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Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  411 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture is Carol Queen's long-awaited collected writings on sex. Whether chronicling the joys of being turned over her lover's knee and spanked into erotic bliss, performing in a red-light district peep show, partaking of the pleasures of the new safe-sex clubs, or attending a California Men's Movement gathering to lobby for ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Cleis Press (first published 1997)
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Aug 28, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing
No matter what your sexual proclivities, Carol Queen probably describes something you never thought of. This book pushed my boundaries. It made me reconsider my own assumptions about sex and the ways that I have espoused sex-negative messages from the dominant culture.
This is a book that is self indulgent, at times boring, often thought provoking, at times exciting and always rather self admiring. The main points of interest for me were:

- The celebration of sexual diversity, difference and a rejection of the straitjacket of heterosexual monogamous as the only acceptable way to be. Queen revels in being different from the mainstream and not being what others expect her to be.

- The idea that embracing sex and what gives us sexual pleasure is nothing to be asham
Feb 23, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating read. I have been passing it amongst friends since I finished it. A great reminder that our culture in the US restricts sexual freedom and that there is no such thing as "normal" in the world of sexuality.
Highly recommended. ;-)
Coleen Singer
Oct 12, 2013 Coleen Singer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous release from pioneer sex-positive educator, activist and author, Carol Queen.
I always enjoy her "shooting from the hip" style which imparts a great deal of valuable information in a fast-paced and light-hearted manner.

The publisher description pretty much sums it up, saying "Hop on the express train to sexual enlightenment with sex educator and self-avowed whore Dr. Carol Queen. Whether writing about the joys of being spanked into erotic bliss, performing in a red-light district
Aug 26, 2007 Tobi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexandculture
An array of essays written by Carol Queen. Includes experience in the sex industry, queer theory, and comes up with a name for the sexual compulsion of conservatives who get off by condemning queers.
Feb 29, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made me realize I'm an unpaid sacred whore, and by that I mean the kind of love I exchange with men is a lot like the expansive, ritualized, circumscribed, creative, affectionate, un-shockable, divorced-from-the-rest-of-reality, mothering, but not-the-kind-you-bring-home-to-mama love of a devoted prostitute. Do I wish this were not the case? I don't know. Like a diagnoses, sometimes a name, a description of the shape of reality, is enough. I've always been fascinated with the lives of courtesans ...more
Aug 18, 2009 okyrhoe rated it liked it
This is a challenging read, and I recommend it to anyone who thinks that they -so far- have an open mind.
Carol Queen presents her socio-political views in a personal, frank, and yet thorough manner (there are several pages of bibliographical references). I appreciate her positive view of sexuality, and her efforts to empower women, even if it is through a radical line of reasoning.
For a while I am tempted to go along with her unorthodox views on "sex work." But I fear that Dr. Queen is not taki
Jun 25, 2013 Incognita rated it it was amazing
I met Carol back in May of 1997 at DreamHaven, she autographed this copy for me. It had honestly been a while since I popped it open, and immediately my book fell open to her epitaph of Bob Flanagan, aka the man known as the Super Masochist from the RE: Search books, a man who succumbed to cystic fibrosis and who did a lot of performance art centered around the transformative power of pain.

The kind doctor was seriously dropping science vis-a-vis sex positivity back in the 1990s. It still floors
Oct 28, 2014 Suzyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is best read as a 1990's historical peice, and yeah, she goes a little far with the temple prostitutes thing, but well worth reading for Queen's perspective on where gender and sexuality was five minutes before the internet changed everything.
Read Queen for her candor, or not at all. I seriously debated whether or not I should include this book, because I find certain essays in it incredibly irritating. First off, she positions herself as a super-enlightened, progressive sexual thinker, but has absolutely no problem mocking straight men in downright cruel ways (ways that, if a man said the same about a woman, would earn him the unadulterated wrath of progressives). I don't take kindly to hypocrites, and Queen definitely qualifies, bu ...more
Lydia Rich
Really interesting but it felt like she was just repeating herself. Not exactly what I was looking for in this book.
Jan 12, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book, both theoretical and a memoir. I learned about "erotophobia" and "whorephobia," the existence of the sacred prostitute, and how exhibitionism can inspire someone to be a sex worker. I think it's really cool that Queen has both the practical knowledge of sex & sex work, as well as a doctorate in sexology. The only other person I know of with a comparable experience is Annie Sprinkle.

I would probably have given this book 5 stars if I didn't really dislike the essay on "absexualit
Donald Powell
Sep 23, 2014 Donald Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms queen is well before her time.
Jeanne Kay
Jan 29, 2015 Jeanne Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freakin' Amazing.
Aug 29, 2007 Sheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexualities, autobio
I really loved this book and I don't seem to have my copy anymore!
It's a memoir of sorts of my favorite sex positive crusader, Carol Queen. She talks about her bumpy journey through various sexual identities, mirroring my own so closely sometimes that it makes me jump!
Very entertaining, frank, real writing. Read everything by her you can!
Loreldonaghey Donaghey
Lots of interesting points of view. Our culture is uptight about sexuality. But, she could have been a little less crass and lewd and her point might have been better made. And it made me sad that the only thing she could say about her mother's death was that she wondered what her reaction would have been to her coming out.
Jul 23, 2012 Rooks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not rating this three stars because I didn't like it, or because Carol Queen isn't an enjoyable and amusing author. I did and she is. I just . . . wasn't quite set on fire by it, and it's a bit dated. Absolutely a fun, interesting, and worthwhile read, though.
Mark Farley
Jun 23, 2013 Mark Farley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carol Queen is a resounding expert on sexual freedom and the politics surrounding the still taboo culture in America. This is a smart and clever memoir that will turn your head and change your mind. Great anecdotal arguements and points that will dismiss the righteous.
Nov 24, 2010 Valissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"As I grew, I took lovers the way I devoured books: hungrily, expectantly, looking for information as much as pleasure."

"But the hunger that sexuality creates gnaws more in the brain than between our legs, and I would like to make a meal of that."
Ed Bierman
Marvelously well written and inspiring this series of essays on sex-positive culture is a classic must read on the topic.. I was especially inspired by the chapter on pornography and the new age man and being true to ones desires.
Jun 11, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book offers insight into most aspects of sexuality and its roll in our daily lives as well as culture at large. Some frustrating topics and opinions stated, but worth a look.
Jan 19, 2014 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Should be required reading.
Oct 08, 2007 Dana rated it really liked it
Reminded me of books I used to read for psych/sociology classes in college. Not quite what I expected but I enjoyed her view of the world.
Oct 18, 2009 Nash rated it really liked it
This book is an eye opener for the sexually clueless! (BTW, that may or may not be a HUGE understatement)
Mar 31, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind-bend
Look forward to reading more of Carol Queen's writings in the post-millennial & current time
Richard Roberts
Interesting insight on this woman's sexuality and her opinions about sexual and gender identity.
it was educheional cuzz i know more thing and i know how 2 eat a gril out
Jan 27, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: Zaftig and Trina
My new hero is Wen Jing Feng. I can't wait to read more Carol Queen.
Sep 10, 2008 Dominick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i like it because i know how 2 eat a gril out and make a gril happy
May 25, 2007 Jaina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I need to finish reading this actually...
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Carol Queen is an American author, editor, sociologist and sexologist active in the sex-positive feminism movement. Queen has written on human sexuality in books such as Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture. She has written a sex tutorial, Exhibitionism for the Shy: Show Off, Dress Up and Talk Hot, as well as erotica, such as the novel The Leather Daddy and the Femme. Queen has ...more
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