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Fast Girls: Erotica for Women Paperback – July 6, 2010
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"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
From the Inside Flap
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
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
Top Customer Reviews
`Temptation' is the perfect story to start off! I've always been of the mind that the best erotic stories are the ones where you can replace the characters in the story with yourself. In `Temptation'... I'd gladly trade my soul in this life AND the afterlife to be Miguel! Other stories that had me wishing I had Aladdin's lamp:
`Waxing Eloquent' - only in L.A. style loving.
`Winter, Summer' - sexy, shocking, with a surprise.
`Panther' - animalistic & sexy.
`Communal' - my second favorite story and if I could go back in time, I would live in a college dorm like this one.
`Flash' - title says it all.
`Confessions of a Kinky Shopaholic' - Sophie Kinsella eat your... ummm... heart out.
`Princess' - this story puts the "X" in taxi.
`Chasing Danger' - how far would you go to apprehend a criminal?
`Whore Complex' - OK Rachel... *whew*
Aside from writing goose bump causing erotica, Rachel can also pick the right stories to put in a book. I truly think you will be pleased with this current collection. If you aren't, check your pulse and call me. And one more thing... this is easily one of the sexiest covers I've seen in a while.
There are a couple of less interesting stories, but honestly, I'd say that's only two of the twenty, and the rest of the stories are erotic. There were at least seven or eight amazingly erotic and engaging stories as well, so I really can't complain too much about the two I didn't like. Of course, with any erotic anthology, you are bound to not like one or two. That's the price you have to pay by making the book appeal to large audiences.
One of my favorites was "Married Life" by Charlotte Stein. In this story, a woman who has a very large sex drive is driven insane by the fact that her husband only desires sex about once a month. When she finds that he's been writing erotic in her spare time, she's aroused, angry, and amazed by the topic that he's writing about. Later on that night, she indulges him in the fetishes she writes about, and a new sex life for the two of them is about to begin. The author did a great job describing the plot while still making it really erotic. It's a longer story, but the entire story is really captivating, and you what to find out what is going to happen.
So overall? A very sexy compilation that you should certainly pick up. The book is intended for women because all of the stories are told from a female point of view (or third person point of view), but honestly, I could easily see any guy getting off on any of the stories included in this collection.
But it wasn't just the heat of the stories, which I did experience consistently, that I appreciated about this book. It seems to me that regardless of how one personally experiences each story in this anthology, the genuine encompassing of heart, body, and mind is evident in all of them. This is erotica exemplary of what it has the potential to be: conveying sex as transcendence, sex as understanding, sex as connection, sex as art. Even if a story doesn't happen to reflect one's particular erotic sensibilities, arousal is just one of the ingredients these works have to offer. Some of the stories that didn't so much press my erotic buttons, if you will, stayed with me in other ways, impressing upon me something else or something bigger the way writing has the potential to do. If I didn't find it arousing, I still found it extraordinary.
I highly recommend _Fast Girls_ as an anthology that showcases the quality and creativity that may currently be found in erotica.
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