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From the Author

I don't know about you, but my body parts have names. My hands I call, "Fric and Frac." My legs are known as "Sticks and Bones." My breasts I refer to as "Gussie and Gertie." My behind is affectionately known as "Waelene." The fact that she isn't doesn't really mater. Then there's "Molly." Every woman has a Molly. Sometimes she's called "Puntang." Others may call her "Bubbles." When I first heard someone refer to her as "Vagina," I had no idea who or what she was talking about. "You mean 'Virginia,' don't you?" "No!" my classmate responded emphatically, "It's called a vagina. V-a-g-i-n-a. That's the proper name for it." Rather impersonal, don't you think? Then again, many women, particularly Black women, have a very impersonal relationship with their "M-o-l-l-y." It's a historical thang....As women, so many of us are deprived of a healthy respect of and connection to our sexuality. For some, it is shrouded in so much shame, by so many convoluted messages, that we actually become detached from our sexual identities. We like sex, but we can't talk about it. We engage in sex, but we are, at times, afraid to enjoy it. When we do enjoy the act, and our partners, we are often subjected to ridicule and heartbreak. It can get confusing and tiring. How can something so good, be bad for you? How can something that feels so good, cause so much pain? It's a question that we still ask ourselves today. Fortunately, however, we are talking more about it.

As women, we are exploring our sexuality, and exhibiting our sexual identity from a more integrated perspective. We've got our heads involved now. We are thinking about what we are doing. We've got our hearts involved now. We are not allowing feelings to drive us, or deprive us. We are talking more now, about our Mollys and Mabels. We are sharing and comparing notes on how to care for this part of ourselves. How to preserve this aspect of our beings and bodies. How to satisfy our needs as an expression of, and with respect for, who we are as women. We no longer hide our sexuality. Instead, we are exploring and defining it, privately and publicly. We are no longer willing to accept our sexual identity as a "dependant appendage." We no longer limit sexuality to our body parts. We are discovering our sexual nature to be a source of creativity. A well spring of our health, and a source of pleasure for which we are now willing to accept full responsibility in manifesting. Mabel has come into her fullness. She is now known in a very private arena as "Peaches and Cream." She is not just a "Lunchable," she's a full course meal!

As you move through the pages of this book, do not just read the words, feel them. Undoubtedly, they will trigger your own memories of some stories you've been told that you may want to re-write. The stories you will read here may evoke uncomfortable feelings that you may need to come to grips with on your own journey to a deeper understanding and greater appreciation of our sexual identity and nature. From a more practical aspect, you may want to consider that the fullness of sexual expression as orgasm drains your lymph nodes. In women, lymph nodes are actively involved in several forms of cancer. You may not be aware that the enzymes released throughout your body at the height of sexual arousal lubricate your skin. You may find it interesting that the same number of calories you burn with one good, thirty-second orgasm, would take twenty minutes to burn on a treadmill. If that's not enough to convince you that erotic activity and thoughts are good for you, how about the plain old truth that it's pleasurable! It's fun! Most of all, it's private. For all the years of service to others, don't you and Molly or Mabel or Peaches, or V-a-g-i-n-a deserve to have a little fun? Why not relax and enjoy? You'll feel a lot better."-Iyanla Vanzant, from the Introduction

About the Author

Blanche Richardson has edited books by Inyanla Vanzant, Tina McElroy Ansa, and E. Lynn Harris.
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Product Details

  • Series: Best Black Women's Erotica Series
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573441066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573441063
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Claudia on June 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is one I can't seem to keep in my house. I have bought four copies and don't have a single one left...and I just bought them this week. Every person who has browsed it, has sat down and found themselves immersed in its lyricism and raw sensuality. They laugh, they wonder, they smile to themselves, they want more, and they leave my door with book in hand.
It is something to give your best buddies male and female, and to share intimately with someone you love. What more can you want from good writing, good literature...good stuff?
All of us can't wait for the next edition.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on November 21, 2002
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Looking for an enjoyable collection of erotic stories written by well-known authors that we have all come to respect? Best Black Women's Erotica is a wonderful book to pique your interest in the erotica.
Iyanla Vanzant's introduction takes you down memory lane to a time when we all had a variety of names for the intimate parts of our body. You will truly laugh and smile at some of Iyanla's reminiscing of the antics of her growing up.
The selection of erotic stories were good and had you turning pages very quickly to find out what happens next. Zane's "Mergers and Acquisitions" sums up why she is becoming a popular writer of erotic stories. Bertice Berry, Tananarive Due, Renee Swindle, Karen Johnson, just to name a few authors, all had something to say and they said it well. You will enjoy their stories.
What was really deep was Nikki Giovanni's "Bring On the Bombs: A Historical Interview." This was definitely something different from the empress of poetry, but it also told me that she could be diversified in her writing. Great work Nikki.
Overall, I recommend that you read Best Black Women's Erotica edited by Blanche Richardson.
I don't think you will be disappointed. I must also commend the great selection of writers who
have ventured from their normal genre to entertain us with some great erotica selections. Good work ladies!
Reviewed by Kalaani
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Althea D. Deal on February 6, 2002
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Wanted to share the summary of the opinions from the 12 members of our "Sisters Literary Circle."
Four members expressed that the book was interesting and enjoyable. Two members stated because of the short stories it took away from their focus. Once you begin to enjoy reading one of the fantasies it ended. Although there were many different type of fantasies it was noted that some details were quite graphic and did not appeal to some. Three members found the information worthy to share with their mates. Two members were completely turned off and considered it porn.
I myself enjoyed the majority of the stories. Best Liked: Homecumming; Least liked: the story by MR T?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SimplyBeautiful on May 27, 2002
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Whether you need to bring the spice back into your life or you want ideas on taking pleasure to another level, this book is for you. Very quick read. I enjoyed all 15 stories. The stories ranged from traditional to not-so-traditional to off-da-hook. The introduction by Iyanla Vanzant was also very well written--a great icebreaker. I recommend this book to anyone with sexual fantasies and/or looking to take their sex life to another level. Don't be afraid...
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mala on July 14, 2001
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I am so glad that I did. I could not put it down. I read the entire book in one day. Every story left me wanting more and more. Each story is highly erotic and the book lives up to its name. It will forever be on my top ten list of books to read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Brown on April 17, 2002
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I finished it in a few days. Talk about taking your fantasies to the next level. This book will make you think of doing things you could not even fathom before.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Latrice K. Johnson on August 16, 2002
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I read all of the stories in this book over the course of several nights and I could NOT WAIT to share it!!! I absolutely loved the stories. I could not even attempt to stop myself from getting wrapped up in each and every story. I later read it with a "friend" and it was still...too hot to touch!
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By M. Turner on January 25, 2011
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...not sure what I really expected from this book. Some of the stories are just plain WEIRD. Not kinky weird, just weird in a way that would never spark my interest, especially not in a sexual/ erotic way. The couple of stories that weren't straight up strange were not very memorable so I won't bother to review those. In all, not a complete waste of money since I was mildly entertained by a couple of the stories, but other books are much better in my opinion.
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