From Publishers Weekly
While Southerners may be famous for churchgoing and family values, they also "like to liberate themselves," according to journalist Parker, a Little Rock, Ark., native with a reputation for sexual controversy. One needs only an Internet connection, a car and an open mind, and the South is a veritable sexual smorgasbord, with its Passion Parties ("think 1970s Tupperware parties but with rubber penises instead of plastic ice trays"), Iron Belles (for "muscle fantasy"), bondage and s&m clubs, aqua porn, swingers parties, strip clubs and BBW (Big Beautiful Women) parties. The South may look straight-laced, Parker admits, but the same ladies trying and buying double-penis dildos at Passion Parties in Maumelle, Ark., are also reading the Christian apocalyptic Left Behind novels and going to church every Sunday. For better or worse, Parker's no social scientist, so she's quick to ditch her hook (the religion vs. hot sex problem) in favor of wide-eyed voyeurism. At any rate, it's probably more fun to read about Ms. Cindy's projectile ejaculations than how she feels about sin. Holding fast to her mantra "Your kink's not my kink, but your kink is okay" Parker interviews a host of sexually adventurous people (mostly heterosexual white women) who are grateful the Internet has helped them connect with like-minded fetishists and pleased that their sex lives have become more fun or more profitable. Curiously, the last stop on Parker's erotic odyssey is a pilgrimage to Gennifer Flowers's bar for a GLBT (gay, lesbian, bi, trans-gender) literary soiree that only leaves Parker fantasizing about Clinton.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
The American South is a land of intrigue and mystery. To those who have never tasted her personally, a mention of the South often conjures Hollywood visions of debutante balls, hoop skirts, and a faint whiff of brimstone emanating from the pulpit. To the uninitiated, this is an anachronistic land where gentlemen and ladies live lives governed entirely by genteel manners and the Good Book.
Peel back the seersucker and organdy exterior, though, and youll find another world entirely. A world of public propriety, and private libertinism; where rectitude rules from Sunday to Friday, but sin rides on Saturday night.
Moral repression often breeds sexual creativity, and nowhere is that more true than in the South. Join Suzi Parker on a private journey to an eccentric side of sin where Southerners secretly (and not-so-secretly) defy sexual convention. In a region where towns often have more churches than liquor stores, youll encounter a host of unforgettable characters.
Enter the world of two Texas grandmothers who teach wives how to strip for their husbands. Go undercover and sneak into the secret world of Alabamas thriving BDSM scene. And youll never ever forget Trigger, the Human Equine.
These are people who live, work, and worship in the South. Unbeknownst to you, your hotel desk clerk may also be an author of gay erotic tales. That nice couple from the PTA meetings may indeed be swingers. You just dont knowuntil now.
Peer behind the magnolia blossoms and discover what makes Secret Dixie tick. This voyeurs journey is not for the faint-of-heart or the prudish, but one thing is for sureyoull never look at the South the same way again.