When ISIS released its manifesto following the Paris bombings, Susie found their obsession with "prostitution" and "vice" a key insight into their twisted sexual revenge fantasies.
Susie starts off today's show with a labyrinth of ethical questions concerning a caregiver and a client falling in love. A professor of ethics at Rutgers University became involved with a severely disabled man while she was working with him. He could not speak, and she used "facilitated communication" - keyboard typing, with physical assistance from the professor - as a way for him to communicate. She thought they were falling in love. But his family thought differently.
What do you get when you combine ball-busting feminists, the patriarchy, and a sexy Halloween? The scariest haunting of them all! Susie went to the best haunted-house ever, featuring gender-queer apparitions, ball-busting butchers, riot ghouls, and radical vampiric grannies. The show is the brainchild of artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell, who wanted to "pervert, not convert" all the sinners who love scary, nightmarish fun.
Oh, really? There's a rumor going around of a bright-orange, phallic shaped, Hawaiian mushroom that triggers spontaneous orgasms when women sniff it. That sounds great, says Susie - except that this is hogwash! Every few years, a different story about a new erotic aphrodisiac pops up, and sorry to say, it's just hype.
Today, Susie has the real story behind Playboy's decision to discontinue the centerfold. The world is abuzz with the news that the leading gentrifier of "girlie mags" will no longer publish nude photos. Playboy claims that their magazine has lost "shock value, commercial value and cultural relevance" due to the easy access to porn the Internet provides. Susie sees it differently: It's more about looking for more international outlets, ones that won't allow nudity but condone - and really like - titillation.
"Voluntourism": part vacation and part do-goodism. Today, Susie looks at how these organized tours have gained popularity - and why they are troubling. Reading from Laura Augustin's The Naked Anthropologist blog, she delves into why people are signing up to visit slums, gawk at prostitutes, and hear stories about human trafficking, all in an attempt to show "I care."
Free-market conservatives are actively strategizing on shutting down the government, based on fighting birth control. What's their end game? Susie is fascinated by these Republican lawmakers and has wondered why they are so adamant about getting their way. Reading from Amanda Marcotte's article in The Guardian, Susie covers the major points that make the right wingers so upset with Planned Parenthood's clientele. It has to do with being angry at people who are low-income, female, unmarried, and having kids.
Today's show will reveal everything you ever wanted to know about the illustrious G-spot. Over the years, Susie has written books, interviewed authors, and answered many listener questions about just what the female G-spot is. She's compiled many of her best segments on squirting, masturbating, and how to find the G-spot from five years of In Bed discussions. So sit back and relax if you can, because this 80-minute special is bound to excite and will certainly get you hot. Feel free to take notes!
Susie is off this week, but she'd like you to hear a special show featuring some of her best interviews with candid and ambitious women who make sex movies. You'll hear stories about, and conversations with, the most articulate, most outrageous players in the business of porn, from actresses on camera to power brokers behind the scenes. We feature seven distinctive women, from Linda Lovelace to Candida Royale, in this delicious 90-minute special.
Susie starts off today's show by discussing the hacked Ashley Madison website, which offers discreet affairs for married people. The site has come under fire, but not just for the hack. When their database of confidential users was leaked, more interesting data surfaced as well. It looks like the site's whole service was a scam. Next, Susie found a great article about sugar daddies (and mommies)....
Today, Susie unlocks the chastity belt and peaks inside the abstinence-only programs aimed at kids - never mind that abstinence-only education has long been derided as ineffectual in preventing teen pregnancies and STDs. Although many know what the kids are being told not to do, the other side of the story is what they are being taught: a cocktail of shame, sexism, and misinformation.
Ever wonder how women were supposed to pee, menstruate, and defecate with their chastity belts locked on and their husbands riding off to the Crusades? Well, put that quandary to bed! As revealed by a Boing Boing article that Susie discusses, the belts were a big joke in the Middle Ages. Today, men still enjoy fantasies about horny women with wild sexual appetites who must be controlled. And for women, the fantasy is "I belong to a cruel master." That's fun modern-day role playing, but actual medieval chastity belts were a myth.
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"
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 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?
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"
Christmas and the holidays are a fun and festive time for many. But for incest survivors, a traditional family get-together can bring on sad feelings and emotions. Today, Susie reads from Grace Davis' Abuse Survivor's Guide to the Holidays. The book includes helpful tips, ranging from how to stay centered to staying sober to taking note of who your chosen family is. And it reminds that, as an adult, your abusive family members are part of the past!
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.
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.
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.
On today's show, Susie interviews author Adrian Colesberry. He wrote a funny how-to sex book called How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry by Adrian Colesberry. Susie is a big fan and thinks the book is hilarious. Now he's working on another book, this time about work, empathy, and pleasure. He and Susie talk about real joy, sex advice, groupies, and some sexy science stuff.
Susie Bright celebrates the first amendment, lesbianism, single motherhood, and fantasizes an eventful night with Dan Quayle in this uninhibited and quirky collection of essays, articles, and book reviews written over the past few years. Offbeat and sexy, Bright defends Madonna, attacks Dr. Ruth, and is snubbed by Camille Paglia herself in this rather amazing and outspoken collection.
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.
Today's show is all about joysticks for Jacks and Jills. Susie interviews video-gamer and erotic author Shanna Germain. There is a perception that gamers are all young men who spend all their waking hours in a basement secluded from the real world. Well, surprise - many gamers are regular people including plenty of female devotees. Shanna and Susie talk about how sex finds its way into some popular programs and how to navigate a multi-player game.
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."
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.
Susie is outraged to hear that a middle school in Illinois has banned hugging, and she reviews a new book, 101 Nights of Grrreat Sex. She tried some of the secret seductions offered to perk up your sex life, and after the first game, her partner gave this book a big thumbs up.
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!
Susie reads from an erotic fable that will surely keep us all in the holiday spirit. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler has written a tale about what happens when a husband is reincarnated into a parrot and his wife goes shopping for a Pretty Polly.
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.
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"
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"
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"
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"
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.