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Product Details

  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00608G0L4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
On a list of my top 10 reads for the year, Tristan is looking down upon her peers from a very high perch indeed!

As she states in her introduction, this is a collection of "erotica by, for and about transfolk, FTMs, MTFs, genderqueers, gender outlaws, as well as two-spirit, intersex, and gender-variant people." Almost immediately, you notice these are stories where gender (in all its forms) is almost taken for granted, without the `surprise confession' or `shocking reveal' common to mainstream erotica/porn, and without the arbitrary focus on simply passing or being acknowledged. This is a collection where trans lovers can feel intimately and comfortably at home amidst stories of being treasured, loved, desired, and adored.

Considering the wide variety of authors, genders, and subjects explored, I'm pleased to say there's not a single story here that didn't, on some level, resonate with me. Indeed, they are all wonderful, but there were certainly some stand-outs that I must call attention to: "The Therapist and the Whore" by Giselle Renarde, "Shoes Are Meant to Get You Somewhere" by Dean Scarborough, "Taking the Toll" by Kiki DeLovely, "Dixie Belle" by Kate Bornstein, "The Visible Woman" by Rachel K. Zall, "Canadian Slim" by Shawna Virago, "Self-Reflection" by Tobi Hill-Meyer, and "Face Pack" by Penelope Mansfield.

Not only are the stories contained here erotic, imaginative, and exciting, but they are also beautifully written. As Tristan asks in her introduction, "our language is severely limited when it comes to describing the bodies of transpeople," and there is a significant challenge in writing stories that are both erotic and respectful. Fortunately, the authors here have the words to do so, and the talent to use those words well.

Take Me There indeed! I just hope, somewhere down the line, Tristan chooses to take us there again.
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Yet another great collection from Tristan Taormino. She is skilled at seeking out and putting together a series of stories that have their own point of view, there own sexy take on things, but that all work together to build up to a, well, climactic reading experience.
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By AaronR on October 24, 2011
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This book is HOT!!! I loved reading a book of erotica about people with bodies like mine. I am a bisexual trans man. I loved Pat Califia's story about a bear & a trans man coming together and other stories, too. As a trans man, I have my own language to describe my body & I loved reading what other people call their bodies. Many of the stories are very well written & cover a broad spectrum of the trans & genderqueer people.
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This anthology is hands down the most deliciously sexy compilation of erotica shorts that I have ever read, and I admit to having read a lot of smut. Not a single one of the characters in these stories are cardboard cutouts or stereotypes. From characters who have been sure of their sexual identity and orientation from a very young age (though not necessarily born with the typically associated bits) to characters whose gender is as fluid and changing as the seasons, to those who just don't fit into any one simple category, they all have one thing in common: they are all amazingly sexy. There wasn't a single story in the collection that didn't turn me on.

I had originally planned on making special note of some of my favourites, and quickly discovered that I just couldn't choose, they all had so many reasons for me to love them, and artfully put together so that you couldn't help but keep going once you started. I didn't put this book down until I'd finished the whole thing, then I picked it up and started all again. Thank you, each and every author who contributed to this book, for giving me many, many happy dreams.
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This anthology has been out for five years now, and my first question is, why are there not more than 14 reviews at Amazon.com and none before mine at Amazon.ca? Not that that 14 is not a goodly number, but this book deserves more of them. I suspect the answer is that there are so many crappy erotica books out there that the good ones get buried amongst the dreck. And even when the good books are not exactly buried, they do not necessarily gain the prominence they deserve.

This is one of the ones that deserves such prominence. And let me not hesitate to say, even five years after its publication, work like this is still very much needed. This is a snappy and well written collection of transgender erotic tales which are in no way lacking in three-dimensional character development. Taken all together, these stories seem to amount to a kind of mini education in the world of hot transgender sex. This is a work that goes way beyond simply presenting characters with various manifestations of transgender identity or what they do in bed: it shows them as individual human beings, and not as two-dimensional erotic “types” such as “dick chicks,” and so on.

This is a text that radicalizes and re-imagines how we look at our own genitals and bodies and how they connect to who we are. The stories range from hot, but realistic tales to hot but more fantastical narratives, such as one of my personal favourites here: “Dixie Belle the Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Kate Bornstein, who is probably best known for her ground breaking book, GENDER OUTLAW (1994). Written in the style of Mark Twain, the story postulates Huck Finn becoming a sex worker in drag and loving every minute of it. And this is not just a cute idea, by the way, but marvellously well executed, with a genuine feel for Twain’s prose.

One really does not need to be transgendered, by the way, to enjoy these stories. Hot sex and the human psyche. What more can you ask?
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