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"The cast of brazen characters featured in the this compilation of erotic short stories take on the sort of sexual adventures that most people only dream about. This is the perfect read for good girls who want to know what it's like to be bad!

"From the strictly sexual to the deeper, and sometimes darker, emotions that accompany sex, Fast Girls mines the range of human emotions. Blatant and unapologetically sexy, Fast Girls features some of the best voices in new erotica. From a communal shower to a kinky sex club, from myriad toys to strictly skin, these girls don’t say no or take it for an answer.

Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel defines fast as both wild and promiscuous, as according to Webster, but her selection of stories seeks something else, something deeper, not just stories of slut after slut, but stories of women who defy social norms, are bold and dynamic, with something to realize about sex and about themselves. The stories reflect what it is to be fast, being promiscuous and defying, both in states of mind as well as in states of motion. All of them speak to the reader on a deeper level as the women defy social conventions, raise eyebrows, and embrace what it is to be “fast.” Read it fast or slow, this anthology delivers."

Reviewed by Axie Barclay

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Table of contents
Temptation * Kayla Perrin
Waxing Eloquent * Donna George Storey
Five-Minute Porn Star * Jacqueline Applebee
Winter, Summer * Tristan Taormino
Playing the Market * Angela Caperton
Panther * Suzanne V. Slate
Communal * Saskia Walker
Fireworks * Lolita Lopez
Flash! * Andrea Dale
Waiting for Beethoven * Susie Hara
Confessions of a Kinky Shopaholic * Jennifer Peters
Let's Dance * D. L. King
That Girl * Cherry Bomb
Oz * Isabelle Gray
Married Life * Charlotte Stein
Princess * Elizabeth Coldwell
Chasing Danger * Kristina Wright
Whore Complex * Rachel Kramer Bussel
Lessons, Slow and Painful * Tess Danesi
Speed Bumps * Tenille Brown
Introduction: Fast Is a (Sexy) State of Mind

I like the fast girls best/they do whatever they wanna do. --Sarge, "Fast Girls"

I named this book after a song called "Fast Girls" by an indie pop/rock band called Sarge. That song is a feisty, punk-rock ode to a hot girl who is captivating in all kinds of ways.

I'm sure you know a girl like that. Or a woman. Or a lady. Or a butch. Or a femme. Or...you get the idea. She's the kind of babe who takes no prisoners, who owns her life and her sexuality and not only doesn't apologize for them, makes sure you notice her and what she's all about.

Two definitions of "fast," according to Merriam-Webster are "wild" or "sexually promiscuous," and while that is the seed of what I was angling for here, I didn't just want to read about slut after slut after slut. I wanted to read about women who in some way defy the conventional norms-whatever those are in this day and age. That doesn't mean being shocking for shock's sake, but following their passion, seeking out what it is that they need to be truly pleasured.

What I love about these fast girls is that even as they are bold, daring and dynamic, they have a thing or two to learn about sex and themselves.

Consider Susie Hara's fifty-one-year-old protagonist in "Waiting for Beethoven" as she gets it on with a younger man. In current pop culture terms, she's the cougar, the aggressive older woman seeking her sexy prey. But she is actually nervous and uncertain, as well as aroused. "And now there was no point in telling him she wasn't going to come when she could already feel a wave of pleasure rolling inside her, kind of a pre-coming feeling, but different than usual; she couldn't really tell what was her clit and what were the walls inside her and what was contracting and what was releasing and then she realized she must be coming because her body had taken over and been taken over in this luscious finger symphony so she just gave in," writes Hara, in a description of female orgasm that I think will be familiar to many.

In this book, fast is as much a state of mind as a state of motion. It's not about trying to slut it up to impress anyone, but about finding what works for you. I was intrigued to find that playing with prostitution, or whoring, came up as a theme in many submissions, as did threesomes with one woman and two men. It makes sense that fast would be associated with women who mix cash and sex, as happens in Angela Caperton's "Playing the Market," where the new economy mixes with the world's oldest profession. In my "Whore Complex," whoredom is more a state of mind, a go-to fantasy that leaps from the bounds of dirty talk to real life with some unusual consequences. There's also exhibitionism, such as in Jacqueline Applebee's "Five-Minute Porn Star," and submission-there's a lot of very hot female submission and BDSM play in this book.

These girls are fast when they want to be...and slow at other times. They want to crack their lovers' secret codes, find out what makes them tick, as happens in Charlotte Stein's "Married Life." I like this story because the wife is not just passively accepting her humdrum sex life, but she doesn't want to have an affair or get a divorce. She wants her husband, the man she loves, but she wants him openly, honestly, freely and when they both give a little of themselves and bravely bare their souls, they find true happiness.

These girls don't give it up for just anyone. Even the ones who get around have a reason for choosing their lovers, and it's those reasons, those images, that resonate with me. Here's Tristan Taormino in "Winter, Summer," rhapsodizing about the woman she's about to seduce (or perhaps, who's about to seduce her is more accurate):

She's the boy I have dreamed about and jerked off to too many times to count. The one who won't leave my fantasies, who cruises me in my bedroom, who seduced me months ago in another lifetime with her voice, who plays pool and drinks beer, who grabs my ass in crowded bars just to fuck with my boundaries and catch me off guard, who makes my brain get wet and my pussy explode.

Exactly. Though there are women on the prowl here, women who go after younger men, women who pounce, women who pursue, there are others who are excited about being the object of another's affection, lust and desire. For them, being fast means courting the man or woman (or more than one person) they are searching for.

These fast girls speak to me on many levels. I admire them, respect them, marvel at them, raise my eyebrows at them, want them. But most of all, I'm excited that they've broken free of whatever messages we all receive about how a woman is "supposed" to act and instead they are bent on acting however they damn well please. And that's my personal definition of a fast, not to mention foxy, girl.

Rachel Kramer Bussel
New York City

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443845
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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