A landmark court ruling in Japan has stated that, since prostitution in their country is a business transaction, wives can't claim it as adultery. So why is this a big deal? Japanese wives are entitled to monetary compensation when their husbands have mistresses. Susie is torn about this: She's sympathetic to prostitutes being able to earn their livelihoods, but this does take power away from Japanese women. The court ruling was issued...yes, by a man.
We've all known someone on the Rachel Dolezal spectrum who uses downward mobility as ascension or escape. You'd rather not #AskRachel what it means to her to pass as black, but you can't turn away. Susie has many thoughts on this headline-grabbing story of a white girl who grew up with white fundamentalist missionary parents and then left them behind to live as a black activist.
The good news: gay marriage is making revolutionary gains. The bad news: abortions and birth control pills are harder to come by. Susie takes a look at the legal battles over reproductive rights and marriage equality to see what lessons we can learn from the court cases. At the heart of the issue is whether privacy trumps equality - or is it the other way around?
Let's meet Gosnell Duncan, the man who, in the 1960s, redesigned and improved dildos by making them female friendly. Our hero was a former dancer and ladies' man who became paralyzed but still wanted to enjoy sex. Susie became friends with Duncan back when she was working at the sex-toy store Good Vibrations. She reads from a Bitch magazine article by Hallie Lieberman that details the history of the dildo. The journey from clunky rubber contraptions to sleek and safe silicone devices took many years, but Duncan was a tireless entrepreneur.
Time for your history lesson on the origins of the female clitoris. That's right, Susie has a detailed look, beginning in ancient times and moving through to the present day, on the absurd idea that the clit is evil or witchcrafty or that it's really just an unimportant body part. Susie reads from an article in the Huffington Post by writers Carina Kolodny and Amber Genuske, who tell what the anatomists, psychologists, and neurologists have written throughout the ages about this important female pleasure center.
Susie starts off the show with a light-hearted look at vagina steaming. What's that, you ask? According to actress Gweneth Paltrow, the way it works is that you "sit on, essentially, a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleans your uterus." This is an Americanized version of a centuries-old Korean tradition called chai-yok, and Susie loves to indulge in this spa treatment. She reads from a humorous essay by Laura Hopper Beck on the author's experience with one of these cleanses.
A long-standing tradition in China of hiring strippers to perform at funerals is now illegal, but the shows continue to take place. Authorities want it to stop, but in mostly rural areas, it's still common to have scantily clad girls singing and dancing for the mourners. Susie reads from an interview with documentarian Marc Moskowitz, who has written about these funerals, as well as producing a film called Dancing for the Dead.
In 18th-century London, a man named Jack Harris published an annual guide entitled Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, which noted the ladies' skills at prostitution. If you've ever used a Zagat or Frommer's guide, or Consumer Reports, you have an idea of how popular Harris's list must have been. Susie reads from a New Yorker article by Nicola Twilley that details how the guide evolved and who made it onto the selective list.
Slip under the covers with all 45 episodes of the 14th season of In Bed with Susie Bright. Susie digs deep into the erotic secrets, controversies, and sexual politics that grabbed our imaginations and influenced our lives in 2014. All IBWSB shows feature candid discussions of sex, ranging from the bizarre to the sublime. Nobody calls it like Susie.
Campus rape prevention and prosecution are in the news again, and some say it's a crisis. Others say it's a panic. Susie sees a chasm between ideal behavior and an informed understanding of human sexuality. She reads from an article by Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education that lays out the real dilemma here: Many college students lack education about sexuality and are unprepared and insecure about sex.
Today Susie looks at the details surrounding a complex story: An elderly man who may or may not have had willing sex with his Alzheimer's-suffering wife has been put on trial. At the heart of the matter is the question of consent and the infantilization of the elderly. It seems lots of younger people don't want to believe that senior citizens might still want to have sex together.
The state of Indiana has put a woman in prison for 20 years on charges that she killed her fetus, and reproductive-rights activists are outraged. Susie reviews the grisly details of how this happened. The woman is Asian American, single, and from a religious Hindu family that looks down on premarital sex - a perfect storm that led her to hide her pregnancy. But when the complications of a miscarriage caused her to seek medical help, she was quickly put in jail.
Susie Bright, one of America's best-known sexperts, addresses the sexual politics of the day's news, reviews recent movies and erotic books, answers your sex and relationship questions, and more in this exclusive AudibleOriginal®. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
"Not what I expected"
Susie Bright, founder of Best American Erotica, presents a classic, taboo-breaking collection of men’s erotic fiction - featuring the most unrepentant gay literary heroes of our generation. Legendary writers like John Preston, Samuel Delany, Steven Saylor/Aaron Travis, Lars Eighner, Dennis Cooper - who can imagine men’s intimate and transgressive lives without them?
Some of the smartest erotic stories in the world just happen to be written by lesbians, women who changed the face of erotic lit. Susie Bright presents a collection of lesbian sex lives that speak fearlessly, through every taboo, without any apologies. Writers like Dorothy Allison, Lisa Montanarelli, Greta Christina, and Peggy Munson name names, get as close to any woman as they dare, and relish every deep stroke of their erotic pens….
"Delivers Exactly What Was Promised!"
Can we ever have too much sex? Can we ever love someone too much? On today's show, Susie discusses what marks the difference between healthy and addictive love. She speaks with author Rachel Resnick about her new book Love Junkie: A Memoir.
Susie has a question for you: Do you want to "restore" your marriage, or stick a fork in it? A recent article from the New York Times "Modern Love" editor has Susie laughing and crying about trends in helping those struggling with marital non-bliss. Daniel Jones writes about the conventional ways couples try to reignite passion and get the love back in their relationships. Susie finds a lot of these ideas troubling: planned date nights, planned hugging and kissing, planned sexy nights out...stop! Working at change is great, but come on.
The current Republican presidential candidates are not acting very Republican-like these days. A party that is known for traditional family and conservative values has been spicing it up… unintentionally. Yes, there's been a lot of talk about Open Marriage in recent days, and oh doesn't Susie think this is fun. On today's show, she reads an article from the New York Times in which several liberal sex-expert colleagues of hers discuss just what an open marriage is really all about.
Susie begins today's show with a tribute to the late author and journalist Christopher Hitchens. Over a long career he was a regular columnist for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and Slate. Susie found his writing and views on bisexuality to be unparalleled.
Susie is under the weather and staying under the covers this week, but she thought you'd enjoy this extra-special edition of In Bed from four years ago. This show concentrates on a special topic that many listeners continue to have questions about: the G-Spot and women's orgasms. Yes, the Big O! Today's show will reveal everything you ever wanted to know about the illustrious G-Spot.
Susie's mailbag has just been overflowing with great mail lately, and this week she's answering a few of the choicest letters. First off, a mom wonders if her newborn son's future sex life will suffer from circumcision -- Susie responds that her philosophy is "the less cutting, the better." Then, an empty nest mom finds sexual and personal fulfillment in bondage, and a newly single man wants to know how long he should wait to start his next relationship.
Susie hears a juicy sex dispatch from a listener in North Dakota regarding a sex columnist recenty fired from the local student paper. Then, after years of debunking tantric sex, Susie's finally found a book that makes the practice seem down-right interesting, at least historically. It's called Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics and Power in the Study of Religion by Hugh Urban and Susie reads part of the preface as well as the larger-than-life story of Chogyam Trungpa.
Susie's guest this week is Esther Perel, author of the bestselling, Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic. In this fascinating interview, Esther and Susie compare notes on what type of advice works for couples that are experiencing bed death. Esther says too many people forget they have to do their part to keep sex alive within long term relationships, including respecting your partner's sex life that's independent of the relationship.
Want to hear how it all started? Here's your chance to enjoy all 51 episodes of the premiere year of In Bed with Susie Bright from 2001.
"Start with the Fundementals?"
If you can only have one audiobook of erotica on your listening device, this is it. From Susie Bright, the "grand dame" of erotica and the editor of The Best American Erotica series, comes this compelling collection, featuring 40 of the best and most relished contemporary erotic short stories to date.
Monica Lewinsky is back in the news. She's written a story for Vanity Fair in which she talks about her affair with President Clinton. Susie was glad to read that Lewinsky is candid about the affair being consensual. What is troubling to remember, though, is that back when this happened, Lewinsky was portrayed as a slut. Susie says there is so much more to this whole story, and she reads from an article she wrote for Ms. magazine that looks into Monica's background.
To mark its 15th anniversary, and the very last edition of the series, the top-selling erotica anthology achieves a scorching new climax with a special edition showcasing standout stories from the entire series as well as never before published pieces - plus a hot and edgy piece from Susie Bright herself.
"Definitely pushes the envelope"
Susie speaks with Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger. Harriet has a new book out called Marriage Rules that tackles the sexual hot spots of long-term relationships. Susie talks to Harriet about her common-sense approach to the age-old problems that occur between partners. From "he won't talk" to "she doesn't want to have sex", it's all covered, with handy rules to make life together work again in the bedroom.
Susie cheers the outcome of a recent criminal case in Dallas involving a porn store clerk who successful fought charges brought against her for selling pornography. In her interview, Susie talks this week with Jill Nagle, the author of Whores and Other Feminists. Jill also teaches classes on how to flirt. Susie and Jill compare their flirting techniques and talk about why a woman might chose to date gay men. In her mailbag, a man wonders if there's such a thing as sex addiction.
In the 14th edition of this seductive series, erotica's veterans and up-and-coming new writers join forces to explore how tantalizing crossing the so-called Lolita gap between youth and middle age can be.
"the voice acting was not mood setting"
Famous for taking her readers to undiscovered places, Susie Bright has changed the rules for writing about sex. Erotica is no longer under-the-covers reading; it's thrilling literature that showcases the best writing around.
"Worth a listen"
This is the ideal collection for all lovers of first-rate erotic literature. Edited by Susie Bright, whom the Utne Reader calls "one of the leading thinkers and visionaries of our time", this third annual edition of a best-selling series brings together the most outstanding erotic writing of the year.
In The Best American Erotica 2002, Maggie Estep relates the surprising sexual happenings in a detox clinic, Francesca Lia Block explores the aquatic fantasies haunting a surfer, and Ernie Conrick introduces a tennis star and sex symbol who surrenders to an unusual coach. In these 23 stories you will also find cutting-edge work from other luminaries and from the Internet, where the next wave of erotica has matured into some of the most enticing writing around.
"Not the best..."
This is the ideal collection for all lovers of first-rate erotic literature. Edited by Susie Bright, whom the Utne Reader calls "one of the leading thinkers and visionaries of our time", this fourth annual edition of a best-selling series brings together the most outstanding erotic writing of the year, including peculiarly dark and dangerous takes, as well as cutting-edge forays into the world of cybersex.
Ever wondered why theres no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright. Big Sex Little Death is an explosive yet intimate memoir that's pure Susie: bold, free-spirited, unpredictable, larger than life, yet utterly true to life.
"Inspiring, thought provoking and very well crafted"
In The Best American Erotica, Volume 11, we learn about the very first penis in science-fiction hotshot Geoffrey Landis's bawdy fairy tale; Touré's breathless prose poem sets us up with an evening's worth of erotic visitors; and in Jerry Stahl's story, a man recalls his boyhood fascination with his mother's friends and their elaborate undergarments.
"Sliver of quiver"
Included in this collection: "Rubenesque" by Magenta Michaels; "Brian's Bedroom" by Leigh Rutledge; "Serenade for Female with Fantasies" by Anne Marie Mardith; "Why" by Bob Flanagan; "Milk" by Michael Dorsey; and more.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley details a beautiful erotic interlude in an otherwise sordid real estate deal; Mary Gaitskill celebrates the unexpected ardor of one middle-aged couple; Steve Almond reminisces about the best one-man/three-girl Ecstasy party ever; Nelson George recounts the erotic escapades that befall a young man who accompanies a celebrity athlete when he picks up a gaggle of girls; and Carol Queen explores the joys of making love with summer fruit.
In The Best American Erotica 2001, Marge Piercy introduces us to the nerd kid sex club, Nathan Englander explores the addictive power of a peep show, Jerry Stahl relates a dare from an extremely demanding girlfriend, and Dani Shapiro proves the difference between the fantasy and the reality of losing your virginity.
"I guess erotica is not my thing."
For this special edition, Susie Bright has gathered human sexuality in all its diversity: pleasure and desire in all its forms. Featuring erotic stories by: Bret Easton Ellis, Poppy Z. Brite, William Harrison, Michelle Tea, Aimee Bender, and Molly Weatherfield.
Welcome to the "girl-talk" you thought you'd never hear in public! Susie (52) and Aretha Bright (19) are a mother/daughter team of columnists from Jezebel.com, whose readers flooded them with explicit dilemmas about sexual pleasures and disasters, body issues, dating, relationships, and young marriage. If you want cutting-edge sex advice that goes beyond pregnancy-and-disease-control - if you’re ready to hear family conversations about sex that are real and refreshing this is the book for you.
The 10th anniversary edition of The Best American Erotica includes the most esteemed and lascivious writers at work today. Dorothy Allison explores the wonderful, mysterious abilities of the human hand, and Zane's corporate tigress plays mind games that make other office shenanigans look like mere games of Candyland.
Sexual Reality marks Susie Bright's return to politics and passion, jealousy and risk - in an intimate look at the human sexual condition. Chapters include: "The Story of O Birthday Party", "Strip Tea: A Most Unusual Tea Party", "Undressing Camille Paglia", "Egg Sex: Pregnancy and a Mother's Sex Life", "Blindsexual: What Every Bisexual Needs to Know", and "When 'No' Means 'I Didn't Know It Would Be Like This'".
"Uneven but interesting"
This is the ideal collection for all lovers of first-rate erotic literature. Edited by Susie Bright, whom the Utne Reader calls "one of the leading thinkers and visionaries of our time", this fifth annual edition of a best-selling series brings together the most outstanding erotic writing of the year.
"Disappointing at most"
Flasher is the story of a one-time hippie love pirate, slum goddess, a Ruby Tuesday of the '60's who mutated into a blossoming writer on the Lower East Side art scenes in 1990's. When our feminist Bukowski meets a sculptor who designs fetishwear at a New Years Day party, her life changes and becomes a consideration of the values and costs of love and friendship, sexual freedom (is there such a thing?), and the importance of family - real and inherited.