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Susie Bright's Sexual State of the Union Hardcover – March 11, 1997
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In a culture that seems bent on telling us that sex is wrong while at the same time using it to sell us cars and cigarettes, Susie Bright is a breath, no, hurricane of fresh air. Bright--who started her public life with the nom de plume of Susie Sexpert--is intent on telling us that talking about sex isn't just good, it is mandatory for emotional sanity and happiness. Bright is forthright, honest, and amazingly cheerful about sex. No topics are taboo and she speaks from personal experience as well as from her own extensive research. Sexual State of the Union is filled with good news, good advice, and good sense.
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Famous lesbian and "sexpert" Bright, editor of On Our Backs magazine and books like Best American Erotica (LJ 9/15/93), has put together a set of disparate essays on disparate topics, bouncing from censorship to cybersex to motherhood to S&M and back again. This would be fine except that the essays are also uneven in tone; some are thoughtful reminiscences about her experiences, both sexual and not; some are insightful analyses showing that people of both sexes and all ages need sex education; and one is just a list of questions asked by college students. Despite the irregularity of her writing, Bright's unvarnished truthfulness shines through. She obviously wants readers to understand where she's coming from and what she has experienced. Recommended for most public libraries because of Bright's popularity and candor, this also deserves a space in academic women's studies collections.
-?Pamela A. Matthews, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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But the writing is excellent, and what could possibly be more interesting as subject matter? It was fun, and her conversation with a trans friend will certainly shake up a few readers (I couldn't decide if she was being insightful or wildly insensitive).
Recommended further reading: For a solid, well-researched history of sex in America this century, read Heidenry's "What Wild Ecstasy: The Rise and Fall of the Sexual Revolution". For utter provocative gall, amazing insight and some very surprising facts, read Levine's "Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex". Both of these were riveting, less fluffy and better edited than "Sexual State of the Union". But they all seem to speak from the same base: a fundamental understanding of the importance of both sex and free speech in our society.
However, towards the end of the book (last chapter or two) she talks about being a lesbian and friends with transexuals, it seems that she is speaking too much about her own experiances, and she isn't trying them into any broader concept. While her experiances are interesting, the title of the book is "Sexual State of the Union", so one expects a little more discourse on how her experiances relate to America on a whole.