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The Sexual State of the Union
Lust brings out the liar in everyone. Every erection has Pinocchio written up and down its length—yes, everybody wants to be REAL, a real boy, an honest woman, unafraid and upright—but then desire, the ultimate honesty, does us in. Desire doesn't give a whit about shame. Our secrets, our exaggerations and distractions, it's all just a lot of twisting in the wind as far as ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 24th 1998 by Touchstone
(first published March 11th 1997)
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This book is more like a collection of Susie Brights thoughts and experiences on topics like feminism, abortion, pornography, and religion. As such, it is a fast and entertaining read. I doubt those who don't share at least some of her views will read it, but it got me thinking about things too. Maybe I don't watch enough porn... I think it will be fun to read some of her fictional erotica next.
Jun 22, 2007 HeavyReader rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Susie Bright
I read this one night while housesitting at Ailecia and Sara/Seren/Matthew's apartment when I couldn't find their porn stash. The writing was good and smart, but didn't quite do what I was hoping it would.
Fascinating to read this so many years after it was originally published. It is still completely relevant, though somewhat outdated. I found myself laughing at the early references to the Internet and cyber scams and Internet dating and porn. As always, I want to applaud for Susie at everything she says. My biggest disappointment lies in the fact that I never read this when it came out. Being exposed to this kind of thinking, sex-positive feminism, would've saved me so much heartbreak and angst ...more
Whether you agree with Susie Bright's feminist politics or not, her reflections on American sexuality are undeniably personal and riveting. Sometimes serious, oftentimes humorous, The Sexual State of the Union is a vibrant read whether your interested in feminism or not.
Susannah "Susie" Bright (also known as Susie Sexpert) is a writer, speaker, teacher, audio-show host, performer, all on the subject of sexuality. She is one of the first writers/activists referred to as a sex-positive feminist.