This was one very hot story about awkward circumstances, assuming a costume, playing a role . . . and then betraying the illusion and ultimately beingThis was one very hot story about awkward circumstances, assuming a costume, playing a role . . . and then betraying the illusion and ultimately being yourself.
It all begins with a budding Broadway star who moonlights as a cross-dressing burlesque dancer. When he falls in love with the birthday boy, an uber-macho yet sexually naïve fireman, things get awkward and amusing, before they finally get arousing.
I loved the turnabout that occurs in bed, with Julian topping the anal virgin with performance issues. Trent is a very likeable guy, with a personality completely at odds with his appearance, much like Julian himself. Fortunately, there are hints all along as to Trent’s closeted homosexuality, so the relative ease with which he accepts that his girlfriend is really a boyfriend isn’t so hard to accept (even with his seeming attempts at macho homophobia).
It also helps that Julian is such a wonderful character, one who never set out to deceive the other man, but who loves the idea of being in love. He’s a man who loves the frills of femininity, but who is quite happy being a man.
Not the most realistic of romances, even with the cautionary touches, but a hot read that I thoroughly enjoyed....more
Ollie is a wonderful young man coming off of a painful breakup who finds himself oddly attracted to a drag queen, but who chooses the safer more tradiOllie is a wonderful young man coming off of a painful breakup who finds himself oddly attracted to a drag queen, but who chooses the safer more traditional relationship with the cute guy from the bike rental shop. It takes a while for him to realize they are the same person and even longer for Drew to realise Ollie is definitely okay with Faith, but that humour is a large part of what makes the story work.
Both young men are fantastic characters and there is definitely some real chemistry between them. Both are young with all the insecurities and uncertainties that brings, but it works for the story. Slightly comic but mostly touching, their discovery of each other’s secrets is handled perfectly.
This is a light hearted story, more cute than sexy, but definitely fun. It’s well-written, sympathetic to both characters, and really plays with the confused expectations when gender doesn’t seem to match sexuality. I wish it had been longer, but that’s really my only complaint. ...more
There are some books you just don’t want to finish . . . books you choose to savour in small doses, saving them for those times when you can completelThere are some books you just don’t want to finish . . . books you choose to savour in small doses, saving them for those times when you can completely devote yourself to the joys of the reading experience. They are the books you refuse to rush, the ones you absolutely cannot fathom squeezing in between lunch breaks, because you refuse to allow other commitments to so arbitrarily frame your enjoyment.
My Mistress' Thighs is so very much one of those books!
Those of you who stop by regularly are well aware of my love for Giselle Renarde. I’ve had the great pleasure of reading a few stories in her latest collection before – and enjoyed reading them just as much the second time around – but it was the discovery of new stories that kept my fingers turning the pages.
Third Rail, Secrets of the Solstice Sacrifice, and Spring Fever are all stories that I’ve read (and reviewed) before, so I won’t dedicate too much time to them here . . . other than to say Secrets of the Solstice Sacrifice is one of my all-time favourite reads. If you’re new to Giselle’s work, and not sure where to start, you can’t go wrong with that one!
The Public Life of Private Paulsen is a wonderfully sweet and romantic tale, in which two old army buddies meet up years after the war. Once just friends, their relationship is on the cusp of transformation, owing to the fact that Private Paulsen has become Pearl Paulsen, the celebrity recipient of one of Europe’s first sex-change surgeries. In some ways it’s a bittersweet story, which touches on the suicidal thoughts that prompted Pearl to originally enlist, but it’s ultimately uplifting. A strong story to lead off the collection, and one that hints at the diversity to follow.
Friends of Dorothy and Leslie Goosemoon Rides Again are a wonderful pair of stories, with the story of an awkward, crossdressing cowboy coming early in the collection, and that of a far more confident (if somewhat defensive) cowgirl coming at the end. Both are great stories, approaching the questions of sex and gender from a slightly different angle, but with the same character at the heart of both.
Dressing for Dinner and Love in the Time of Instant Messenger are both fun little stories, quick reads that definitely excite, but which simply didn’t resonate with me as much as the others. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with them, just that they pale a bit in the face of some rather stiff competition.
A Wolf in Grandmother’s Clothing is, by far, my favourite ‘new’ story in the collection. This one is playful, edgy, and so deliciously kinky. The story of Red Riding Hood has been retold in so many ways, but never quite like this. I’m reluctant to say much about it, because the story hinges on a series of delicious twists that had me squealing with girlish glee, but I promise you’ll never look at the Big Bad Wolf in quite the same way again!
Expanded Definitions is another thoughtfully romantic tale, and one which had even me guessing. It’s probably the deepest story in the collection, and one that really forces you to confront your expectations regarding gender, before confronting your expectations about what sex can (or should) be. It’s a difficult story in places, and one that packs an emotional wallop, but that only provides Giselle with a chance to shine.
Cock for a Day is . . . well, just pure, unadulterated, kinky, fetishistic fun. It’s probably the shortest story in the collection, a quick little fantasy about a woman who wakes up with something extra down there, but one of my favourites. She imagines how it would feel, what she’d do about it, and what she’d do with it – all of which, of course, revolves around her husband, who suddenly finds himself curious in ways most men would never admit. I wish it had been longer, but it’s still a heck of a lot of fun!
Finally, I would be woefully remiss if I didn’t say a few words about the words of poetry that Giselle sprinkles throughout the collection. A long line of English professors will attest to the fact that my poetry appreciation generally begins and ends with whether or not the lines rhyme (lol), but these brief sonnets are lovely reads. They not only serve to pace the collection, to transition us from one story to another, but at beautiful reads on their own.
Whether this is your first encounter with Giselle’s work, or simply your latest, I daresay there’s nowhere better to find yourself than between (the pages of) My Mistress’ Thighs....more
I’m sure it’s no surprise to regular readers of the Bibrary Book Lust blog that I love transgender themed erotica, so this may seem like an obvious chI’m sure it’s no surprise to regular readers of the Bibrary Book Lust blog that I love transgender themed erotica, so this may seem like an obvious choice, but it was actually the concept of the loving, supportive (and exploitative) spouse that caught my attention. For me, that definitely upped the eroticism a notch, and I’m quite delighted to say it was definitely worth a read. Victoria does a lovely job of setting things up, first letting us inside Nathan’s head, and then into his closet. The attention devoted to feminizing Nathan is detailed enough to appease the fetishist, yet not so exhaustive as to infringe on the causal reader’s patience. As for the game of seduction and submission at the bar, it is definitely fun (with just a bit of an edge), and the sexual escapades that follow are both realistic and erotic.
While the subject matter may be something you can otherwise find online, the quality of the writing is a definitely more polished, and the way in which Victoria pays attention to the smallest details really sets these stories apart....more
There is definite a transgender element here, but what attracted me to this story was the transformation of a platonic friendship into an intimate D/SThere is definite a transgender element here, but what attracted me to this story was the transformation of a platonic friendship into an intimate D/S relationship. I loved the gradual way in which this story developed, with Jesse falling into (and out of) a hopeless marriage, and then confessing his deepest fantasies (online) to an old friend. When Mistress Natalia begins to indulge him from afar, safely and physically distanced from his fantasies, he is left uncertain of both his role and her motivations. Watching him submit, virtually and in isolation, is somehow more powerful than having him physically beneath her heel. When that heel does come down, it’s accompanied by that of the far more demanding Ms. Ginger, who assists in pushing both Jesse and the reader over the edge.
While the subject matter may be something you can otherwise find online, the quality of the writing is a definitely more polished, and the way in which Victoria pays attention to the smallest details really sets these stories apart. ...more
Better Off Red, the first volume in the new Vampire Sorority Sisters series, starts simply, almost predictably, with a pair of roommates pledging theBetter Off Red, the first volume in the new Vampire Sorority Sisters series, starts simply, almost predictably, with a pair of roommates pledging the hottest sororities.
Except, of course, Ginger really has no interest in pledging, and is only doing so to appease her roommate . . . and keep her ignorant of Ginger’s sexuality. Except, of course, the sorority that so draws their attention seems to have a few secrets . . . such as how an empty table has managed to have so many people sign the pledge sheet? Except, of course, Ginger can’t even get through the simple act of signing a pledge sheet without a call from her mom . . . and a ‘helpful’ chat with her brother.
The initiation into the sorority is so very well done, introducing just a little eroticism, and then keeping us on edge, playing out the suspense while building more than a little fear, that I found myself breathlessly turning pages. Standing before the queen the pledges have no choice but to confess their innermost desires for other women . . . and she is only too delighted to help see them realised. That, right there, is what converted me from a hopeful reader to an expectant one. I loved the fact that Rebekah managed to establish so much of Ginger’s character so early, and to weave so many other layers into the tale. I wasn’t expecting to have so much of the sorority (and its queen) exposed so early on, but I loved the mythology she created.
I was equally surprised to find the story developing into a passionate romance. Ginger’s relationship with Camila was not at all what I expected, but precisely what I had (in retrospect) hoped for. I fell in love with Ginger early on, and so wanted to see her thrive. She’s a high-strung, smart-ass, vulnerable young woman who portrays a façade of perfect confidence. She literally leaps off the page, taking on a personality that seems to stretch beyond the story itself. A large part of my anxiety when reading was fear for her, fear that she’d be destroyed by her vampire seductress, but Rebekah betrays the genre clichés again, and takes the story in a far more interesting direction.
Almost the very definition of a paranormal romance, this is a book that exceeded my expectations, and fulfilled my hopes. It’s well-written, incredibly sexy, and as full of emotional satisfaction as it is physical. I wouldn't dream of spoiling the ending, but I will say this - it literally had me throwing my hands in the air, squealing with girlish glee, at the wonder of it all.
I will definitely be keeping an eye out for whatever she has to offer next, and anxiously awaiting the next chapter of the Vampire Sorority Sisters...more
Story of L is, as you might expect, a lesbian retelling of The Story of O. It’s the erotic tale of Liv, a woman who is surprised to discover ultimateStory of L is, as you might expect, a lesbian retelling of The Story of O. It’s the erotic tale of Liv, a woman who is surprised to discover ultimate satisfaction through an act of submission, and Cassandra, the woman who obtains her own satisfaction through the submission of others . . . but who does not easily offer up the pleasure of her dominance.
Before you get the wrong idea, however, this is not a sex-for-the-sake-of-sex slice of erotica. This is a story with some real depth to it, one that forces us to explore our own ideas of dominance and submission, even as Liv learns about hers. It’s a story of dark romance and wish-fulfillment, but definitely with a be-careful-what-you-wish-for theme.
Liv is a switch, a woman who prides herself on being both dominant and submissive. It’s a tough role to play, both wielding the power and giving it up, and you get the sense early on that there’s a choice to be made. It’s the appearance of Cassandra, who pushes her to the edge (and beyond), that forces Liv to begin questioning her role, and to seek out a return to the deeper, perfect submission she experienced at Cassandra’s feet.
Cassandra is a dominant, but an unrepentantly romantic one. She is looking for that perfect submissive, that one loyal slave whom she can love, and be loved by. She’s not content with a plaything who slips in and out of a collar, a woman who comes by to be whipped when it’s convenient. No, Cassandra seeks nothing less than complete ownership over Liz’s life.
Before ever allowing Liz to return to her place at her feet, Cassandra tests her newfound love, pushing her to explore precisely what it means to be submissive, and forcing her to make a series of sacrifices, so that the two can better understand one another. Liv’s best friend, Quinn, serves as something of a focal point for the reader, keeping us at arm’s length from the power exchange, while cautioning Liv to be careful of just how deeply she should commit herself to Cassandra’s demands.
This is a story about the intersection between fantasy and reality, and the ways in which one can accommodate the other. It’s both a story of the honest demands of a true BDSM lifestyle, and the honest commitments of a lesbian relationship. You get the sense that Debra has truly done her homework, and that she has a true passion for the characters and the lifestyle. Physically and emotionally satisfying, this is definitely a story worth exploring....more
There’s a single line in Katrina’s Kiss that sums up the story perfectly:
“No strange goodbyes. No number exchanges. This was fucking. Not sex, not lovThere’s a single line in Katrina’s Kiss that sums up the story perfectly:
“No strange goodbyes. No number exchanges. This was fucking. Not sex, not love making, but fucking.”
That, my fellow readers, is precisely what Katrina craves . . . and precisely what Betty has created. This is the literary equivalent of a stag film, a sizzling story that is concerned with only two things – sex, and the pursuit of sex. There’s no plot (beyond the pick-up), no character development (beyond the establishment of Katrina’s wanton needs), and no wasted dialogue (beyond the standard bedroom exultations).
And yet, for all that, it’s a story that succeeds so well!
The story is well-written, with just the right mix of spicy language to create the proper tone. It’s erotic and explicit, designed to titillate and arouse, but never vulgar or obscene. The sex scenes are creative, but not so much that they require any mental gymnastics in order to decipher the positions, and the orgasmic delights resonate as authentic.
If you want to get deep, and perhaps put something of yourself into the story, you can read this as a feminist piece of erotica, designed to empower women, and justify their lust. It actually works quite well with that assumption, but it’s hardly necessary to the vicarious enjoyment of Katrina’s sexual excesses. On the other hand, you can just as easily read this as the story of a woman with a problem . . . a dangerous sexual addiction . . . but, really, that’s just part of the fantasy....more
The Perfect Seasoning is an interesting tale, in that it’s definitely a genderqueer love story, but gender is not necessarily the focus. Instead, thisThe Perfect Seasoning is an interesting tale, in that it’s definitely a genderqueer love story, but gender is not necessarily the focus. Instead, this is really the story of a woman rejected by her family, isolated by her job, and desperate for love. Anne has a tendency to jump into relationships, opening herself far too much, and far too soon, which (more often than not) results in her being hurt. When a beautiful woman begins hitting on her, the situation is so unique that she allows herself to believe Natalie really is just looking to drum up some business for her hair salon.
Just as there’s more to her come-on than is readily apparent, we soon discover there is more to Natalie than meets the eye. A proud, content, happily genderqueer individual, she was born James but prefers to express her femininity, even if she has no plans to ever “go all the way” and become a transsexual. That sense of being different, of being comfortable in a different expression of gender, without having to commit to either male or female, is as refreshing as it is intriguing . . . and erotic.
What follows from that initial meeting is a relationship in reverse. After a late appointment at Natalie’s salon, they head out for a few drinks. It’s an awkward evening, which only Natalie knows is intended as a first date, and there is some definite tension as they reveal their respective secrets. It’s that tension that sold me on the story, approaching the relationship in a realistic fashion, as opposed to simply having Anne ‘discover’ that she’s oddly bisexual, and completely open to an expression of gender she’s never before encountered.
The night ends in Anne’s bedroom, with the two lovers engaging in a night of frantic, desperate passion that leaves them with more questions than answers. Despite the still-unresolved tensions between them, both are interested in making a relationship work, so they step back from the bedroom to begin dating instead. Again, I loved the fact that sex didn’t magically solve all their problems or answer all their questions. Watching their relationship (and their mutual understanding) develop brings a sense of warmth and emotion to the story that elevates it from the realm of erotica to erotic romance.
By the time Natalie invites Anne home for the holidays to meet her family, we can see the relationship has progressed quite naturally back to where it began, with sex the next step, instead of the first. While it initially seems that meeting the family might actually be their undoing, it brings the two lovers closer together, ending the tale on a note that suggests (even if it doesn’t promise) a happily-ever-after.
A delightfully authentic, well-written story, I quite enjoyed this one. It was so refreshing to read a genderqueer story that didn’t fall over itself trying to be politically correct but, instead, approached things honestly and openly....more
Wow, what a month this has been for short story collections – first I had my chance to get my hands on Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica (aWow, what a month this has been for short story collections – first I had my chance to get my hands on Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica (a 5 star read of transgender erotica), and now I’ve got Red Velvet and Absinthe (a 5 star read of gothic erotica). The fact that they're both courtesy of Cleis Press can't be a coincidence!
If I had to pick one word to define this collection, it would definitely be atmosphere. You can feel the condensation upon the cold, stone walls; you can smell the sulphur scent of recently snuffed candles in the air; and you can taste the coppery tang of blood upon the tip of your tongue. These are not just stories with a gothic touch, these are stories written in the true gothic tradition.
It’s hard to choose from a collection like this, but my favourites included:
Snowlight Moonlight by Rose de Fer – this read like an old-school, 19th century gothic tale . . . just a lot sexier (and with a lovely touch of bondage)!
Cover Him with Darkness by Janine Ashbless – a wonderful story of family pacts, inherited responsibilities, and the erotic allure of a fallen angel who wants only be to be loved . . . and set free
The Blood Moon by Mitzi Szereto – one of my top 3 favourites in the collection, the kind of story that begs for more.
Dolly by Charlotte Stein – creepy and sexy at the same time, I thought I knew where it was going, and then she wowed me with a twist that is just perfect
La Belle Mort by Zander Vyne – a passionate and (at times) exhausting tale of witchcraft erotica, and one that made me squeal with delight at the twist ending
Milady's Bath by Giselle Renarde – what can I said, the lovely Ms Renarde can do no wrong by me . . . and her story of a wronged woman taking comfort in the arms of her her maidservant made me sigh with pleasure. Another of my top three.
The Queen by Tahira Iqbal – perhaps the most intensely sexual of all the reads (for me, at least) and the proud piece of pleasure to round out my top 3.
I started out by saying that, if I had to pick one word to define this collection, it would be atmosphere. That’s true, but if I could pick a second, it would be consistency. This is a wonderfully written collection of stories, every one of which captures the spirit of the gothic, and every one of which captures your imagination. There were a few stories where the subject matter didn’t quite enthral me, but the writing still kept me reading.
Perhaps most appreciatively, this is a collection of gothic stories that are also erotic – not just an erotica collection with gothic elements tossed in. Altogether lovely, haunting, and deliciously decadent, you’ll be snuffing out the candles long before you’re done, if only to hide your own gothic touch under the cover of darkness!...more
This is going to be a short review, simply because I don’t want to spoil the plot (which, when you get right down to it, hinges on a single, interestiThis is going to be a short review, simply because I don’t want to spoil the plot (which, when you get right down to it, hinges on a single, interesting, controversial twist to the Christian faith). If you’re deeply religious, and don’t like to have your theology questioned, this is so very definitely not the book for you. Please turn around, walk away, and forget you ever heard of it. Trust me.
If you’re a little bit homophobic, and can’t appreciate the beauty of two men in love; if you’re at all uneasy at the thought of mixing a little horror with your eroticism; if you’re squeamish as the thought of mixing and consuming bodily fluids; once again, this is not the book for you. Put it back on the shelf and resist the temptation to peek inside.
If, however, you enjoy an intelligent story with a slow-burning romance; if you feel all warm and gooey at the thought of two men sharing their emotions; if you enjoy some creativity in your sexual encounters; this may just be the book you’ve been looking for. Grab yourself a copy, settle in somewhere comfortable, draw the blinds, close the door, and get reading.
Personally, I picked this one up specifically for the heretical twist, but was quite delighted to find it a strong enough read to keep me interested once the shock value wore off. There were a few unanswered questions at the end, and I’ll admit I got a little exasperated with all of the crying, but I also liked the fact that this was a story that was about more than just sex....more
Wow, a BDSM novel with both a head and a heart, this grabbed me early on and refused to let go. I loved the development of the different relationshipsWow, a BDSM novel with both a head and a heart, this grabbed me early on and refused to let go. I loved the development of the different relationships, and the discussion of love merged with a desire for submission. The contrast between the experienced but uneasy Adele and the far more confident newbie, Laura, provided a great perspective....more
The Egyptian Slave is such a sexy read - my only complaint is that I wanted more! Mem and Toomela are not only great characters, but a great couple asThe Egyptian Slave is such a sexy read - my only complaint is that I wanted more! Mem and Toomela are not only great characters, but a great couple as well, and their erotic dance of secrets and seduction is quite lovely to behold.
Mem is an Egyptian noble who is accustomed to a life of leisure and luxury. He is rude, callous, and even a little bit cruel . . . the very epitome of noble arrogance. He’s also handsome, virile, and utterly bored with the endless parade of women who have ceased to arouse him. He has never thought of himself as gay, but there’s something about his slave-girl’s boyish charm that inflames his passion, promising a swift and surprising return to his virile ways. What begins as an act of sexual conquest soon becomes one of romantic seduction, with the two engaging in a game of sexual one-upmanship.
As for that slave-girl, Toomela is beautiful and obedient, but entirely too haughty to be a proper slave. Neither a proper slave nor the girl he appears to be, Toomela voluntarily gave up his life as a merchant for the chance to be owned by Mem. His haughtiness serves as a mask for his insecurity, but it also helps to accentuate his sexual submissiveness. Fortunately, Mem’s passions are inflamed, rather than extinguished by his secrets, and together they guarantee that the young noble will never have to worry about his virility again.
In addition to being a very erotic tale, the story also has its romantic moments. There’s a definite implication that Mem has found his true love, which is the one thing power and prestige cannot buy. As for Toomela, he may not have been born a girl, but he takes to the suggested role of pampered princess as well as any slave could dream.
DISCLAIMER: This book was received from the publisher for the purpose of a review on Queer Magazine online....more
If you’re a regular reader/visitor, you’ll know I don’t normally interject a lot of hyperbole into my reviews. Generally, I try to keep them well-grouIf you’re a regular reader/visitor, you’ll know I don’t normally interject a lot of hyperbole into my reviews. Generally, I try to keep them well-grounded and professional, with just enough personality to add a little colour and (hopefully) make them a more interesting read. With that in mind, I beg your indulgence for just a moment, as I try to sum up Tristan Taormino’s Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica in a few words:
I could go on – after all, there are 22 letters I haven’t alliterated yet – but you get the point. On a list of my top 10 reads for the year, Tristan is looking down upon her peers from a very high perch indeed!
As she states in her introduction, this is a collection of “erotica by, for and about transfolk, FTMs, MTFs, genderqueers, gender outlaws, as well as two-spirit, intersex, and gender-variant people.” Almost immediately, you notice these are stories where gender (in all its forms) is almost taken for granted, without the ‘surprise confession’ or ‘shocking reveal’ common to mainstream erotica/porn, and without the arbitrary focus on simply passing or being acknowledged. This is a collection where trans lovers can feel intimately and comfortably at home amidst stories of being treasured, loved, desired, and adored.
Considering the wide variety of authors, genders, and subjects explored, I’m pleased to say there’s not a single story here that didn’t, on some level, resonate with me. Indeed, they are all wonderful, but there were certainly some stand-outs that I must call attention to:
"The Therapist and the Whore" by Giselle Renarde - Giselle at her romantic and thought-provoking best, turning the tables on our expectations with a kind, lovable, transsexual whore who serves as a remarkably effective bedroom therapist.
"Shoes Are Meant to Get You Somewhere" by Dean Scarborough - Plays to the clothes fetishist in me, complete with ballet slippers, stockings and garters, and a tightly laced corset, but it's also a remarkable literary dance of gender exploration.
"Taking the Toll" by Kiki DeLovely - Deliciously naughty and provocative, a tale of a young woman who is aroused by Sunday morning church bells, and her genderqueer lover who is only too happy to put her in a schoolgirl uniform and hear her confession.
"Dixie Belle" by Kate Bornstein - A gloriously genderqueer sequel to Huckleberry Finn, with young Huck settling quite contentedly into a new career as Miss Sarah Grangerford, high-class N'awlins whore. It's been years since I last read Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn, but Kate recaptures the magic perfectly.
"The Visible Woman" by Rachel K. Zall - This is a story that begins with an in-your-face fantasy of public confrontation, settles into a lovely domestic scene of transsexual bliss, and ends with the lovers playing to the voyeuristic public outside their apartment window.
"Canadian Slim" by Shawna Virago - Still erotic without being overtly sexual, this is the heart-warming story of a transsexual who has tired of being the fetish/freak secret partner, and who has found love with a fellow transsexual who fits her perfectly.
"Self-Reflection" by Tobi Hill-Meyer - Trippy and bizarre, this is one I'm cautious of saying too much about, but it doesn't get much sexier or self-aware than a post-op transsexual visiting her pre-op transsexual self for a little show-and-sell.
"Face Pack" by Penelope Mansfield - This is a bold, blatantly sexual story that challenges the pornographic mainstream, claiming the bukkake experience as a visual validation of the narrator's new-found femininity. It takes an act most would seem as vulgar or degrading, and transforms it into something cleansing and rewarding.
Not only are the stories contained here erotic, imaginative, and exciting, but they are also beautifully written. As Tristan asks in her introduction, “our language is severely limited when it comes to describing the bodies of transpeople,” and there is a significant challenge in writing stories that are both erotic and respectful. Fortunately, the authors here have the words to do so, and the talent to use those words well.
I’d like to leave you with a brief passage from Rachel K. Zall’s "The Visible Woman" that sums it up better than I ever could:
A stranger looking at us now would call us “MTFs” instead of women, would name us by our genitalia—“pre-op,” “nonop”—would call us trans before they called us anything else, if they did call us anything else. A stranger would call our bodies gender ambiguous: her cock about to enter me, my clit poking out of her fist, her tiny breasts on her large rib cage and the shadow across my cheeks and chin. A stranger would say that, and that stranger would be wrong: our bodies aren’t ambiguous at all, only the meanings people misapply to them. She’s a woman and her beautiful body is a woman’s body; I am a woman and seeing how beautiful her body is makes me think my body might be beautiful too.
Take Me There indeed . . . I just hope, somewhere down the line, Tristan chooses to take us there again....more