I was expecting neuro-biology. I couldn't listen more than ten minutes - the interviewer's lack of taste, gutter vocabulary and general vacancy of any redeeming grace were more than I could stand. One star is too high.
In this excerpt from In Bed with Susie Bright, Susie interviews Yale psychologist Paul Bloom about his fascinating best-selling book How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. Paul and Susie talk about the pleasures of sex and how we perceive them.
"Interviewer lost the sale"
Let's meet a group of women who pick up the pieces when their husbands come out. Susie reads from an article by Chadwick Moore in Out magazine that tells the stories of women dealing with their husbands' changes in sexual preference. Many of these women are devout Christians or from conservative backgrounds. They feel they should remain supportive, even at the sacrifice of their own happiness.
It's not just rapists and pedophiles that get listed on sex-offender registries. Also lumped in are public urinators and consenting teens who are screwed for life! A good and helpful idea has harmed some pretty innocent people, becoming a scarlet letter that doesn't go away. Susie looks at a New York Times article by Julie Bosman that details the problems with the registries.
A Christian fundamentalist Michigan lawmaker freaked out when his affair was about to go public. So what did he do? He spread rumors to divert attention away from the affair, instead saying that he was into sucking men's cocks. Hum says Susie. Wise move? And where does God weigh in on this kind of behavior? Tea Party conservative Todd Courser is the crazy whose idea was to "inoculate the herd" so his affair would seem tame by comparison. This has Susie and many Michiganders shaking their heads.
Amnesty International is facing a backlash for proposing a new policy for sex workers. They want to stop the criminalization of buying or selling sex between consenting adults. Susie says, Hooray! But some big-time Hollywood stars are using their fame to oppose this effort, because they think sex workers are always oppressed and trafficked. But the World Health Organization has also called for decriminalization, so we'll have to see how this plays out. Will celebrity power influence - or just muddy up - the process?
On today's show, Susie looks at what's happening to "trans consciousness" these days. Like early gay liberation, which was smeared by vicious right-wingers but hailed by ultra-politically correct left leaners, the search for explaining transgender is on. And because it can be hard for the general public to make sense of real people who are trans, many love having a celebrity in the picture to help them embrace a confusing idea. Caitlin Jenner is our new trans role model, but Susie has a beef with America's choice of Caitlin.
Mental illness, meet Match.com. Is casual flirtation being ruined by an epidemic of "crazy, armed, and dangerous"? Just imagine: You meet a guy at the coffee shop, and then friend him on Facebook, but he turns out to be too creepy, so you block him. Then he turns out to have targeted and killed other women just like you. Susie reads a blog entry from a woman who met a mentally ill man who "loved" Asian women to the point of obsession. When they wouldn't go out with him, he murdered them.
Today's show is all about queer lives and loves. The US Supreme Court has made it official, and now even the reddest of red states must recognize gay marriage. Forget about the fundamentalist's "God's will" argument against gay marriage, says Susie, and look at the money. Catholic blogger Simcha Fischer caught Susie's attention when she noted that if churches now discriminate against gays, they will lose their tax-exempt status, and therefore, money.
Susie spends the entire show with guest Daniel Bergner, whose book What Do Women Want? was on the New York Times best-seller list. The book is subtitled Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, and it disrupts the typical idea that women are more monogamous than men. Bergner's research also turns the tables on conventional thinking about women's desires and arousal.
Here at In Bed if someone says you "have a dirty mind" we call that a compliment! Today's guest, Nicholson Baker, has received that accolade and many more; The New York Times has even described him as "the mad scientist of smut". Susie and Nicholson talk about his steamy book House of Holes, which is filled with outrageous scenes of raunch, fantasy, and characters experiencing wild pleasures. What does happen when you give up your right arm in order to have a gigantic penis? This book is hot and a must-read, says Susie.
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?
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?
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 speaks with author Jen Sincero about her new book You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. It's about how to stop wallowing in your own self-pity, take action, and lose the excuses. As a life coach, Jen has had a long history of dealing with kooky and great experiences, a history that enables her to make your life work for you. Susie also loves another of Jen's books: The Straight Girl's Guide to Sleeping with Chicks. This is a fun conversation filled with lots of tidbits that will help you to get going.
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.
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.
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!"
In part 2 of an interview with sexual theorist and therapist Dr. Leonore Tiefer, Susie and Leonore discuss the differences between sexual addiction, sexual compulsion, and obsession. They also look at what it takes to be an effective sex coach. Tiefer's feminist theories inform her findings on why people have more sexual apprehensions today, which has lead to a boom for the pharmaceutical industry.
Susie looks into to a story from The New York Times about friends who become lovers. Can friends go from being buddies to lovers without stress? Research says this phenomenon is called "friends with benefits", and it has many risks.
Still looking for something for your valentine? Don't despair - Susie has recommendations for all the traditional V-Day gifts - flowers, yes; chocolate, maybe; diamond genital leash, big yes. Susie wonders if there really are secret sex tips that only the pros know. She offers her three biggest recommendations for making your sex life soar. In her mailbag, Susie answers questions about the pleasures of masturbation, wearing women's panties, and the locked up secrets of the male chastity belt.
Today, Susie looks at one woman's plight: her beau asked for a facial cum shot on their first date. Bold move, say some. But what about the idea of getting to know each other with "regular" sex before getting too kinky? This all comes from an article in GQ magazine. Looks like pulling out and ejaculating on your date has been growing in popularity with some guys. But what do the ladies think? Susie has some ideas on why the porn-like money shots have a growing allure.
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.
If you've ever wondered if being a sexual swinger is for you, this show is a must listen. This week, Susie interviews award-winning author, columnist, editor, and sex educator Tristan Taormino, and the topic of conversation is open relationships and how you make them work. Susie gets Tristan to reveal the juiciest parts of her new book Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships.
A new, sexy e-book entitled Shades of Grey has taken over the publishing world. This has Susie thinking, "What are some of the other erotic romance books that paved the way for Shades that we all need to read or read again?" Susie has a list, including: Carrie's Story, Story of O, and Nine and a Half Weeks, to name a few. She's also working hard to get these important titles into audiobook form. Stay tuned!
Susie reveals the outcome of Bush's Abstinence education programs: They don't work! A new report by a nonpartisan research group finds that abstinence programs appear to have little impact on teenagers delaying sex. Oh Susie has a heyday with this one. Tune in to have a good laugh and get a reality check.
Susie Bright, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright, wants to read you some of her favorite dirty stories. In this collection of eight stories, you'll hear reminiscences of sex past from Tsuarah Litsky, in transit encounters from Nell Carberry, an updated Beauty and the Beast tale from Claire Tristram, as well as stories from Jess Wells, Alma Marceau, and Ernie Conrick. Almost all of these stories originally appeared in the annual Best American Erotica collection, edited by Susie Bright.
"Sensuality - the advanced course"
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.
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.
Susie starts off today's show with an announcement about her newest book: Mother-Daughter Sex Advice. Then we meet "Sybil", a former stripper, and finally Susie has helpful advice about how to live with herpes and enjoy sex.
Even though playing with Barbie is old hat for Susie, in this week's Front Page, she delights a recent ruling making it okay, finally, for Barbie to pose nude. Her Media Whore sites are set on the Consumer Reports for the world of porn: www.janesguide.com. And, in her Try This at Home Mailbag, Susie answers two listener questions.
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 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..."
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.
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"
In this collection, Broadway superstar Alan Cumming tells of the deep knowing offered by one stranger to another after casual sex; in science-fiction hotshot Geoffrey Landis' bawdy fairy tale, we learn about the very first penis; 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.
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 fifth annual edition of a best-selling series brings together the most outstanding erotic writing of the year.
"Disappointing at most"
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"
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"
Susie Bright is a sexual liberationist of the highest order. The Sexual State of the Union includes essays about dirty pictures and porn, lesbian marriage and lesbian murder, lesbian men and switching genders, vibrators, and the longevity of feminism. The writing is crisp, intelligent, and provocative; there is sure to be something that will make you cheer as well as something that will deeply offend you.
"go audiobook on this one"
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.
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.
From Susie Bright, America's most outrageous and outspoken chronicler of the nation's sexual practices, comes this volume of the crème de la crème of erotic literature of 1999. Edited by Bright, whom the San Francisco Chronicle describes as "the X-rated intellectual" and The New York Times hails as "the voice of sweet reason and literacy", this sixth annual edition of a best-selling series is sure to satisfy old fans and leave newcomers begging for more.