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1. Religion and Sexuality in American
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3. The Sexual Life of Catherine M.
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4. Pillow Book Of Erotica, The
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20. The Virgin Text: Fiction, Sexuality,

1. Religion and Sexuality in American Literature (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture)
by Ann-Janine Morey
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Asin: 0521416760
Catlog: Book (1992-06-26)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 1955428
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Through the voice of American fiction, Religion and Sexuality in American Fiction examines the relations of body and spirit (religion and sexuality) by asking two basic questions:How have American novelists handled the interaction between religious and sexual experience?Are there instructive similarities and differences in how male and female authors write about religion and sexuality?Using both canonical and noncanonical fiction, Ann-Janine Morey examines novels dealing with the ministry as the medium wherein so many of the tensions of religion and sexuality are dramatized, and then moves to contemporary novels that deal with moral and religious issues through metaphor. Based on a sophisticated and selective application of metaphor theory, deconstruction, and feminist postmodernism, Morey argues that while American fiction has replicated many traditional animosities, there are also some rather surprising resources here for commonality between men and women if we acknowledge and understand the intimate relationship between language and physical life. ... Read more

2. Textual Intercourse (Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture)
by Jeffrey Masten
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Asin: 0521572606
Catlog: Book (1997-02-20)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Textual Intercourse brings together literary criticism, theater history, the study of printed books, and gender studies, to show how the writing of Renaissance drama was conceptualized in the languages of sex, gender, and eroticism. Jeffrey Masten argues that the plays of Shakespeare and others, and the way in which those plays were first printed, illustrates a shift from a model of collaboration to one of singular authorship. Using methods attuned to sexuality and gender, Masten illuminates questions of authorship and intellectual property. ... Read more

3. The Sexual Life of Catherine M.
by Catherine Millet, Adriana Hunter
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Asin: 0802117163
Catlog: Book (2002-05)
Publisher: Grove Press
Sales Rank: 68016
Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars
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Called "a fantastic breakthrough into the dark content of female desire" (France-Soir), The Sexual Life of Catherine M. was the literary success of the year in France, selling over 300,000 copies and becoming the most controversial book on sexuality since The Story of O. Catherine Millet, the prominent editor of Art Press, has led an extraordinarily active and free sexual life -- from alfresco encounters in Italy to a gang bang on the edge of the Bois du Boulogne to a high-class orgy at a chichi Parisian restaurant. A graphic account of a life of physical gratification, the book is also a relentlessly honest look at the consequences of sex stripped of sentiment -- including the joys and sorrows of her open marriage -- and a completely fearless unmasking of the fallacies we cling to and the often shocking, sometimes disturbing truths of female sexuality. The French press was equally admiring and appalled by Millet's daring, but Le Nouvel Observateur certainly spoke for them all when it wrote, "Sex is this woman's continent, which she explores tirelessly. No one has ever described it like this." Now American audiences will have the opportunity to take home Catherine M. "This is the most explicit book about sex ever written by a woman." -- Edmund White "[Her] aloof, gracefully crystalline style is as elegant as any French pornography since Sade." -- Francine du Plessix Gray, Vogue "[A] stylistic tour de force recounting three decades of sexual exploits ... This book's pleasures are first and foremost literary." -- Saul Anton, Bookforum "[Millet] relates her sexual life without trembling, and allows us to share her pleasures." -- Daniel Bougnoux, Le Monde ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Far more interesting than Sade
This is a fascinating read. Sade is totally one-dimensional compared to this writer. However, if you have the wrong expectations, you will not get much out of this book.

The title says it all. It is about Catherine M.'s sexual life - NOT about her childhod traumas (you won't find any), her low self-esteem (none of that either), her emotional life (remember it is her sexual life this book is about), nor her 'journey' of self-discovery (she's an art critic not psychoanalyst). It is simply and plainly about her sexual life. She tells us with admirable honesty how it was for her. She is not interested in telling us how other people's sexual lives should or should not be. Neither is she interested in arousing the sexual desires in her readers.

What this book does for me is offer me a whole new way of looking at sex (especially sex for women) - and it could be a real revelation if you try to see it from her perspective (assuming you are an average reader like me). Your reaction to the book will say a lot about how you look at sex and what it means for you. It certainly made me re-think many of my prejudices and taken-for-granted assumptions about sex.

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring and un-erotic
This book was talked up so much by so many people that I decided to pick it up.. much to my dismay. The writing is trite, the stories repetitive and not terribly interesting and the sexual encounters are completely overdone to the point of draining all of their eroticism. Reading and re-reading stories about orgies and illicit sex acts with no explanation, insight or (at least) craft of writing is just boring. Not worth your time. If you're looking for interesting erotica, try some Anais Nin.

1-0 out of 5 stars The BORING Life of Catherine M.
This book was so monotonous I couldnt even finish it. So what, she let a lot of guys f*** her, you can go to your local swingers club and see that. ZZZZZZZZZZZ, put me to sleep. Clara Bow's sexual life was much more detailed, wild, riske',and in some cases criminal, in short actually worth writing about.

1-0 out of 5 stars Prepare to hit the "Snore" button
Many great authors in history have described the joys, pains, and amusement of certain culinary delights, from grand discussions of the skills of master chefs to the discomfort caused by atrocious cuisine, producing beautiful and poignant linguistical treats for their readers.

Then there are authors who have written, "I went to Burger World, had the large fries, the guy behind the cash register scratched his nose, I couldn't believe the girl in the next line was wearing that shade of nail polish in public, etc"...

Catherine M. falls into the second category...I'm no prude, and nothing that she has done is particularly shocking. If you don't believe me, talk to any vice cop in a major US city about prostitution and crack cocaine (same body count, but cash is exchanged).

In the hands of another author the material might have actually been interesting, but Cathy seems determined to reduce every sexual experience to the lowest common (and boring) denominator...the book just drags and drags and drags and drags...everything that has been said in previous reviews is correct. Sex in this book is about as exciting as filling out tax forms.

One final note...anyone who has ever worked at a REAL magazine as an editor, under the pressure to meet deadlines, deal with recalcitrant authors, proofs, reviews, etc., will have a difficult time recognizing the atmosphere at the PlayLand magazine that employs Cathy. Cathy apparently has unbelievable amounts of free time to play, play, and play some more, uncomplicated by work expectations. Wish I could find a job that lucrative and undemanding.

1-0 out of 5 stars Numbingly dreary
Millet's sexual life is just a rambling catalogue of sexual acts. She is fooling herself if she thinks she is revolutionary or shocking. She obviously believes in quantity over quality and sex to her is all about the act rather than the emotion. Maybe something is lost in translation. There is nothing interesting about any of the encounters, no humor even, just a rather depressing account. It reads like a rather gory medical experiment. Yes, it is an accurate title but if you want some good erotica, try "The Butcher" ... Read more

4. Pillow Book Of Erotica, The
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Asin: 0517596334
Catlog: Book (1994-01-25)
Publisher: Crown
Sales Rank: 1891832
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5. Sexual Life in Ancient Egypt
by Lise Manniche
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Asin: 0710302029
Catlog: Book (1987-08-01)
Publisher: KPI
Sales Rank: 2687622
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Including discussions of prostitution, concubines, adultery, homosexuality, intercourse with animals, necrophilia, incest, and polygamy, this pathbreaking work introduces readers to the erotic life that flourished along the banks of the Nile from the Old Kingdom to the Graeco-Roman period. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars American culture reflected
On the positive side, Lise Manniche has her bases covered as far as evidence goes. In her book Sexual Life in Ancient Egypt she has found and photgraphed rarely seen artifacts, and she quotes texts from archaeological sites that are hardly ever used due to their content. This book is excellent for the Manniche's support alone.
In contemporary Western society we tend to look down upon the sexual practices of other cultures, excusing what we don't like as a "strange" cultural practice, and openly mocking what we feel comfortable with. I see a little of this in Lise Manniche's book. By taking two examples of homosexuality in ancient Egypt, she writes it off entirely, falling prey to Western sex hierarchies. She also fails to take into account that the authors of many texts she uses, and the artisans behind the sculptures are men. Regarding Egyptian love poetry she makes the comment that it is young men and women writing to each other, when it is more likely that it is older, more learned men, writing what they would have the ideal woman respond as. And the pictoral representations which she uses frequently are also idealized from a male perspective, a fact that I don't recall her mentioning with any emphasis.
Her sources are good, but her theories are highly suspect. I recommend reading this book after reading a book like "Archaeologies of Sexuality."

4-0 out of 5 stars An intriguing glimpse...
This slim volume by Lise Manniche sheds some light onto a topic seldom addressed in Ancient Egyptian studies. Manniche gleans a great deal of information from the slender remains surrounding this subject, but proves by the evidence, that the ancient Egyptians were no prudes, but like all peoples had a sexual side, sometimes joking and pruient, sometimes romantic - often concerned with fertility and health issues. It is illustrated with rare glimpses of objects that are often hidden away in museum basements and private collections due to their sexual nature.

It leads me to wonder how many of these objects were lost or destroyed by Victorian adventurers upon discovery - most of them are small: amulets and ostraca, showing the very personal nature of the topic. While ancient Egyptians seem to have been frank (consider their hieroglyphs dealing with parts of the body and the god Min), their remains are mainly concerned with their afterlife beliefs. Glimpsing this more humble human aspect was intriguing and satisfying. ... Read more

6. Fairy Tales, Sexuality, and Gender in France, 1690-1715 : Nostalgic Utopias (Cambridge Studies in French)
by Lewis Seifert
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-13)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Between 1690 and 1715, well over one hundred literary fairy tales appeared in France, two-thirds of them written by women. The first part of this book situates the rise of this genre within the literary and historical context of late-seventeenth-century France, and the second part examines the representation of sexuality, masculinity and femininity within selected groups of tales. The book proposes a new model for the application of feminist and gender theory to the literary fairy tale, from whatever national tradition. ... Read more

7. Illicit Sex: Identity Politics in Early Modern Culture
by Thomas Dipiero, Pat Gill
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Asin: 0820318388
Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
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8. The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers
by Elizabeth Benedict
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Asin: 1884910211
Catlog: Book (1996-06-01)
Publisher: Story Pr
Sales Rank: 194166
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Even though writing about sex probably ranks on the joy scale somewhere between reading about it and having it, Elizabeth Benedict feels that many writers don't do justice to the act. So she has developed a novel idea: a guide book for fiction writers seeking to create better sex scenes. Benedict, a teacher in Princeton University's Creative Writing Program, doesn't concern herself with pornography but rather with a contention that sex scenes are pivotal in carrying the plot, story and character of some novels. Her point is emphasized through many interviews she conducted with authors on their experience with and views on writing about sex. Now, if she would only visit the film industry . . . ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good for authors of all genres
The Joy of Writing Sex has many good tips for the aspiring, or even published author who is looking to spice up their fiction. Her use of examples is great and her writing style flows nicely. Often, her book deals with issues of feeling uncomfortable writing a sex scene. She talks about the internal and external forces that can make these scenes so tough. However, if you are already comfortable putting these types of scenes in your fiction, you may find yourself skimming.

However, it's not your average writer's handbook and is worth a read by any author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely necessary book for serious writers
Man, it's one thing to think about sex, another thing to have sex, and waaaaaay different to write about it. It's difficult to the max, especially when you really don't want to come off sounding like you're writing porn - or even erotica. Elizabeth Benedict has done a favor for all of us writers who have struggled with the topic, right down to interviewing famous writers of famous sex scenes. It's a resource for MFA students, authors, teachers, and just ordinary people who like to write for their own pleasure. The Joy of Writing Sex is sane and straightforward, entertaining and informing, hip!

4-0 out of 5 stars A much better guide to writing sex than others
This was recommended in place of Susie Bright's How to Write a Dirty Story, and I have to say compared to it, this is a much better book. It focuses on sex, and the wide variety that's out there.

One thing that I really enjoyed is that the author doesn't ignore important topics: AIDs, Adultry, incest, and many other things. She doesn't treat any subject as taboo, nor does she approach them with embarrassment. They are simply topics she discusses.

I was pleased to see that she touches on all types of sex: first times, married sex, adultery, recreational, etc etc. She brings up points that anyone writing a sex scene needs to think about, and reminds you that sometimes the sex isn't the main purpose of the scene, and that it doesn't have to be graphic to get the point across.

I found this book to be much more helpful than others. Instead of telling people how to prepare, it uses examples to show Benedict's points, and picks those examples apart so the reader can understand exactly why such things are necessary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a book to get.
I'm a freelance writer, looking to expand and improve my writing, and The Joy of Writing Sex is one of the best resources I've found. It's not just about writing erotica. It gives the reader tips and guidelines for introducing love scenes into any genre, and how to make it believable, and provides examples from modern literature. Elizabeth Benedict doesn't say or do anything cutsie, and that makes the book not only informative, but a pleasure to read.

I think that possibly the best thing about this book, other than the examples, are the exerpts Benedict included from the interviews she conducted with authors about their work.

5-0 out of 5 stars You can have it all!
You can write serious literary works and have sex scenes as Benedict illustrates. Is it going to make our parents blush? Probably, but she even deals with those issues. She teases out some of the best examples of being specific and not necessary explicit--what are the sights, sounds and smells surrounding our characters, not just the body parts they are using. What are they thinking and what are they saying? I found great validation in my book, "Forever Retro Blues," that my sex scenes were not just gratuitous, but functioned as part of the whole story. I wrote with intuition because I did not yet have this book, but I know I will do better in the future for reading Benedict's book. ... Read more

9. Solitary Sex : A Cultural History of Masturbation
by Thomas W. Laqueur
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Asin: 1890951323
Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: Zone Books
Sales Rank: 87719
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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At a time when almost any victimless sexual practice has its public advocates and almost every sexual act is fit for the front page, the easiest, least harmful, and most universal one is embarassing, discomforting, and genuinely radical when openly acknowledged. Masturbation may be the last taboo. But this is not a holdover from a more benighted age. The ancient world cared little about the subject; it was a backwater of Jewish and Christian teaching about sexuality. In fact, solitary sex as a serious moral issue can be dated with a precision rare in cultural history; Laqueur identifies it with the publication of the anonymous tract Onania in about 1722. Masturbation is a creation of the Enlightenment, of some of its most important figures, and of the most profound changes it unleashed. It is modern. It worried at first not conservatives, but progressives. It was the first truly democratic sexuality that could be of ethical interest for women as much as for men, for boys and girls as much as for their elders.

The book's range is vast. It begins with the prehistory of solitary sex in the Bible and ends with third-wave feminism, conceptual artists, and the Web. It explains how and why this humble and once obscure means of sexual gratification became the evil twin--or the perfect instance--of the great virtues of modern humanity and commercial society: individual moral autonomy and privacy, creativity and the imagination, abundance and desire.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great read...
i can't think when I read a book that was so stimulating...

5-0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive History of a Universal Subject
Masturbation began in 1712. This is the surprising assertion compendiously documented in _Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation_ (Zone Books) by Thomas W. Laqueur. Of course, that's an exaggeration, because since our primate cousins masturbate, we probably did so from our earliest beginnings. But in 1712, there was a shift in thinking about masturbation which brought it to the forefront of reform by moralists, physicians, and other do-gooders. Laqueur's book scrupulously documents the writings on the subject before, during, and after the big change. He admits, "Potentially autarkic solitary sexual pleasure touches the inner lives of modern humanity in ways we still do not understand." This may be so, but this large and yet sprightly history must increase the understanding of a covert but universal activity.

The ancients were nearly silent on the subject. Galen said that masturbation was a method of simply getting rid of excess sperm. In Jewish law, spilling seminal fluid was much debated by the rabbis. The only reference in the Bible that could relate specifically to masturbation does not. Christianity has sometimes used Onan's crime as an injunction against masturbation, although the wiser commentators note that masturbation was not Onan's violation (coitus interruptus, and thereby refraining from being fruitful and multiplying, was). Early Christian teaching was that masturbation was nonreproductive, and was thus to be avoided, but it was not a big source of worry. But then John Marten produced his masterwork; his authorship is revealed here for the first time. Marten was a quack who had written on venereal disease and had been clapped in irons for such an obscenity. In 1712, he published _Onania; or, The Heinous Sin of Self Pollution and all its Frightful Consequences_, and masturbation was never to be the same. Marten's book was a big advertisement for Marten's potions, which would cure the horrid vice. Marten's new anxiety filled a need, which Laqueur shows was due to the philosophy of the enlightenment. It was not until well into the twentieth century that physicians stopped blaming masturbation for all sorts of illness, and now it is advocated as part of self-discovery. The famous sex shop Good Vibrations declares every May to be National Masturbation Month, and the poster last year had the slogan, "Think Globally, Masturbate Locally."

Those who want warnings on the evils of the practice can still find many religious leaders who will oblige them. Laqueur closes this comprehensive study, which is academic but entertaining, with the incident of Joycelyn Elders, who was surgeon general until 1995, when she answered a reporter's question saying that sex education should include teaching about masturbation. In the minds of some moral persons, this seemed equivalent to teaching techniques of masturbation. She had not previously pleased them with her outspoken views on AIDS or pre-marital sex, but she used the M word, causing a rift with that moral beacon, President Clinton, who said that her view of the benefits of masturbation reflected "differences with administration policy." While it amused many that there was an administration policy on masturbation, Elders was out, and the two century legacy of quack John Marten continued.

4-0 out of 5 stars Only the Lonely?
If you can have sex by yourself, and you're not either procreating, or making money at trying to arrest or rechannel such behavior, you pose a threat -- or at least you did back in the 17th and 18th centuries. Heck, even the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Exploring how masturbation was viewed in different eras according to the ontological horizon of each era, LaQueur gives a kind of x-ray of the politics, morals, and economic assumptions of each age. In the early Enlightenment days when Bentham's utilitarianism held sway, for instance, there could be no justification for solitary sex as it did not lead to anything "productive"(except, of course to pleasure). Four hundred years later, it is still policed as a "guilty pleasure," but since pleasure has been liberated as a virtue unto itself in the consumption society, thus masturbation has been transformed. And if it has not been fully transformed into a social good, then it has been been promoted as a valid personal choice, though still suspect. Well and simply written for an academic title with great illustrations. ... Read more

10. Erotic Fantasies: A Study of the Sexual Imagination
by Phyllis Kronhausen, Eberhard Kronhausen
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Asin: 0802130062
Catlog: Book (1987-09-01)
Publisher: Grove Press
Sales Rank: 133145
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars a great erotic book
It's a book that you can read over and over again and still heighten your sexual desire. Also a lot of historical information. Explores a wide variety of sexual exploits that will thrill all audiences. ... Read more

11. Images of the Untouched: Virginity in Psyche, Myth and Community (The Pegasus Foundation Series, 1)
by Joanne Stroud (editor), Gail Thomas (editor)
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Catlog: Book (1982-03-01)
Publisher: Spring Publications
Sales Rank: 880196
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This collection of eight essays develops the imagery of the virgin in pathology, culture, myths, religion, and dream. It seems important to amplify the realm of the virgin, for we are all pulled by the virgin's lure. We feel ambivalence toward this complex image; demands of the virginal soul, "to have one's own space" or "not to come too close" seem to appear with double meaning. The authors of these essays, who include Robert Sardello, Thomas Moore, and James Hillman, attempt to explore these virginal demands in greater detail. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars well-written analysis of virginity as a concept.
Just as in Joanne Stroud's "The Olympians: Ancient Deities as Archetypes", this novel deals with the Jungian concept of archetypes. An archetype is a similar representation of a concept present in every person's mind despite cultural and difference in generation. Common archetypes are those of a god, a hero, man or woman which are present in every culture. The difference between simple categorization and archetypes is that an archetypal image is percieved as in dreams, visions, and fantasies. The book is divided into 8 parts, each dealing with social, cultural or psychological perceptions of this "virginal archetype." The book does a very in depth job of providing different points of view and opinions about virginity. Even though the different essays may be read separetly, I would recommend reading all of them and then trying to formulate your own opinion. If you are not interested in virginity as a subject, it is still interesting read from a psychological eye-view. ... Read more

12. Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds (Banned Books)
by Dawn B. Sova
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Catlog: Book (1998-05-01)
Publisher: Facts on File
Sales Rank: 733310
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars a must read
I had to read this for government, it is worth the time. It goes in depth about books banned; art of love, casndide, dubliners, the handmaid's tale, judge the obscure, lolita, madame bovary, and women in love. The sad fact is that there are millions of book lost by the surpression of a few, with it went our first amendment rights! ... Read more

13. Writing Erotic Fiction
by Derek Parker
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Catlog: Book (1996-03-01)
Publisher: Marlowe & Company
Sales Rank: 531188
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A practical introduction to writing erotica
Mr. Parker does a well rounded, though sometimes biased, look at the business of writing erotic fiction. While he does mention using the same techniques for improving erotic scenes in other works, the book's main subject are stories written for the stimulus of a reader's sexual imagination.

His style of writing is clear, insightful, and humor filled. I enjoyed reading him as much as I enjoyed learning what he had to say on the subject.

My one complaint comes not based upon Mr. Parker's work, but the publisher/book binder. This volume is in an oversized paperback format and the first copy I obtained suffered from a problem that led to a section of pages falling out of the binding. ... Read more

14. The Language of Love ("Language of ... " Series)
by Susan Polis Schutz
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Asin: 0883964783
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Blue Mountain Arts
Sales Rank: 608114
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Express Yourself
"Love...a small word for such a complex emotion." Express yourself to a loved one with this unique gift. I recieved this book as a gift from my wife. I was enchanted with each page of heart felt words. Each poem touched my heart as well as my wife's. The words of love are hard to express, this book will give anyone a start to show their feeling of love for that special someone. ... Read more

15. Voices in the Night: Women Speaking About Incest
by Toni Ah McNaron, Yarrow Morgan
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Catlog: Book (1982-06-01)
Publisher: Cleis Pr
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16. Toward a Recognition of Androgyny
by Carolyn Heilbrun
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Catlog: Book (1993-08-01)
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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17. Intercourse
by Andrea Dworkin
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Catlog: Book (1987-06-01)
Publisher: Free Pr
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Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Holy gawd, a male who loved this book! And I did. It's sad how most people can only see the sophomoric caricatures their biases craft in this book, rather than the real story: which is not hatred for males, nor an indictment of all heterosexuality as rape. Though it will be read that way if a person can *only* concieve of sex which contains an element of domination: take away the domination aspect, and for them, sex is abolished. The men and women (such as the odious Camille Paglia) who fear this book have minds too entrenched in patriarchal pseudoscientific essentialist nonsense to get over that. As for me, I love sex. I think it's beautiful -- and that's also why I love this book. It suggests to me that intercourse can retain that beauty, and that it doesn't have to be debased by being used as a weapon and a tool of oppression. Dworkin is a brilliant mind whose works have altered my life.

5-0 out of 5 stars genius
This book is groundbreaking. Intercourse-the act, not the book-had always seemed so pointless to me, as most women get almost nothing out of it. 70% of women can't climax that way. So why do they allow men to do it to them, other than for reproductive reasons? This book explains it perfectly. Thank you, Ms. Dworkin.

1-0 out of 5 stars feminist rant
(...) There have been many other reviews of this book that I agreed with, and you should read them, but I decided to also concur with those who gave this book the low score it deserves (how can some people applaud this crazy book?). This woman writes some shocking things about sex, basically saying that men are all evil violators of women. This book is anti-male, and the author basically goes through all of these problems and generalizes that men abuse women, and that it's a big conspiracy. This women is iconoclastic and atheist, and she obviously hasn't gotten any you know what. She uses all of these extreme examples that portray men as a bunch of abusive husbands that use coercion to have sex. What is her conclusion? There doesn't seem to be any except that she is roundly accusing the male gender of all these nasty things. Obviously there are example cases where there have been abusive husbands, rapists, and pimps. There are definitely flaws in society regarding the gender relations and double standards, but women have some advantages that men don't have also. There are problems in society, but that doesn't make all males rapists. She likens the act of sex to some kind of violent crime, and it's shocking. She doesn't acknowledge that sex is enjoyable and serves for reproduction, and that humanity would perish if people didn't have sex. She may have a few points, but they are all covered with an angry and hateful sheen. Furthermore, she uses too much profanity in this book and seems to rant incoherently. Overall, this is a book that is sexist, except against males.

1-0 out of 5 stars Specious reasoning.
This books principle argument is built on an incredibly misleading sleight of hand.

Dworkin's argument is as follows: In a patriarchal society, certain inescapable physical charachteristics of sex will hurt women's self esteem and discomfort them. In patriarchal society, this will further hurt women. Hence, in our present patriarchal society, sexual intercourse is coercive rape.

Contra Dworkin, the last sentence does NOT follow from the rest.

Just because something causes disutility, does not mean it is forced. For example, performing labor causes disutility for laborers, but does it follow that all workers are chattel slaves?

So, disutile as intercourse may be (according to Dworkin), it does not neccessarily mean that its forced.

Dworkin also argues that in "patriarchal" society, sex will hurt women's self esteem, and contribute to the further lowering of her position in life.

However, it still does not follow that she is coerced.

To use another analogy from economics, if one spends on consumption goods in the present, it hinders their possiblity of future consumption for a number of reasons, but it doesn't follow that the money was stolen from them.

Dworkin needs to learn that there is a hgue difference between disutility and disadvantage on the one hand, and coercion and force on the other.

1-0 out of 5 stars I Became a Rape Counsellor...
... so I could tell Andrea Dworkin she asked for it. ^_^ ... Read more

18. The Romance of Adultery: Queenship and Sexual Transgression in Old French Literature (Middle Ages Series)
by Peggy McCracken
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4-0 out of 5 stars A very scholarly look at queenship in 12th century literatur
Make sure you know your medieval French literature, because this author is going to plunge right in. Using "Tristan and Iseult", "Lanval", the Arthurian romances, and various RL histories (like the lives of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Blanche of Castile), McCraken seeks to show how views of fidelity and queenship changed in literature over time. Her thesis appears to be that as time went on, queens' power grew and the succession of legitimate heirs became more important, making the queen's fidelity more important. She also hypothesizes that the queen's body was itself a reflection of the king's worthiness to govern -- if the queen cheated on the king, the king's power was put into question.

I say "appears to be" because much of the language here is extremely high-flown, dry, and ultra-academic (in the style parodied best by Bill Watterson in his "Calvin" comic strip). I'm from a very scholarly background and extremely well-read in the literature of this period, yet still found the very dense style of writing difficult to follow. I also don't know medieval French, and translations are not always given for McCraken's (numerous and copious) citations. This is a very high-flown academic resource, a very tightly niched work. I don't regret getting it (as those who follow my reviews know, I don't mind owning good niche works), but this book is not a general history, nor is it intended even for the casual student of medieval history. This book is for the serious student of 12th-century French literature. She does support her hypotheses with ample documentation (there is also an excellent bibliography), and definitely has improved my understanding of the literature. Just be ready to do a little work.

One thing should mention especially, being a garb-a-holic, was the book's discussion of clothing. The queens mentioned in the book have various changes of clothes depending on the effect they want to inspire, and the descriptions, taken from what amount to primary sources, are very yummy. ... Read more

19. Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
by Camille Paglia
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5-0 out of 5 stars The most important book of the last 3 decades
Paglia's "Sexual Personae" is a massive work of Olympian learning; the most important book of the last 3 decades and certainly one of the greatest literary tomes of the century. This book in itself is utterly more valuable than a complete undergraduate education at one of our most prestigious universities.

"Sexual Personae" embodies the kind of hard-thinking discussions of art and philosophy so direly needed as the 20th century comes to a close. Paglia forces us to see the embedded truth in old sexual stereotypes, easily cuts through the muddled sentimentalism of current poststructuralist jargon, and implores us to take stock of ourselves in an ascetic, self-responsible and disciplined way using wit, wisdom, and aesthetics as tools of self-knowledge in a turbulent age of decadent Empire.

Paglia sees human history through art with an all-knowing, unapologetic eye to the point of sophisticated fatigue. She revives the ancient Greek concept of the Apollo/Dionysus continuum, she is honest about human social and sexual catharsis, and for all the talk about Paganism these days Paglia forces us to come to terms with the concept in a way that removes its [beautiful and horrifying] dualities from the sterile, solipsistic MickeyMouse playground on which it has been snidely and carelessly tossed by lazy new-age boomer "intellectuals"--so blindly at the expense of the well-being of the next generation of philosophical thinkers.

In many ways, "Sexual Personae" is a kind of intellectual call-to-arms for Generation X. Paglia is brave, shows that she cares, and is willing to take abuse and get tough in order to get the job done. It is the Bible of the 1990's, and an indespensible book for knowing ourselves and our world.

4-0 out of 5 stars Too original and thought provoking to be "feminist"
Reading Rene Denfeld's critique of modern feminism made me think of this book which directly attacked and challenged everything that was feminism in its time (and was roundly condemned by both women who still called themselves feminists) from "Matriarchy is peace" to "women are naturally more loving, compassionate, etc., etc."

Its more than that. It is an examination, a critique, a tour through Western culture from the perspective of a unique and startling confrontational woman. Her Appolonian=male, Dionysian=female argument might be just as a whacked as the Gloria Steinem inner child but it is still largely believed that structure=male, nature=female (just that nature is good and wholesome while structure is "patriarchal") and her love of everything patriarchal is knid of scary if patriarchal had actual meaning than what feminists call things that they don't like.

In this book you will see Emily Dickinson described as the female Sade, read Paglia's burning hatred for Mark Twain (she admits to hating Huckleberry Finn so much that one of the things to do when she went to grad school was to write a paper tearing that book apart), watch Paglia tear the matriarchy apart (look at the pregnant statue - no face, no legs, just pregnant - does that look like a life affirming goddess figure to you or a woman with one function only?), and get disturbed by her theories of culture (all cultures at their height of power and art are primarily pedophiliac)

It's a dense book and one that cannot be read in one sitting. YOu might even have to put it on the shelf and come back to it later, but like the teacher who loves her subject, Paglia will keep you interested. You will never look at Western art the same way again.

Oh one last thing on the feminist issue. Most feminists are Jungian in their outlook. They talk about feminine aspects and masculine aspects in the terms that Jung proposes. Paglia is a Freudian. MOst people consider Freud was a sexist even though he never said anything about anything being naturally feminine or masculine (penis envy being a type of hysteria like the Oedipal complex - possible and not altogether improbable but not normal everyday behavior) but that's because most people don't read Freud because he scares them before they can open up a Freudian text. So if you are feminist who thinks that your cherished ideas will not be confirmed by this book, run away. Let it rest on the shelf. Unless you have the courage to be challenged. Then read some Freud too and see what you've been missing.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Book of the 1990s
I first read "Sexual Personae" right after the 1991 Anita Hill brouhaha, when feminism was at its most dominant position in American culture. Paglia played such a huge role in the destruction of feminism as a credible intellectual force in the 1990s that it's hard to realize just how revolutionary this book was at that point.

I'll restrict myself to two points. Her first chapter is the most quotable piece of writing since "Hamlet." In her chapter on Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," she penetrates to the heart of what's funny about the play so well that Wilde's lines are funnier in her essay than they are in the mouths of event the best actors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliance dogged by a bifocal argument
Critical Theory, more or less, is that discipline of the Humanities that interprets the Arts via the ideas of philosophy and psychology.

Paglia's "Sexual Personae" is a work of critical theory focusing on human sexuality.

Paglia assumes the mantle of rogue, apostate feminist in declaring that had the development of civilization been left to women, we would all still be living in swamps. She maintains that aesthetic creation is an intrinsic function of male physiology: basically, men have phalluses and thus they create. Also, whereas female biology has a centrality rooted in the earth, male biology is psychologically peripheral and thus inevitably driven to attempt to dominate and rule the irrepressible female. By extension, then, males are driven to "subdue the earth" through the creation of civilization.

From this psychosexual premise, Paglia develops her central thesis: that human sexuality is crucially central to High Culture, that human sexuality inevitably involves power relationships, and that this "gigantic fact" leads inevitably to portrayals in the Arts of relationships characterized by dominance and submission.

Her thesis, then, clearly is influenced by the stark human equations championed by de Sade and Sartre.

While the first half of "Sexual Personae" is highly entertaining, the second half of the book labors under (what appears to be) the logical inconsistency of Paglia's "hermaphrodite" concept.

Paglia argues that up to the Renaissance, European sexual roles and sexual personae - male and female psychologies - were vibrant and well-defined. After that, there commenced a period of diffused "maleness" and "femaleness," resulting in muddled psychosexual conceptions of what had always been, in the good ole days, clear-cut gender roles.

In other words, Paglia's central thesis of the centrality of sex in the creation of High Culture starts unintentionally echoing Douglas Adams' hilarious quip in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy": invoking a pre-Renaissance golden age when, "Men were REAL men, women were REAL women, and small brown furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were REAL small brown furry creatures from Alpha Centauri."

Paglia's logical inconsistency lies in her having, on the one hand, to acknowledge C.G. Jung's axiom that creative males inevitably develop their inner feminine, while on the other hand having to argue that this sort of thing *really* is an undesirable, post-Renaissance muddling of psychosexual identity.

And so it goes: page after page of Paglia reaffirming ad infinitum how the works of all post-Renaissance male artists clearly portray their vast consuming dread of the "vagina dentata" -- the "devouring vagina." (No, I'm not making this up.) This dread presumably being an inevitable consequence of these artists' collective, psychological hermaphroditism...

That said, Paglia's finale - an analysis of Emily Dickinson, whom Paglia refers to as "the American de Sade" - is one of the most compelling and thought-provoking textual analyses in this or any other work of critical theory.

By book's end, after all the intellectual pyrotechnics have faded, Paglia has presented a worldview similar to that of Giambattista Vico: not only do we live in Vico's post-mythological world, we apparently also are occupying Paglia's World of Confused Gender Roles tragically inhabited by masculinized women and feminized men.

"Sexual Personae" is quirky, brilliant, engaging and encyclopedic: a tour de force of erudition.

Recommended to anyone interested in a highly unorthodox appraisal of sexuality in Western Art.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Paglia's A brilliant survey of Western cultural icons
Camille Paglia is a brilliant professor of culture who is this groundbreaking work looks with original insight into cultural
art and literary works from the dawn of civilization to the
poetry of Emily Dickinson who she labels the "Sade of America>
Paglia sets us a paradigm of conflict between the sexes throughout history in realms as diverse as politics, art and
literature. Paglia sees the conflict as based on the Apollo instinct in male artists to overcome the dark, watery, earth-

centered female.
Through a detailed look at such literary giants as Shakespeare, the Romantic poets, Emily Bronte, Whitman, Poe,
Hawthorne, Melville and the late nineteenth century decadents such as Oscar Wilde, Bauldelaire, Gautier, Huysmans and others
she makes original and until now unnoticed observations on the work of each master artist.
The book should be read through to understand her point but students could also use the book to examine the chapters dealing with the particular author or literary/artistic movement they are studying.
Paglia's work is so important it is absud to expect a short review such as this one to do justice to Dr. Paglia's groundbreaking work which will wake up the academy and complacent feminists!
As a disciple of Dr. Harold Bloom this bisexual Italian-American academic is someone the student of the arts should read and savor.
Paglia is controversial but essential reading. I recommend her work and have enjoyed the week I spent with this book!
Highly recommended! ... Read more

20. The Virgin Text: Fiction, Sexuality, and Ideology (Oklahoma Project for Discourse and Theory)
by Jon Stratton
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Catlog: Book (1987-06-01)
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