Men's Sexual Health: Fitness for Satisfying Sex

By Zoldbrod, Aline | Contemporary Sexuality, September 2008 | Go to article overview

Men's Sexual Health: Fitness for Satisfying Sex


Zoldbrod, Aline, Contemporary Sexuality


Men's Sexual Health: Fitness for Satisfying Sex Barry McCarthy and Michael Metz. Routledge, 2008. $19.95.

Men's Sexual Health: Fitness for Satisfying Sex is a remarkable contribution to the field of sex therapy. This book should be on the bookshelf and bibliotherapy list of every sexual health and sex education professional. McCarthy and Metz have discussed their treatment methodology and their "GoodEnough Sex" model in prior books on coping with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, but Men's Sexual Health is actually a kind of all-in-one male handbook for how to understand and enhance healthy sexuality by challenging performance-based sex. This book is great for adults and older adults, but I get even more excited when I think about giving it to young men who don't have sexual problems yet...

The tone is reassuring, and the stance is nonjudgmental, but decidedly not wishy-washy. The authors take important positions on a number of topics. The discussions and exercises on understanding and naming your feelings, rather than sexualizing them, and on simultaneously appreciating, understanding and taming your drive are superb.

Unfortunately, the book's language is 100 percent heterosexual. I know it makes for difficult reading/editorial structuring to make each sentence applicable to gay, straight and bisexual couples. …

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