Start reading The S&M Feminist: Best Of Clarisse Thorn on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

The S&M Feminist: Best Of Clarisse Thorn [Kindle Edition]

Clarisse Thorn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $14.99
Kindle Price: $5.99
You Save: $9.00 (60%)

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $5.99  
Paperback $12.79  
Big Spring Books
Editors' Picks in Spring Releases
Ready for some fresh reads? Browse our picks for Big Spring Books to please all kinds of readers.

Book Description

If you're interested in S&M and culture — or if you just think sex is fascinating — then this book will inspire you and challenge you.

***

"I wish we could make it so everyone buying a copy of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' would also buy Clarisse Thorn's 'The S&M Feminist.'"

~ A.V. Flox, editor of BlogHer Love & Sex

***

Clarisse Thorn's writing has appeared across the Internet in places like The Guardian, AlterNet, Feministe, Jezebel, Time Out, The Rumpus, Ms., and The Good Men Project. This is a selection of her best articles, all in one place!

Clarisse has delivered sexuality workshops and lectures across the world. In 2009, she created and curated the ongoing Sex+++ sex-positive documentary film series at Chicago's historic feminist site, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. In 2010, she returned from working on HIV mitigation in southern Africa. She has also volunteered as an archivist, curator and fundraiser for that venerable S&M institution, the Leather Archives & Museum. This book includes Clarisse's commentary on her writing process. Plus, there are "study guides" to help readers get the most from each section!

* * *

"Clarisse isn’t afraid to talk about her own experiences with BDSM, relationships, and sexual politics. But she’s also not afraid to explore some of the issues around consent, violence, and safety that a lot of the kink cheerleaders would like to sweep under the rug. She brings a refreshing honesty to her writing that is often lacking. Add to that a deep commitment to feminism and sex-positivity, and you have an amazing combination.

"The tension between kink and feminism is a tough one to hold onto and most people end up firmly in one camp or the other. What makes Clarisse’s writing phenomenal is her steadfast refusal to avoid doing that. The clarity with which she discusses both sides without resorting to caricatures or stereotypes is simultaneously inspiring and challenging. If you’re interested in either or both, I can’t recommend her enough."

~ adult sex educator Charlie Glickman of Good Vibrations


Product Details

  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086QIBEC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Deserving of Reviews September 9, 2012
Format:Paperback
I recommend this book whether or not you are into aspects of BDSM or gender theory, for Clarisse Thorn might change your mind subtly about both as she has mine.

Although this book deals somewhat actively with BDSM, its sex-positive nature is actually much more encompassing of all types of sexuality than its name implies. Bringing lessons and practices from the BDSM community, such as safewords to increase the level of verbal and non-verbal consent, Clarisse Thorn presents many tools for healthy forms of communication and self-discovery. By drawing upon her own experiences (good and bad), Thorn embues personality into her writing and thereby makes the analytical style both relatable and exciting.

NOTES ON TITLE: The name comes from a central premise that BDSM is not antithetical to feminism, and a bit about the author's coming to grips with this fact. Hidden in this title is her natural inclination towards the sadism and masochism (S&M) of the BDSM community, instead of say dominance and submission or other parts of the 6-in-1 acronym of BDSM. Despite not personally identifying as heavily with the pain/pleasure concept, I never felt put off--but was quite often fascinated--by her writings.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it so much it hurt October 26, 2012
By BC2
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thought this was a great book. It's written in a way that's accessible to those who know nothing about BDSM without being boring to kinky folks. I loved Thorn's emphasis on consent and communication. I loved her clear and unapologetic views on sexuality and women's empowerment. I agreed with it so much that I bought a copy for one of my best friends, who tries to be kink friendly but admits that she is worried about me every time she sees a bruise on my body, who can't understand any motivation for engaging in BDSM other than sexual gratification and cannot understand how pain can be part of sexual (or nonsexual) gratification. (The book even includes an essay on how an orgasm is not Thorn's favorite part of sex.) Although the primary focus of the book is on how female submission/masochism is not contradictory to feminism, it also includes substantial discussion of how a man can be a sub/bottom/masochist without feeling emasculated and how a man can be a top/dom/sadist without feeling like an abuser. Thorn also talks about her own experiences topping men; the only topics that aren't analyzed in the book are power dynamics in same-sex or trans couples (because Thorn is heterosexual and switches, and the essays are based on her own life experience). She also analyzes polygamy, monogamy, sex work, and other topics from angles I'd never even thought of before. It's available as an e-book as well as in print, so you all should really go buy it today. And if you're not already, you should follow her blog at clarissethorn(dot)com.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Some great writing about kink! September 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It's easy to find plenty of folks who write about how to do BDSM play, and many of them know what they're talking about and can explain it well. There are also quite a few bloggers who share their personal stories and experiences of kink, positive or otherwise. And there's no shortage of people (mostly, but not always feminists) who can discuss the ways in which BDSM can reenact and reinforce some of the really screwed up ways in which sexuality and power are shaped by our culture.

But what's often missing is a blend of all of them. It's hard to find someone who can talk about kink from both personal experience, as someone who enjoys it, while also discussing the many problems, challenges, and questions that surround it. So I really enjoy reading Clarisse Thorn's work.

Clarisse isn't afraid to talk about her own experiences with BDSM, relationships, and sexual politics. But she's also not afraid to explore some of the issues around consent, violence, and safety that a lot of the kink cheerleaders would like to sweep under the rug. She brings a refreshing honesty to her writing that is often lacking. Add to that a deep commitment to feminism and sex-positivity, and you have an amazing combination.

The tension between kink and feminism is a tough one to hold onto and most people end up firmly in one camp or the other. What makes Clarisse's writing phenomenal is her steadfast refusal to avoid doing that. The clarity with which she discusses both sides without resorting to caricatures or stereotypes is simultaneously inspiring and challenging. If you're interested in either or both, I can't recommend her enough.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid reading for the thinking BDSMer May 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Clarisse takes such a grounded look at how feminism and BDSM intersect, addressing concerns from others and real issues in the community. It was a great read and gave me a lot to look for and consider as I explore the community for myself.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought Provoking Look At Alternative Lifestyles April 18, 2013
By Raine
Format:Paperback
This collection of blogs is a fantastic read for anyone even remotely interested in "alternative" lifestyles. Full of insight and thought-provoking information, these entries detail the author's experiences with and ruminations on her chosen path. There are no feminist rants to scare readers or grand pronouncements of the "accept it or perish" variety. The focus is more on reasons behind choosing to live a certain way, how it can affect them (and society at large) and how to accept yourself for who you are.

The writing is dense (in the best sense)... so full of description, facts and considerations. Approaching 400 pages, it may seem like a daunting book to undertake reading. But the author knows how to write (refreshing, considering the poor quality of so many blogs) and the text is quite engaging. Even then, I took much longer to read this than I normally would have because I kept putting it aside every few pages to think about what I had read. But the time spent on it was most definitely worthwhile.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?

More About the Author

Clarisse Thorn writes and speaks about sex, gender, new media, and communities. Her writing has appeared across the Internet in places like The Guardian, AlterNet, Feministe, Jezebel, Ms. Media, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, Role/Reboot, and Time Out. She has delivered lectures across the USA, from museums to universities to SXSW-interactive.

In 2009, Clarisse created and curated the four-year-long Sex+++ documentary film series at Chicago's historic feminist site, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. In 2010, she returned to the USA after working on HIV mitigation in southern Africa. She has also volunteered as an archivist, curator and fundraiser for that venerable S&M institution, the Leather Archives & Museum. Clarisse spends most of her time in San Francisco and Chicago.

Find Clarisse's blog at clarissethorn.com, or follow her on Twitter @ClarisseThorn.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category


ARRAY(0x9c003024)