Batts adoringly and erotically lenses his wife, subject, and collaborator, adult performer April Flores throughout this visual exploration of the "thick" side of sexy. Boldy iconoclastic in its contemporary celebration of a naturally voluptuous figure, this collection of images works to dismantle the “(only) thin is pretty” paradigm.
A body in transition catalyzes a pen into motion; Juliana Huxtable’s journey toward confirming her own gender (chemically and conceptually) realizes this collection of essay-style prose and digital-era poetry. Rich in the Tumblr generation's linguistic codings, it chronicles the boundlessly heroic work of self-definition.
Revealing the performance art's glamorous gemini sensibility, Von Teese builds equally compelling cases for both the naughty and nice sides of burlesque. You'll grow to enjoy both the sweet taste of the tradition's sugar and the sting of its vixen-sprinkled spice.
While for some, feminist porn sounds like an oxymoron, for others it reclaims the notion of erotic media, freeing it from its misogynist conventions and centering the pleasure of female subjects no longer bottled and battered within the confines of objectification. This survey considers their many stakes in this complex dialogue.
Not content to swim ambivalently within default currents of the mainstream feminist movement, Betty Dodson architected and shared a personal philosophy built upon a sex-positive liberation ethic. Her story affirms both the personal and political presences within "pleasure".
In 1972, Comfort revolutionized the sexual dialogue via equipping millions with the tool of this comprehensively illustrated sexual manual. A timely recent update identifies best-practices for enjoy relationship-conducive internet porn.
For decades the comprehensive exploration of female bodies, minds, and sexualities has remained a definitive source of thoughtfully culled information for women ranging in age from early adolescence to late adulthood. Updates in 2005 and 2011 shed vital contemporary light on the book's many considerations.
Carter's gothic yarns—often riffing on classic fairytales—realize richly supernatural worlds, protagonists, and scenarios, paving the way for storytellers like Audrey Niffenegger, William Goldman, and JK Rowling.
Baldwin cements his literary influence via this tale of clandestine romance amid a Paris in the thrusts of creative and cultural upheaval. As a result of phrasings textured to engaged the reader's full range of senses, the story's painted pictures realize characters almost realer than life itself.
A sexuality explorative of the "sinister side" is cataloged in Bataille's seminal work of literature. The lines between mortality and sensuality are both disturbingly and stimulatingly blurred.
Until very recently, much of the Trans community's media visibility erased the dynamic presences of those posited in an the intersectional marginalization of both gender transition and racial 2nd-class citizenship. Riley Snorton considers via expansive cultural research, the ways in which the deliberate obscuring of their existence works to confirm the presence and impact of these maverick individuals.
Rodriguez' sensuous and emboldened prose locates Queer Latina presence in contexts too often committed to its erasure. Erotic visual media posits a place of inquiry from within which she excavates innumerous iterative sensibilities.
In the tradition of Cherokee communities, a place of acknowledgment—and often veneration—was carved for those who embodied a binary-subversive gender and/or sexual identity. Driskill approaches chronicling this Queered-Indigenous, intra-community formation via a rigorously academic methodology.
Tucked away within Harlem's early-twentieth century creative revolution was a burgeoning community of Queer artists, writing, painting, singing, dancing, and living outside of society's strict mores. Here, a location of not only their expressive cultural contributions but a study of the contexts in which those occurred illuminates the ever resilient nature of the artistic spirit.
Ecstatic pleasure, consensual pain, and awe-inducing precision: traditional Japanese rope bondage is not for the faint of heart or short on time. That said, those up for the challenge will find Midori's tour of this storied tradition as mesmerizing as it is thoroughly informative.
This mythic sexual catalog of positions, techniques, and traditions offers a glimpse of an India in which sexuality —in its myriad identities—walked hand-in-hand with both spirituality and culture.
In authoring this pioneering feminist manifesto, Friedan helped to unleash too long stifled dialogues surround the patriarchal subordination of women in Western society. Though the feminist community's ideologies continue to evolve more nuanced and inclusive, none can refute the historical influence that this landmark testament maintains.
A lady never kisses and tells. A "hustler"—by contrast—is likely to spill several juicy beans, as Bowers does within this behind the screens peak at the Hollywood Golden Era's most elicit sexcapades. Odds are 5 to 1 that the only thing dropping faster than a world-famous matinee idol's trousers will be your jaw.
"To have and to hold till death do us part"...We ask a seemingly tall order of creatures that might not be instinctively wired to mate for life. Perel's techniques identify active work couples can do in order to sustain love's (and healthy lust's) enduring flames.
Skene Johnson combs a myriad of scientific fields in order to discern just what makes us sexually "tick", along the way affirming our propensity to "tock" as uniquely differentiated individuals. A magnifying glass is cast upon gender, sexual orientation, and practice revealing that the devil—if not the delight—is indeed in the details.
Nagoski uses the pharmaceutical industry's quest for the "female viagra" pill as a point of departure for her consideration of how womens' sexualities differ not only from mens', but from each others. Ultimately, her finding affirm each woman's innately individual sexual "fingerprint".
Kerner gives empowered women a glimpse into the minds of men, equipping ladies who love from a place of empowerment to copulate without self-compromise. Prepare for your game (in and out of the bedroom) to be dynamically changed.
Perhaps his reluctance to eat your dish has less to do with his appetite and more to do with his fine dining inexperience; consider that meal presentations can be rather elaborate, cutlery potentially foreign, and serving-sizes run the gamut from modest to generous. Don't 86 the whole shebang: an opportunity to explore Ian Kerner's dinnertime primer—familiarizing himself with some choice recipes for success—will undoubtedly have him ordering up a 2nd and 3rd course.
Though our innate senses of gender reside within, the overwhelming dominance of cultural programing can often make discerning them exceedingly challenging. Testa has devised this course of exercises with the objective of elucidating for individuals the nuances of their personal gender identity that might otherwise go ignored or obscured.
Until relatively recently, the journey to gender affirmation remained a largely uncharted path for many. In this memoir, Rain Hill recounts how early childhood gender dysphoria lead to multiple attempts at taking her own life, before she realized her authentic self deserved and could have an opportunity to not only live...but thrive!
Unmistakeable not only in her singular brand of haute-burlesque performance, but her honing of an aesthetic-of-self so meticulous it cannot be duplicated, Von Teese pulls back the velvet curtain to share some her the beauty tricks-of-the-trade. This icon's goal is never to make you over in her image, but rather to grant you magically transformative tools allowing you to realize an amplified one all of your own.