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The S&M Feminist: Best of Clarisse Thorn

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Clarisse Thorn is a sex-positive activist who has been writing about love, S&M, sex, gender, and relationships since 2008. Her writing has appeared across the Internet in places like The Guardian, AlterNet, Feministe, Jezebel, The Good Men Project, and Time Out Chicago - and this is a selection of her best articles. Also included is Clarisse's commentary on the context ...more
Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published May 27th 2012 (first published April 11th 2012)
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Oct 17, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like books, I like blogs, normally I do not like blog books. They don't "feel" right. There is a certain scattered quality that tends to annoy me. This is one of the few blog books that didn't bother me -still has the scattered quality, maybe it is the subject matter that helped me overlook the feel.

I've read a few books candid and open about sex, Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort comes to mind. They've covered the basics; her body, his body, reproduction, birth control, STDs, beyond missionary. Nic
Apr 18, 2013 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of blogs is a fantastic read for anyone even remotely interested in "alternative" lifestyles. Full of insight and thought-provoking information, these entries detail the author's experiences with and ruminations on her chosen path. There are no feminist rants to scare readers or grand pronouncements of the "accept it or perish" variety. The focus is more on reasons behind choosing to live a certain way, how it can affect them (and society at large) and how to accept yourself for ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Juliet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kink
I thought this was a great book. It's written in a way that's accessible to those who know nothing about BDSM without being boring to kinky folks. I loved Thorn's emphasis on consent and communication. I loved her clear and unapologetic views on sexuality and women's empowerment. I agreed with it so much that I bought a copy for one of my best friends, who tries to be kink friendly but admits that she is worried about me every time she sees a bruise on my body, who can't understand any motivatio ...more
Rebekka Steg
The S&M Feminist: Best Of Clarisse Thornis an excellent introduction into pro-sex feminism, as well as S&M, polyamory, gender issues and relationships from a feminist point of view. If you're a regular reader of her wonderful blogyou will probably recognize a lot of the articles, but this book ties them all together in a new way.

I think this book is incredibly important and relevant for everyone, whether you identify as feminist or not, whether you are interested in BDSM/S&M or not,
Jun 26, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Girls With Slingshots thread
Shelves: digital
This is a best-of-this-person's-blog book, so the content is pretty much available for free online - but then it's not organized in a cohesive order and so on. I can't really identify with the author very well (for a number of reasons), but I will say it's an interesting read and I like how she organized things in the book.

I think (I hope?) I gained some understanding from having read it. The part about her time in Africa was especially eye-opening, but I generally didn't know much of anything
Collection of blog posts by Clarisse Thorn, emphasizing on feminism and BDSM, mostly from a female-sub / female-switch perspective. Insightful.
Aug 11, 2012 Christian rated it it was amazing
This book is actually not so much about S&M. It's about coming to terms with your sexuality, societal pressures, communicating with your partner and some feminism. I really like it.

Now I'll to go follow all those interesting links...
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Clarisse Thorn is a feminist S&M writer who has delivered sex workshops all over the USA. She wrote a book about pickup artists called CONFESSIONS OF A PICKUP ARTIST CHASER, plus a collection of her best pieces called THE S&M FEMINIST. In 2009, Clarisse created and curated the original Sex+++ sex-positive documentary film series at Chicago’s historic feminist site, Jane Addams Hull-House M ...more
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