In Best Sex Writing 2012, sex columnist Rachel Kramer Bussel and noted commentator Susie Bright, this year's guest judge, collect the most challenging and provocative work on this endlessly evocative subject. Find out what's behind the latest political sex scandals in "Sex, Lies, and Hush Money", learn about how "Atheists Do It Better" and find out "Why Lying About Monogamy Matters". From an insider look at being gay in the military pre-DADT and an impassioned defense of circumcision to a dating site for people with STDs, nuanced explorations of teen sex laws, prostitution, sex at 66, SlutWalks, female orgasm workshops, and more, Best Sex Writing 2012 explores the smarter side of sexuality. This is bedtime reading for erotic intellectuals and those who want to go behind the latest leering headlines for real talk about the topic on everyone's lips.
This is not a one-handed read -- this is a collection of non-fiction culled from the media in the year under review -- 2011.
It's a fascinating glimpse into the dysfunctional early 21st Century attitudes towards sex in the US.
I live in a reasonably conservative country -- South Africa. Prostitution is illegal here and pornography was only legalised in 1994(!). And yet we have legalised gay marriage and have leading judges who are also anti-Aids activists.
We celebrate Women's month for the whole of August and sexual violence against women is increasingly being treated with the contempt and horror which it deserves.
Reading about how frightened and fascinated US society is by sex gave me an interesting insight into how my own culture deals with teenage sex, sex among older people, prostitution, rape and homosexuality. These are all covered in this collection.
I'm very glad Susie Bright decided not to read this one. I find her delivery off-putting sometimes. The narrators did justice to the material. There were some phrasing issues that, if I were directing the performances, I would have done differently. But on the whole, very good indeed -- nothing deal-breaking.
I cannot wait for next year's edition!