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Sex without guilt in the 21st century
Ellis, Albert.
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Fort Lee, NJ : Barricade, [2003]

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xv, 238 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-235).
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HQ31 .E624 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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With his approval of masturbation, premarital sex and mutual adultery, the articles of Albert Ellis continue to provoke modern readers, as much as they did when he wrote them in the 50s, with his logical, humanistic approach to the taboo subject of sex. This updated collection of articles explores current myths about love, sexual inadequacies and sex fears.

Author Notes

Albert Ellis was a clinical psychologist and a marriage counselor. He was born on September 27, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ellis originated the rational-emotive therapy movement, which ignores Freudian theories and advocates the belief that emotions come from conscious thought "as well as internalized ideas of which the individual may be unaware." At first, Ellis' books on marital romance and sexuality were criticized by some as being radical and sensational; however, few realized that Ellis was merely laying the groundwork for modern sex education.

Ellis was educated at the City College of New York Downtown and at Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. in psychology in 1943. He taught for a number of years at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and the Union Graduate School. He was executive director of the Institute for Rational Living, Inc., in New York City. Ellis was the author of Sex and the Liberated Man, Sex Without Guilt, and Sex Without Guilt in the Twenty-First Century.

Despite his health issues, Ellis never stopped working with the assistance of his wife, Australian psychologist Debbie Joffe Ellis. In April 2006, Ellis was hospitalized with pneumonia, and had to stay in either the hospital or the rehabilitation facility. He eventually returned to his home --- the top floor of the Albert Ellis Institute. He died there on July 24, 2007 in his wife's arms. Ellis had authored and co-authored more than 80 books and 1200 articles during his lifetime. He was 93 when he died.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

First published in 1958, Sex Without Guilt remains uncomfortably pointed, with 90-year-old Ellis, a psychologist and author of at least 70 books about sex or Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), still ahead of the sexual revolution. He convincingly maintains, alas still accurately, that Americans feel guilty, conflicted, fearful, and irrational about sex. A more rational view, he writes, aims for responsible and long-range hedonism, with tolerance for "petting," nonmarital sex, sex without love, and pluralistic attitudes. Certain activities can needlessly harm self or others, so people had best consider rational consequences and change behavior without guilt and self-damning. Judicious (although occasionally incomplete) updates and several new chapters incorporate gays and lesbians, plus modern examples, sources, and updated REBT approaches for making sexual choices and decisions. Downgrading "demands" to "desires" is REBT's prescription for a better life: it is musturbation, not masturbation, that leads to misery. Ellis's revised classic will introduce REBT to readers yet unaware of its uses in reducing anxiety and promoting clearer thinking about complex sexual issues, including adultery and impotence. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Martha Cornog, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.