The Sexes: Out of the Lab

Sex Researchers William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson think that they have been misunderstood: their famed 1966 book Human Sexual Response was widely interpreted to suggest that good sex, like golf, is a matter of technique. A second book, Human Sexual Inadequacy (1970), dealt partly with the emotions but because of its scientific jargon, failed to erase their image as the high priests of sex-as-mechanics.

Now Masters and Johnson have produced a nontechnical book that they expect to clear their name: The Pleasure Bond (Little, Brown; $8.95), written by Robert J. Levin, an editor of Redbook, from taped interviews with the...

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