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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (September 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573441570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573441575
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, sex educator, speaker, filmmaker, and radio host. She is the author of seven books, including The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, The Big Book of Sex Toys, and True List: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion. She is the editor of more than 25 anthologies including The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge and Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, winner of a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. She was creator and series editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica anthology series. Her books have sold over 500,000 copies and been translated into many languages. She's written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse, and served as editor of the magazine On Our Backs. She was a syndicated columnist for The Village Voice for nine and a half years and writes an advice column for Taboo Magazine.

She is the producer and host of Sex Out Loud, a weekly radio show on the VoiceAmerica Network. As the head of Smart Ass Productions, she has directed and produced twenty-four sex education and erotic films; she is currently an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment. Her films have won more than a dozen awards. Tristan and her work have been featured in over 400 publications including O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, Details, New York Magazine, Men's Health, and Playboy. She has appeared on HBO's Real Sex, The Howard Stern Show, Melissa Harris-Perry, Loveline, MTV, CNN, NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Fox News, The Discovery Channel, and on over a hundred radio shows; she was the resident sex expert and a recurring guest on two seasons of Ricki Lake.

Tristan's work, writing and films are routinely used in college courses to explore the complex issues of relationship and sexual diversity, politics and media. As a speaker, she is widely regarded as an expert on a diverse range of topics from sexual empowerment and LGBTQ sexuality to non-monogamy and feminist pornography. She lectures at top colleges and universities including Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Brown, Harvard, Columbia, Smith, Johns Hopkins, and UCLA, where she speaks on gay and lesbian issues, sexuality and gender, and feminism. She teaches sex and relationship workshops around the world.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By girldiver on January 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
What's it like to be Tristan Taormino? Read `True Lust' and you'll have a better perspective of who she is and what it's like to be a Perky Sex Diva for an entire generation. All the essays and commentary are relatively short but each one tells a story of sexual growth and exploration. Topics range from getting a lap dance to group sex. She even talks about transgender and what it's like to be a bisexual woman.

Yes, the book is provocative but encompasses an honesty that communicates the importance of exploring ones own sexual identity as caring adults and yes acting responsibly. With in `True Lust' you'll laugh, you'll be aroused, and also find yourself mindful of an alternative culture of women and men. Written very well I enjoyed the upbeat and thoughtful views depicted in this book.

Of course, this isn't a book for everyone. You do need to possess a little curiosity, a little open mindedness to accept that there are others in the world who like things that are extremely spicy in bed, out of bed, and lifesyle in general.

This book certainly does hold many adventures in sex, porn, and possibly perversion.

girldiver:)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2003
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This is a great read, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
It packs 69 smart & sexy essays all in one book.
The book is a compilation of several of the author's columns in the Village Voice as well as some new original pieces written just for this book. All in all it takes you on a groovy ride in and around Taormino's adventures in the world of sex, kink, and queerness.
I like to pick the book up, re-read my old favorites and then flip on to some new ones.
The highlights of this compilation are:
1 - they are each only 2-3 pages, making them quick and easy to read for the fan on the go.
2 - the book is neatly organized and grouped by theme. Again handy for
the fan on the run as you can quikly find something to quench your particular thirst.
3 - and finally, I love the authors actual writing style. They are upbeat, moving, and fun. Just like I'd like to imagine my sex life!
Can't recommend Tristan Taormino's TRUE LUST enough... Pick one up today and you'll understand what I'm talking about.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "supah_fine" on July 1, 2003
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I thought this book was great. I also thought that this book was organized and written in a smart and thoughtful way.
I feel that her writing style was both smooth and captivating.
I think the tone of the author changed from adventure to adventure or topic to topic, which also made it feel more complete. There are more intellectual topics, there are funny topics, and there are sexy topics - all covered in an easy to read and engaging manner.
I seriously think that this is the type of writing that the new millenium needs.
To describe this book in any shorter terms would be selling it too short.
Feel free to email me personally if you want more advice!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2003
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I picked up this book thanks to the advice of a friend(as if the cover wasn't enough). I was amazed at how well she articulates herself and her "adventures." I have to admit I fell in love with her writing style first, and then her second! She really bares all in this book - and it's all true she says!
I'll be lucky if I manage to have half of her adventures in my entire life!
It is a quick read, clearly separeted by subject/genre. Great evening material and definately inspiring. Also a fun book to read with a friend becuase it will surely inspire lots of dialogue/curiosity...and maybe even more.
Best.
T. G.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2003
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This book went by super fast. It was a complete joy and a little bit edgy to read through all the stories knowing they were all TRUE! I loved coming home knowing i could sit down at any moment and read a smart, witty, sexy, and political story about sex.
I only wished it could of been longer, it seems that 248 pages of this type of stuff always is too short.
Enjoy!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2002
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even though i've read a bunch of her columns in publications like the village voice and on our backs, to have everything organized between the covers in one volume is a treat!
the chapters range in tone from silly to academic, from personal to political. read just one, and you'll have a good story. read them all, and you'll have a great sense of the person behind the pen.
and thankfully, its first-run is in paperback, making it both affordable and lightweight!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "wackyjack78" on November 4, 2003
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this book take my highest recommendations.
fun & smart stories, all neatly organized and packaged between the covers...
i liked this book a lot. come with an open mind, and leave thinking you just got off the phone with a totally smart, hot, fun, adventurous, and sexually liberated inspirational superstar!
but i don't want to set the bar too high, so you should read it yourself and judge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wes on April 2, 2006
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First of all she's a babe. Has this cool tat down the side of her leg. Performs anilingus on another chick and gets f____d in the a__ herself in vol.1 of her "Ultimate Guide To..." video. So there's that. But she's also smart and savvy, having several things going on as an author, columnist. This is a woman with real talent.
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