephens, Ph.D., is a performance artist, filmmaker, activist, and Professor of Art at UCSC. Her work has explored themes of feminism, environmentalism, and queerness for twenty-five years. Since 2008 she has been doing ecosex art and education internationally.
YuDori, a student at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, lives in Korea. Her work can be viewed at www.yudori.com.
About the Reviewer
Dr. Martha Tara Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching. She is a certified sexologist with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. She provides sexuality and relationship coaching for individuals and couples, conducts sexual education workshops and speaks at public events. She is the author of the books Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, and Orgasmic Yoga. She is also the host of the weekly radio show Eros Evolution on OMTimes Radio. For more, visit www.ErosCoaching.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.