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"If you're a sex nerd (or an aspiring sex nerd), this book is a must-have on your shelf. Best Sex Writing 2010 covers some of the most timely and provocative sex questions of the day."

--Mistress Maeve, Blogger: Seven Days
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Product Details

  • Series: Best Sex Writing
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (January 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443784
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,678,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nayland Blake on January 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
A thoughtful and provocative collection that gathers writers from the print and on-line worlds to tackle the year's biggest topics in sex. Very little of what appears here can be classed as erotica, though if you prefer to spend time between the sheets with someone who has something between their ears, this is the book you should pick up.

It's the nature of anthologies to be uneven, and this is no exception. There's a welcome breadth of identities represented here, with some common themes sounded: the still contentious role of sex education in the United States (especially the outgoing administration's relentless pushing of "abstinence only" curricula), the ongoing struggle against AIDS, the absurdities of many of the current sex laws, and the various ways in which women's bodies and identities remain subject to societal controls.

Several of the pieces still bear the clear imprint of where they were first published: David Black's tour through the LA Swinger's community mingles sex scenes and a few soft facts in in just the proportions you would expect from a Playboy feature, while Brian Alexander's piece on Sex Surrogates was originally published on [...] and is as flat and truncated as most of the writing on that site. Rachel Swan's piece, originally from the East Bay Express, is a solid look at the condom industry and is pretty much business journalism that just happens to be about a sexual topic.

For me the most successful pieces are those that combine a strong personal voice with a topic that is unexpected and difficult.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Creech on April 6, 2010
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Rachel Kramer Brussel has put together a fantastic assortment of sexual essays. There are many different topics these essays delve into: from condoms to texting, homosexuality to swinging, BDSM to affairs. These topics come from intellectual writers who deliver information while captivating the reader. Most of the essays are not so much sexually exciting as they are learning experiences. But don't get me wrong, there is plenty of spice to keep you reading if the sexuality-related information isn't enough for you.

I look forward to next year's collection, and I will continue to reccommend the 2010 edition to friends and family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin Schmidt on November 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Best Sex Writing 2010" should be required reading for everyone over the age of 18. The 25 essays in this non-fiction volume take a wide-ranging, fascinating and informative view of many aspects of human sexuality. This book is practically un-put-down-able! You may not agree with all the perspectives in these essays, but you will learn from them.

In "The Girl Who Only Sometimes Said No," Diana Joseph and her thirteen-year-old son, and she explores her feelings when he labels a female classmate "a slut." "Secrets of the Phallus" by Jesse Bering is one evolutionary biologist's perspective on why the human penis is shaped like it is. (Did you know human men have the largest penis size, relative to the size of their bodies, than any other animal?) Johanna Gohmann's "The Vagina Dialogues" examines the cosmetic vaginal surgery industry. "Sex Laws That Can Really Screw You" by Ellen Friedrichs exposes some of the absurdities, and some downright frightening facts, about the state of American sex laws. "What Really Turns Men On" by John DeVore is a wonderfully heartfelt essay singing the praises of women with curves. This one may actually have been my favorite.

"It's a Shame About Ray" by Kirk Read has a sex worker walking away disappointed he couldn't do more to enjoy the full glory of a client's quirky sexuality. In "BDSM and Playing with Race," Mollena Williams boldly lets her politically incorrect fantasies out to play. "Remembering Pubic Hair" by Paul Krassner waxes nostalgic (no pun intended) about the days before porn-star-style shaved labia became the norm for women. In "Sexual Outlaw," the always-entertaining Betty Dobson describes the 1980s lesbian S/M scene. In "Go Thin or Bust," Rachel Swan explores the world's thinnest condoms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Caperton on February 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was a revelation, not so much for its subject matter, as for the discovery that I could find between the soft covers of a paperback such a rich treasure of fantastic writing on one of my favorite subjects - sex.

I know Rachel Kramer Bussel's work through saucy, HOT erotica anthologies, but Best Sex Writing 2010 was the first of her non fiction collections I have read. I have to admit, I turned that first page with a little trepidation - I love fiction, I love getting lost in the excitement and endless possibilities of erotica, but in picking up this book, in turning that first page, I had my shields up. This wasn't fiction - this was facts, and personal essays that examined lives and livelihoods, expectations, personal kinks and all the emotional, physical and social complexities inherent in the often shrouded conversation of (shhhh!) sex. And you know what? I squirmed, but I also laughed, and I saw through the words of the authors, worlds of heartfelt, experienced passion, drive and reflection.

I love the balance Rachel achieved in this collection. Some of the subjects, like Seth Michael Donsky's "The Trouble with Safe Sex" are thought-provoking and serious, while John Thursday's "A Cunning Linguist" tickles its way through sexual vocabulary.

Rachel has arranged the essays so that some of the heavier ones are bracketed by lighter, more playful fare. This was the case with the essay bracket of Kirk Read's "It's a Shame About Ray" a light-hearted account of a transvestite escort and an unusual client request, followed by the essay that has stayed with me for days, Mollena Williams' raw, unashamed examination of race role-play in "BDSM and Playing with Race," and then finished with something lighter, the chuckle after the weight, Paul Krassner's "Remembering Pubic Hair".

This book has something for everyone. From lesbian love to Tijuana Bibles, this collection of sexy essays is a must read!
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