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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Pr; 1st edition (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573440736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573440738
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When she was a kid, Carol Queen was called "Queen the Queer." "Queer" was still very much an insult at the time, not the term of power and pride it has recently become. Similarly, sex was called a bad thing, a nasty thing, even for, perhaps especially for, good girl feminists. Like other sex-positive folks of her generation, Carol Queen is re-evaluating the range and possibilities of sexual experience and identity. This book gathers previously published essays on topics ranging from pelvic exams, pornography law, the men's movement, sex as art, Madonna, and sacred whoredom. Queen is an intelligent, funny writer.

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A columnist for East Bay Express who also writes for a variety of other mainstream and alternative publications, Queen has collected many of her essays on sex in this volume. In fact, sex and the various ways it can be experienced appears to be primary focus in Queen's life, but the quality and interest level of the essays is very uneven. The best include a letter to her mother about her sex choices, one arguing why gynecologists and other physicians need better training on how to talk to patients about and during pelvic exams, and another that gives new insights into spanking as sexual pleasure. Though the essays tell in graphic detail the many ways an individual can be sexual, this book is not meant to be erotic. Its sexual content is primarily explicit, descriptive narrative. Thus, unless the reader is specifically interested in the details of Queen's sex life, the book can be quite boring. Recommended only for Bay Area or large sexual studies collections.?Pauline Klein, DeKalb Cty. P.L., Decatur, Ga.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By George V. Reilly on June 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
[I wrote this review three years ago. It used to have my name on it, but that somehow got lost a couple of years ago. I'd like to reclaim my review.-gvr]
Carol Queen is (or has been) a sexologist, a bisexual, a peep show stripper, a whore, and a damn good writer. I had read some of her erotica and eagerly snapped up this collection of essays.
She covers prostitution, pornography, censorship, sex work, sex education, bisexuality, exhibitionism, Madonna's _Sex_, safe sex, S/M, and much, more more. She's clear, she's incisive, she's sage, and she's almost frighteningly dead-on. You may not agree with everything she says, but she'll make you think. Especially recommended to fans of Susie Bright.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
Queen's book is a very bold discussion of our culturally defined notions of the place of sex and sexuality, for both women and men. Her writing challenges many long-held feminist notions of "deviant" sexual practices as supporitng the suppression and devaluation of women. Instead, Queen shows through her own personal trials and errors with sex, that women can control, guide and determine their own sexuality through myriad experiences, even those deemed "deviant" by more repressed social factions. While Queen mentions the existence of violence in the sex industry, I feel she too easily dismisses the prevelance of such. True, many women such as herself choose their own path as sex workers, but many do not. More could be said as to how to make "politically correct" choices in the use of sex products/services to support those who choose to participate, as opposed to supporting those who force participation. Queen's experience as an author of erotica is evident in this writing. Interestingly enough, this may begin to cause the reader to question just how much they are in tune with their own sexuality, when after completing a narrative passage, the reader suddenly wonders, "Wow, did that just turn me on?" Of course, you have to not be afraid to read it first. Enjoy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Abi Davis (adavis@suptech.com) on July 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Real Live Nude Girl was recommended to me several times before I picked it up. Knowing something about Carol Queen, her politics and the areas in which she works, I expected to be frightened more than engaged by the book. Boy, was I wrong! I'm glad I finally read it after all. Carol Queen's intelligence, humor, and insight make subjects that can be overwhelming come across instead as engaging and challenging. I was left knowing more, wondering more, and fearing less. So don't hesitate to give it a spin even if it sounds at first like a bit much.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "kellyeleasure" on June 20, 2001
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Seriously, this is an excellent book. Carol Queen is one of the grand dames of sex-positivity. Much (okay, all) of the book is autobiographical, and Queen uses her own experiences to further her ideas about radical sexuality. Ms. Queen is or has been all of the things other reviewers mentioned, and has also received a PhD from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) -- in other words, she knows her stuff. Though some of her prose is light, the stories of Queen's life are fascinating, and the theories she puts forth and hypotheses she posits are valid. I've read Real Live Nude Girl (which are, incidentally, the section titles) several times and almost always quote from it in my own essays about radical sexuality. Fun AND smart.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 2, 2004
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Real Live Nude Girl is quite simply one of the best books ever written on the human experience. Carol Queen is an intelligent, witty, and powerful writer whose experience in the sexual fringes of our society constitutes a great storehouse of wisdom. She has been a sex worker in areas that range from the peep show booths to training gynecologists how to give an intelligent and sensitive pelvic exam to speaking at men's gatherings.
Her approach is straghtforward and honest. She doesn't pull any punches or mince words. She also does not subscribe to the dogma of any "isms," and is genuinely concerned with the rights of all people to explore and experience their lives and sexuality in an atmosphere of open acceptance and even celebration. She is sex-positive and proud of it.
The book is divided into chapters dealing with different experiences and ideas, such as experiencing different sexual lifestyles, talking with others about your sexuality, being an exhibitionist, sex work, pornography, politics, and so on. Some of the chapter titles are:
Don't Fence Me In
Bisexual Perverts among the Leather Lesbians
Safe Words and Safe Sex
Pornography and the Sensitive New Age Guy
Healing and Holy Acts: Sacred Whoredom
She deals with sensitive and controversial issues very well, and her writing is easy and pleasurable to follow. She discusses the history of sexual repression in a variety of ways, using her experiences as points of reference. For example, she uses being onstage with Annie Sprinkle to discuss some of the history of sacred sexuality and why some religions have such a morbid fear of sex.
There is so much in this book that is so good, I could go on and on. There are six pages of bibliography for further reading, as well as all the people and books mentioned in the text.
If you only read one book ever on sex, culture, religion, and human experience, this should be it.
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