Speaking Sex to Power charts Patrick Califia-Rice's provocative views, which often conflict with not only mainstream society but also much of the lesbian, gay, and feminist movements. Along with essays on antiporn feminism, the Bush cabinet, and repression of S/M, Califia-Rice writes of his decision to undergo a sex change.
Patrick Califia's characters are people who can't get a cab at night: vampires who prey on drug addicts on the Lower East Side, self-hating Mormon missionaries, baby butch dykes searching for worthy dyke daddies, hermaphrodite private investigators, transsexual streetwalkers, older butch tops - rough-mannered but compassionate - FTM community activists, femmes who need to be taught a lesson, femmes who need to be left in charge.
Mixing erotic vignettes with practical how-to advice and personal insight, Sensuous Magic is the author's guide to sadomasochism for couples. For readers who harbor fantasies of erotic dominance and submission, Sensuous Magic demystifies S/M, explaining terminology and technique. Experienced players will appreciate the author's knowledge of S/M safety and his insight into S/M psychology. Novices will be reassured by the book's honest, frank approach.
"Inspired and important understanding for lovers"