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New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,740 ratings  ·  345 reviews
He calls me into his office and closes the door . . . to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy.
Imagine a world where erotica was written by feminists: Their daydreams include equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and Tom Hardy arriving at their doorstep to deliver a fresh case of LaCroix every week.
Both light-hearted and empowering, New
Kindle Edition, 155 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Plume
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S. Smiadak Yes, there is some LGBT+ representation in a few of the vignettes.
S. Smiadak It is a series of vignettes meant to be satirically arousing so from what I can remember, it doesn't really talk about abortion. There is one vignette…moreIt is a series of vignettes meant to be satirically arousing so from what I can remember, it doesn't really talk about abortion. There is one vignette that talks about getting the morning after pill though.(less)

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This was filled with many many giggles of truth.

Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Very funny, but there is a distinct lack of intersectional content.
Jan 01, 2019 added it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Quick, funny feminist satire. I read pieces out loud to my husband (who agrees deeply on the Jeff Goldblum fantasy).
Chloe Metzger
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, things are about to get steamy in here!  New Erotica for Feminists takes our wildest fantasies from equal pay to a reimagining of some of our favourite films in a feminist way and makes them a reality. An excellent mix of humour and satire this is going to get you talking, one way or another. 

Ok, ok, this isn't exactly the next 50 Shades, but it should be a bestseller. This is a collection that takes the worn out tropes of erotica and porn and turns them on their heads. Born from a convers
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This was cute and would make a great funny gift. Got through it in about an hour. Overall, I loved its sense of humor and particularly the way it bent historical and literary events to be more feminist. However, I found it to be pretty white feministy and bland. While the authors indicate they left the language open so that anyone could fill themselves in regardless of gender identity or racial background, I found the content pretty prototypical for white feminist circles.
Alisa (worldswithinpages)
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely HILARIOUS! Loved so many of the stories in this book!
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A perfectly timely collection of hilarious anecdotes that hit that niggle you've got buried inside you, whether it's strangers commenting on your parenting, men undermining your button pushing ability in a lift, or how you wish cat callers would focus on the book tucked under your arm instead. A very short read - it only took me an hour or two at most to read - but so very uplifting in a time where everything on the news and your s
Michael Schmidt
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is not just for women - which is what I thought at first! It's seriously thought-provoking while being very, very funny, which isn't a mix I read a lot of. I loved the Historical and Literary sections, especially Adam and Eve's REAL Bible story and a missing "My Day" column by Eleanor Roosevelt that made me laugh out loud. I love the cover too - very arresting play on a neon sign! I'm buying this for gifts for male and female friends alike this year, anyone who I think would "get it."
Elly Lonon
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading just a few pages, I was surprised to find myself breathing harder, my heart beating faster. A few pages later I was kicking at the covers, fidgeting. As I moved to the second section my right hand started moving down my body, lower and lower, until my frantic fingers furtively probed the recesses of my pocket and withdrew my phone to call my representatives and demand they support Planned Parenthood and women's reproductive rights.

Dammit. I've been putting off reading this because
Something was missing in my life, it was this book! Hilarious and makes me realize that I wasn´t alone in noticing a lot of those moments of mansplaining and patronizing in your regular day-to-day life. I love it and need more.
Yolanda Cooper
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best bedtime reading...!
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exactly the humor I was hoping for! 😂🙌🏻💜
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This books was great. A super short, zippy read that was equal parts hilarious and heart-breaking. Why heart-breaking? Because WHY THE HELL DON’T WE HAVE ANY OF THIS IN 2018???

It’ll take you an hour, maybe two, to read NEW EROTICA FOR FEMINISTS, and it’ll make you laugh. For sure. But once you get a little bit of distance from it, once you can step away from the book for a moment and really let it all seep in, you’ll go, WHAT THE HELL. Because what these ladies are talking about, what they’re po
Jessica Reads & Rambles
Despite being the ardent feminist I am, I was doubtful that I would gel with the satire in this little book, but it was actually pretty fun. Have to say the formatting of the ebook was a little frustrating; it was hard to know when each of the little vignettes were ending and when the next began.

Nonetheless, most tongue in cheek scenarios were very amusing, if not a little cringe worthy on occasion. The literature and pop culture sections were my personal favourite, and I particularly enjoyed th
This was an entertaining read. At the time I picked it up from the library, I didn't realize it originated from McSweeney's essays, but that makes sense because I love that site.

This is a well-written compilation of satire around feminist erotica...essentially, most of the essays follow the structure of some cheesy/stereotypical porn-like opening paragraph, with dialogue filled with double entendres, but then you find out that they're not talking about sex but some timely feminist issue. It's c
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very kindly given an e-arc of this book through Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton.

A hilarious look at the erotica genre and how it can be transformed to be more feminist friendly, and overall female-friendly. I for one cannot wait to see the fantastical retelling of Adam and Eve not trusting a 'fucking talking snake' and doing experiments on the apples in the garden of Eden. This book encapsulates erotica from all angles- the classic porn plumber/pizza man/firefighter/professor, pop cultur
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
A book that dares to ask the question, "what if half of the people fucking over minorities and the poor were women?"
There's a distinct formula to every story in here: start off with something sexual, then SURPRISE IT'S NOT SEXUAL.
In this imagined hellscape, there is no sex, no one has sex, and nothing is ever sexy because the writers aren't creative enough to imagine something both sexy and feminist. It's just trope after trope of subverting the narrative no one is pretending to expect after p
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction-read
I mean, this was pretty funny, but mostly it just made me sad that this is our life, amiright?
Paula  Phillips
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a friend on Instagram who is a very strong feminist, and lately, I found myself reading more feminist books and doing what I do when I see a new topic - researching it and learning more about it. She had posted a snippet of this book on her Instagram page, and after reading it, I knew I had to read it. I then put in a request for our library to buy it, which they did. I placed a hold on it and was the first in our libraries to read it. I had had a terrible day at work that afternoon as wa ...more
Adam M
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This was hilariously funny and sadly all too necessary. I love the humor writing McSweeney's compiles and because of them, this book was on my radar. I bought this for our library after the first 5 pages. It's smart, funny, and shorter than I was ready for because of how much I enjoyed it.

Possibly my favorite part: There is a call to action in the end! The authors took the time to help us think about what we do next if we ground our teeth at the truths they skewered just pages before. A quick r
Traci at The Stacks
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book isn’t quiet brace enough to really be satire that works. It’s fine and smart but likes the bite that calls out society. It’s comfortable in white woman feminism without truly calling out white capitalism and patriarchy.
D. Arthur
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I laughed! I cried! And afterward I phone banked for a better more feminist tomorrow!
Brianna Z.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do it in your bed. With friends. In the bathtub. On a work break. While waiting for your pizza rolls to cool. Wherever you are, read this book.
Robin Morgan
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary an oxymoron is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words; the best examples of which are things like civil war, student teacher and jumbo shrimps.

And now in this book, “New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay;” containing eight short stories, written by four marvelous authors: Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie Wittmer, which are not only satirical but also extremely oxymoronic in nature.

Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Erotic Fantasy Turned on it’s Head for Feminists

Fantasies can be fun. This book has some remarkably funny short erotic stories, but it also gives you food for thought. How many of us have seethed because the guy standing with us pushes the elevator button after we do –just to make sure we really did it? Not erotica, but a great take on reality.

This book is diverse in it’s content covering the workplace, parenting, pop culture, and a bow to classical literature with Romeo and Juliet, among other
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i read this last night before going to bed and i only meant to read a few chapters/vignettes but i ended up reading literally the entire thing in one night! i basically laughed the entire time and it was so good and clever and inspiring i can't wait to recommend to everyone i know ever.

edit: as a bi/latina woman, i appreciated that the book was v open and easy to insert myself in with lack of racial characteristics/use of both she/he/they pronouns throughout the book referring to romantic/sexual
Amber Sweat
I bought this book right before boarding my flight, but then my flight got delayed for 40 minutes (I am STILL waiting, as I type this) and I finished it in that allotted time. A SUPER quick read, and I seriously laughed out loud. I’m always wary about books like this, because I worry that they’ll trivialize feminism in the name of comedy, but this book strikes a fantastic balance between the erotic and satire.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The best of these might cause you to crack a smile or chuckle at the #relatable content. The worst are obvious, repetitive, and just not that funny. The authors come at certain actual political topics, and certain pop culture elements, from angles that are just...odd.

Also, as with those mildly amusing (then increasingly annoying) "Porn for Women" books of yore, I feel the need to point out that the idea erotica for this feminist would have, you know, some actual fucking in it.
I appreciate the satire, showing in a humorous way the unrealistic expectations women face daily. I would have liked more length from many of the passages--they were just too dang short!

That said, I liked the bredth of the situations covered. My favorite passage inluded a shout-out to Aparna Nancherla, my favorite comedian.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a quick read, and made me laugh out loud the entire time! I loved how it was broken up into sections for parents, pop culture, historical, literary etc. I laughed but also GAAAAAAAHHHHH why aren’t some/all of these scenarios real in 2018??? #EqualPayForStarters
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Caitlin Kunkel is a writer and satirist. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Live Wire Radio, and other places on the vast internetz.

She is the co-founder and editor of the comedy and satire site for women writers by all definitions, The Belladonna. She created the online satire writing program for The Second City co-founded the Satire

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