In a culture that seems bent on telling us that sex is wrong while at the same time using it to sell us cars and cigarettes, Susie Bright is a breath, no, hurricane
of fresh air. Bright--who started her public life with the nom de plume of Susie Sexpert--is intent on telling us that talking about sex isn't just good, it is mandatory for emotional sanity and happiness. Bright is forthright, honest, and amazingly cheerful about sex. No topics are taboo and she speaks from personal experience as well as from her own extensive research. Sexual State of the Union
is filled with good news, good advice, and good sense.
From Library Journal
Famous lesbian and "sexpert" Bright, editor of On Our Backs magazine and books like Best American Erotica (LJ 9/15/93), has put together a set of disparate essays on disparate topics, bouncing from censorship to cybersex to motherhood to S&M and back again. This would be fine except that the essays are also uneven in tone; some are thoughtful reminiscences about her experiences, both sexual and not; some are insightful analyses showing that people of both sexes and all ages need sex education; and one is just a list of questions asked by college students. Despite the irregularity of her writing, Bright's unvarnished truthfulness shines through. She obviously wants readers to understand where she's coming from and what she has experienced. Recommended for most public libraries because of Bright's popularity and candor, this also deserves a space in academic women's studies collections.-?Pamela A. Matthews, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore
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