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Macho Sluts: Erotic Fiction

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  511 ratings  ·  40 reviews

When it was first published in 1988, Patrick Califia's Macho Sluts, a collection of S/M stories set in San Francisco's dyke bathhouses, sex parties, and S/M gay bars, shocked the lesbian community and caused an upheaval in the field of queer publishing. Nobody had ever written so frankly about the kinky potential of woman-to-woman sex (and nobody has ever done it any bette

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Published July 1st 1994 by Alyson Books (first published July 1st 1988)
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Oct 19, 2008 Captainlaurie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who, like me, celebrates blatant filth.
Recommended to Captainlaurie by: My high school girlfriend.
I read this as part of my voracious consumption of queer smut during my late teen coming-out days in the mid-90's. I thought that it was awesome and hot in a brilliantly filthy way that I'd never encountered before. Califia writes about beating the hell out of someone and then fisting them like some people write about religion, and I appreciate her for that. She's like a Jesus freak, except for hardcore queer fucking.

I read it a few times (some stories more than others) then my copy sat on my s
I guess this is the kind of thing you can't really argue over, but I didn't find it that hot and, you know, a lot of my interests are represented so I potentially should've. However! A lot of the stories were interesting anyway. "The Hustler" was great, it's more of a dystopic story about a world governed according to second wave radical feminist principles. There is a great bit where the protagonist is surprised during sex with another woman and the police disapprove because "now that it's poss ...more
Marjorie Elwood
I enjoyed the three introductions more than I did the stories, which pretty much left me cold. I much prefer the Alison Kaine series, which injects a great deal of humor into the BDSM scene. This collection took itself too seriously and the writing was pedantic at times, as when a dominatrix enumerated the number and types of whips she owned.

Having said that, this is a groundbreaking classic that opened up a new world of lesbian sexuality. The book was challenged repeatedly and was confiscated r
For a kid that spent most of their adolescence online reading and writing smutty sci-fi fan-fiction, this book echoed a lot of conventions I was already well-acclimated to. And while I can't flat out say it was predictable, so-so erotica, sometimes the characters were just so... hokey, for lack of a better word, that I couldn't really get into the whole of the story plots. It mostly struck me as akin to some of the more poorly written fanfic you could find online back in the glory days of AOL an ...more
How to fuck.
The other stories are your basic lesbo BDSM mainstream fare so far (though I'm sure they were quite revolutionary in their day) but one story, "The Hustler", really stuck with me and may even be worth
buying the volume for. It's about a FEMINIST SOCIALIST dystopia that even I as a radical feminist found believable, showing that misogyny isn't the only ingredient in homophobia, whoraphobia, transphobia, and the fear and hatred of kink. And it's not just ideology either--Califia manages to paint th
Fulani Fulani
I read this some time ago, and it made a lasting impression. It's a story collection, with a with all the stories on a lesbian BDSM theme. The longest story revolves around a proof-of-submission ordeal in a BDSM club, with a woman becoming the submissive of the club owner. Other stories range from dystopian near-future SF in a female-dominated society, to the acting out of kidnap scenarios. That said, it's also a clever collection with intellectual arguments and propositions underlying the stori ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kinky queers
Recommended to Laura by: a kinky queer
pat califia, aside from being a pretty kick ass activist for trans folk, is a marvelous writer of eroticism. this book has my favorite kink erotic fiction ever.."the surprise party"..where three gay cops abduct and have their way with a butch lesbian!
Jun 20, 2007 HeavyReader rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of heavy S/M
I used to be really into the sex-centered short stories of Pat Callifa, but I don't know if I am so much any more. They're a bit too hardcore SM for me these days.

Pat sure can write.

Warning: This book contains possibly triggering material.
Loved it. Loved the lush writing that was so rich and talented even when it turned me off; loved all the essays that added context for such an important part of queer history; loved the variety of stories.
Quite hot in some parts, but it's a little tiring to see fucking for pages after pages after pages after pages....

I've given it a 3, but I would give 3.5 stars if I could...
I am currently reading erotic fiction through January 1st. This definitely had some stories that I enjoyed and some, not so much. Different strokes, and all.
Hardcore (and sometimes disturbing) lesbian s/m erotica. Yummy. "The Calyx of Isis" remains one of the most erotic stories I've ever read!
Lee Ann
I can see why it's referenced as ground breaking for when it was written, and as an example of good hard core lesbian erotica.
Aug 10, 2007 Mo rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: schwing
I used to strategically leave this lying around in my room when I was in college, just in case anyone had any...questions.
Toby Wiggins
This is probably my favorite collection of kinky queer erotic writing. How can you not love Califia? Hot. Period.
Rita Brinkerhoff
Jan 30, 2008 Rita Brinkerhoff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rita by: On Our Backs magazine!
This book is DIRTY. That's all I have to say. If you like hot lesbians and crazy sex, you should read it!
Jun 15, 2008 Evelyn added it
Mostly it's the story about the daughter being sent to boarding school that I love. So hot!
So fucken hot!!! Maybe the best erotic I've read in a long time.
Another excellent book of S/M stories by my favorite author. Tasty!
Macho Sluts: Erotic Fiction by Pat Califia (1994)
what more is there to say????
Aug 30, 2007 Sheryl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: thrill seekers
Shelves: erotica
see review of No Mercy.
Good, hot porn!
Smoking hot read.
Pat Califia is a perverted literary genius. I don't just mean that she writes about sexy taboos with great skill. She has the will and insight to stare into the face of the our collective psychological abyss and mine it for all its erotic potential. That's no easy feat by any means, but for me what makes Califia a genius is the fact that she is also willing to candidly discuss the political/moral implications of her work and the quest to get off in repressive times. I would like to think that th ...more
Feb 20, 2008 Warren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pervy queer violence chasers
Shelves: smut
Carmen something
Back in the day of Pat, I think Macho Sluts was probably very cutting edge. Canada was banning all sorts of publications and second wave anti-porn feminists weren't on board with chosen power play as it reified heteronorms.

Aside from the middle piece and most lenghty piece in the book, which causes me internal conflict (in oh so many ways, yum/hate/concern/can't stop reading), the rest of the pieces are what we love about Califia--fabulous genderfucking and well, just fucking.

The intro about ce
Well, dang. I wasn't the only one who thought this book was hot. Good. You really should get a copy and read it now.
Jun 28, 2015 Ann added it
This anthology made the summer of 1991 hotter than it already was.
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