Are You a Retrosexual?
This checklist will help you decide. We liked the reference to Barbasol, and especially liked the third item on the list: "a retrosexual never acknowledges he is in a relationship." Spoken like a true male, we thought. And speaking of retro sex, we were tickled to learn recently that that great absurdist illustrated manual of '70s sexuality, The Joy of Sex, will soon be published in updated fashion. You had to be a kid in the repressed '70s to appreciate how wild and lascivious that book seemed when we adolescents first came upon it, complete with those weirdly compelling pencil drawings of the amorous couple engaged in, well...coupling. I don't know how girls felt about it (if indeed they felt anything at all), but I can safely say that millions of adolescent American boys treated it like illicit samizdat literature, to be hungrily glimpsed in bookstores or (if you were really lucky) consumed at greater leisure in a friend's home, snuck from their parents' hiding place when the coast was clear. It's hard to imagine today, with the ubiquity of porn on the Internet, how electrifying this all seemed at the time. I had forgotten all about it, in fact, until I came across the aforementioned news account, which included a reprinting of one of those iconic sketches. For just a moment, it vividly reminded me of what it felt like to be a 15-year-old, peach-fuzzed, girl-crazy kid.