Talk:Alex Comfort

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Pen name?[edit]

The Joy of Sex says Comfort was a nom de guerre for multiple authors. That article and this are probably not both correct. --Calieber 21:04, 28 Sep 2003 (UTC)

That article was untrue.—Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]] ([[User talk:{{{1}}}|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/{{{1}}}|contribs]])

Comfort had a mistress (his later second wife Jane) whom he "kitchen tested" all the positions in the book, even photographed himself. He basically had two wives spending three days a week with the mistress, the rest with his (first) wife. In order not to embarrass his (first) wife when the book came out, he thought to attribute his knowledge of sex not to himself, but to fake people whom had 'told him about it' - he would take the official position of being an "editor". In fact Comfort wrote the entire book himself and had spent over a decade personally, ah, "experimenting" for the greater good of us all. Green Cardamom (talk) 02:32, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

I wonder what his birth name was? 38.115.185.4 (talk) 16:05, 12 March 2013 (UTC)Nobody@Nowhere.com

Recent Publicity[edit]

I came looking for details of a book (The Anxiety Makers) not mentioned here, and looking at the currently brief article I recalled recently seeing a long account of Alex Comfort's life in one of the weekend newspaper magazines (probably the Guardian or Observer) in connection with a new edition (by his son) of the Joy of Sex. The pictures had been changed, replacing the bearded man. Comfort seems to have been a curious mixture of libertarian and authoritarian. NRPanikker (talk) 01:02, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

He wasn't authoritarian by any stretch of the means, he was an anarchist throughout his life and was denied entrance to the United States for that reason (he was later allowed in because of his knowledge of the aging process).

Comfort and Orwell[edit]

Comfort and George Orwell (Eric Blair) had a series of run-ins during WWII. Comfort was a radical Pacifist, who believed that all violence was immoral and Orwell was a revolutionary Socialist, who believed in confronting the Nazis millitarily. They had several slanging matches, usually in Leftist newspapers and magazines. I'm preparing a section to reflect this (I think) interesting period of Comfort's life. 203.158.58.145 (talk) 00:17, 7 August 2011 (UTC)