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

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  66 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 E
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Plume
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Alisa H. (worldswithinpages)
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely HILARIOUS! Loved so many of the stories in this book!
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
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Very funny, but there is a distinct lack of intersectional content.
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 social media news feeds is doom and gloom, necessary #metoo moveme ...more
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."
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exactly the humor I was hoping for! 😂🙌🏻💜
Yolanda Cooper
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best bedtime reading...!
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 cu
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
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.
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!
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
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 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.
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
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilariously fantastic. What a treat.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very, VERY quick read capturing what women really want: respect, equal pay, consent, and firefighters who look like Idris Elba. Some of these vignettes work better than others (I personally found the parenting stories conventional and boring), but overall I found it entertaining.
Stacey M Zapalac
I read this book cover to cover while hunkered down at my daughter's swim meet. I must have been quite audible when I was reading it as I had the people around me asking, "what is so funny?", or "what are you reading?" I shared excerpts from my new book with them and we found ourselves simultaneously laughing, sighing, and frustrated that these erotic feminist fantasies are not a reality (YET).

I found myself marking the pages of my favorites. When I finished, almost the entire book was dogeared
James Anderson
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. It was everything I had hoped it would be plus just a little bit more. I really loved how they masterfully executed the concept and then used the last section to talk about actual things you can do to fight the patriarchy and work for (womens/trans/Black Lives/anyone else who is disenfranchised or marginalized) rights! Very happy to put this on my "Will Happily Reread" shelf!
Lisa Hollenbach
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Smart, Sharp, and Smutty Satirical Take on Life as a Woman

After reading the original McSweeney’s article, I knew this book would be a gem! I’m in awe of the witty and clever twist on the genre to make a statement about being a woman today. Why does something so simple have to be so difficult to understand? I laughed out loud- and plan to start back at the beginning immediately!
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an expansion on a hugely successful piece published last year by McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and it's funnier for being larger. Caitlin, Brooke, Fiona and Carrie (editors of the hit comedy website The Belladonnas) get book-length mileage out of their concept with very few misses and some hugely funny turns throughout. This will make a fantastic holiday present.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yay! So funny and sharp. Truly an arousing book of fantasies I hope might all come true some day. This is definitely a book I'll return to on those tough days when I want to laugh and feel I'm not alone. Thanks for making feminism funny in a good way!!!
Liz Galvao
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm admittedly biased, since I am acquainted with the authors, having written for their great satire site The Belladonna, but I also just loved this book! It would make a great gift for the feminist in your life. It's made up of small vignettes, so it's also a great coffee table book, since you can pick it up and flip around to any page. Well done, ladies!
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, fiction, humor
"New Erotica for Feminists" is a hilarious collection of stories and vignettes. It's a really quick read but it's very funny. It's broken into several different topical sections. My favorites were the literary and parenting sections. I know this is a book that I will go back to and plan on getting for a few of my friends as a stocking stuffer this year. It's a lot of fun!
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this. The book is strikes a great balance that is both funny and relevant. The art is perfect and the vignettes had me laughing out loud. Doesn't take itself too seriously but still has an important underlying message. I definitely recommend.
Hannah Goldstein
This book merges all of my favorite things: feminism! Pop culture references! Innuendos! Laughter! La Croix! Erotica you can read in public! Cool art!
Natalie Sayth
A delightful balance of light-hearted humor and reverberating exigence. An easy read and fun quotable book to keep on my desk to make people think I'm quirky and woke (which I am). A great low-risk gift for the feminist pal in your life!
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Caitlin Kunkel is a comedy writer and satirist. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Live Wire, and other places on the vast internetz.

She is the co-founder and editor of the comedy and satire site for female writers, The Belladonna. She created the online satire writing program for The Second City and teaches classes for them and workshops around the count