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, 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?
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
Susie was recently a guest lecturer in a grad-school classroom where she was asked about the history of the feminist divide on pornography. This brought back old memories, including one in particular about how the famous radical writer Andrea Dworkin disagreed with Susie's view on pornography. Dworkin agreed with those who linked violence against women to porn. And back in the 1970s, she responded to an article Susie wrote about fisting. Dworkin wrote that if women were hurt because they tried Susie's violent idea of sex, then...Susie should be arrested!
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.
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"
Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on our blessings, and Susie shares some of the many letters from In Bed listeners she's received listing what they were thankful for in their sex lives this past year. The responses are fun and range from a new mattress that offers many exciting adventures to being grateful for living in New Zealand, because it is such a sensible and open-minded society.
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.
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.
Extra, extra, read all about it: threesomes are making a comeback. The New York Post featured the recent headline "Menage a trios goes Mainstream". Is the once-considered-too-kinky three-way sexual encounter now becoming commonplace? Your neighbors and friends may be a lot wilder then you know!
Eating pussy, muff diving, and giving head are making headlines in Toronto recently. It's not about the sex shops; it's happening at city hall. Today, Susie talks about Mayor Rob Ford's sexual adventures up in Canada. Oh, it's not been pretty - he's in a bunch of trouble with his constituents as well as the press. Next, Susie looks at Google's decision to display warnings on some popular search terms - and there are 13,000 that qualify!
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"
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.
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.
In the weeks since September 11th, Susie's been getting reports from a different front line - the dance floor of a strip club near L.A.X. Susie's stripper friend - "Grammar Queen" - says the level of anger she's sensing from her usually predictable customers surprises her. Then, Susie reminisces about her love for strippers and strip clubs. In her mailbag, Susie hears from a woman whose new lover won't have anything to do with her because she has a sexually transmitted disease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."