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Whip Smart by Melissa Febos
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Feb 17, 2012

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bookshelves: memoirs-and-bios, nonfiction
Read from December 28, 2011 to January 17, 2012

Explicit memoir of an intelligent woman's career as a professional dominatrix. Febos' writing is deadly honest. She over-glamourizes nothing. More about the personal journey through this experiential minefield than the actual sex - but the sex is a curious sidestory. I didn't really like her very much until halfway thorugh(because she didn't like herself very much either). I wanted to smack her down from her strange egotistical pedestal a lot, but was glad to go uphill with her at the turning point when she chose to start confronting her darkness and working it out. It's about the author finding her path to personal integrity and loving herself, and she clearly owns the fact that working in the sex industry contributed to who she became.

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