- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Cleis Press (March 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1627780866
- ISBN-13: 978-1627780865
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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Surf the sexual zeitgeist with writer, radio personality and pundit Jon Pressick, who has gathered the most important nonfiction on the topic of sex. Ranging from discussions on consent and disability, to the shocking response to the Steubenville rape case, to our seemingly insatiable love of sex toys, to BDSM and sobriety and everything else in between, Best Sex Writing of the Year challenges and satisfies. Mollena Williams explains the passion of submission in “Tell Me You Want Me.” In “Sharing Body Heat,” senior sexpert Joan Price writes movingly about finding true love later in life and, as it turned out, near the end of her lover’s life. Internationally acclaimed musician Ember Swift’s “Pregger Libido” recounts her sexual appetites while she was expecting. Pressick and the writers in this volume will push all the right buttons.
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I recommend this book VERY highly - it will open your mind.
I'm not going to lay out all thirty-ish essays that are featured in this book (buy it and read it!), but I will talk briefly about some of the essays that I found the most interesting. One of these is entitled "I Am the Blogger Who Allegedly 'Complicated' the Steubenville Gang Rape Case- and I Wouldn't Change a Thing" written by Alexandria Goddard. As the title suggests, this as an article that reflects on the awful rape case that happened a few years ago, written by a blogger who had captured screenshots and tweets and posted them to spread some light on the situation of just how bad the case was. I'm pretty sure that there's not an adult or teenage American who hasn't heard of this case. It's fascinating to see the shitstorm unfold from such a perspective as Alexandria's, who was both praised and looked down on for her posting of content that the teens had willingly posted (rather stupidly) themselves to social media. I digress. Another essay that I found really interesting is called "When I Was a Birthday Present for an Eighty-Two-Year-Old Grandmother" by David Henry Sterry. Again, the title kind of sums it up, it's about the author's job, where he was hired as an escort for a woman's birthday. It's an interesting view of things, and you get an emotional and almost satisfaction hearing his story.
This book is enlightening and brings a lot of unique voices to the table. It's definitely worth giving a read if you at all have sex- er go, all of you adults should read it. It's insightful and informative, and very smartly done. It's my understanding that this is the first edition of this, implying that there will be more. I definitely hope that's the case, because I think it fills a need that's lacking in modern publication.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinions.
As a sex writer, I consider myself a "sex geek." I'm interested in all things sexual. Whether or not I'm personally interested in exploring a particular behavior, belief, or milieu, my mind wants to take it all in. This book really satisfied my sex geekery.
You will also find a range of emotions in the readings. Some pieces are light, even humorous. One or two may upset you, and some may even move you, maybe even make you shed a tear or two. That's because the writers here are exposing deep parts of their souls; they are very often opening themselves, making themselves vulnerable so that we may learn from their experiences, so that we may open our minds to many possibilities and experiences.
Overall, this is an excellent book. Most anthologies vary in quality with some pieces better than others. Here I can safely say the majority of selections are great, and you can't really go wrong here. There really is something for every reader.
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This is an extremely poorly written collection of writings about sex and human sexuality.Read more