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Best Sex Writing 2008

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Captures the heart and soul of what’s happening behind the bedroom door, where lust, desire, gender, identity, sex work, and politics collide.

The best sex journalism of the year in one unforgettable book.

Do Jewish girls give better blowjobs? What does it mean to be a modern-day eunuch? Does abstinence-only sex education work? Would you want to work in the pink ghetto or li
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 28th 2007 by Cleis Press
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Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I didn't know this series existed until I got a request for one of the books through interlibrary loan. Whoopie! I immediately requested all three of the books in the series that my library owns. This is the first one available to me.

The writing in this book is NOT erotica, but thought-provoking essays on a variety of topics dealing with sex. My favorites include "Battle of the Sexless" by Ashlea Halpern (about castration for non-medical reasons), "Tough Love" by Kelly Rouba(about the sexual ch
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Look at the cover. That high heel hooked in the back of underpants. I'm so sure. Anyway, I remembered the liking the last one of these I read much better. Many of the topics seemed familiar to me. However, I loved Trixie Fontaine's piece about including her period on her online porn site, and how seriously transgressive that turned out to be.
Rating: 3 1/2

Too many of them were just okay. Maybe the idea or the topic was interesting but it wasn't developed enough or the writer went off on an unnecessary tangent or something. A few of them are clearly dated, but I didn't penalize for that in my rating. I tried to read the one on castration, but no. I skipped the menstruation one.

"The Prince of Porn and the Junk-Food Queen" - Gael Greene
This was a fascinating read. She dated Jamie Gillis.

"Buying Obedience: My Visit to a Pro S
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Jun 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who are bored with reading porn
Okay, there are a few articles in this book that don't strike me as all that interesting or innovative. But for the most part, this series is worth reading. The pieces that particularly stood out for me, both because they taught me things I didn't know and because they were well-written, were on clandestine sex parties in Iran, voluntary castration, HIV awareness campaigns targeting the elderly, and paedophile entrapment. It finishes with a piece by Greta Christina about visiting a professional ...more
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
“Best Sex Writing 2008” by Cleis Press, is compilation of twenty-one provocative personal essays, sex journalism, and sex blogging that all focus on that one “dirty” word: sex.

Best Sex Writing 2008 is a must read for those who want to be intellectually stimulated by provocative essays that explore the edges of sexuality, and as Rachel notes at the end of her introduction: “[like:] good sex should do: leave[s:] you wanting more.” Rachel Kramer Bussel certainly has her finger on the pulse of the w
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Various short essays relating to sex and gender issues ranging from the trapping of paedophiles on the internet to the rise in cases of HIV in the elderly in Florida. All well written and some to make you think.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Certain articles, like Eisenstadt's piece about having (or not having) sex on one's wedding night and Halpern's piece about male eunuchs are really well written and interesting, but overall, the book is rather flat.
Nathan Miller
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting set of essays ranging across the various manifestations of sex. Raised some interesting dialogue on sexuality, safety, consumerism and social stigma. Would definitely read others from the series as covered such a high volume of different content.

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Mar 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Kind of a mixed bag, as it's an anthology, but overall lots of interesting sex-related journalism. Recommended to anyone who reads or writes about sex.
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I'm the editor of the Best Women's Erotica of the Year series, the Best Bondage Erotica of the Year series, and over 60 anthologies including The Big Book of Orgasms and Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica. I've also written a wide range of erotica about everything from French fries to fishnets. I read a wide range of genres, from erotica to romance to mystery to memoir to graphic novels and anything that ...more

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