Best Sex Writing 2009 - erotic book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Desdimona

Best Sex Writing 2009

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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Sex is a subject that deserves good writers.

"Best Sex Writing 2009" offers intellectual stimulation and has an inherently interesting subject (sex, in various forms). While not every piece was fabulous, some surprised and delighted me, which is exactly what I'd hope for from a collection of this nature.
A handful of excellent pieces make the book excellent rather than merely "interesting".
Most of the pieces are not explicitly (or even implicitly) erotic.
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This collection, like all of the “Best Sex Writing” anthologies that I've read, contains a mixture of personal sexual stories and more journalistic type pieces. I found the journalistic pieces interesting, but not as “hot” as some of the journalism that I've read in previous “Best Sex Writing” anthologies. Some of these pieces – for example, one on dating websites specifically for people with STDs, or another on sex offender laws – are not at all the kind of thing that get the blood rushing to my genitals. In fact, these and some other pieces in this collection can be a bit sobering.

Some of the journalism in here gives you a peek into the sexual lives of other Americans; if you find that sort of thing interesting, then this might be the right kind of collection for you. I read “Father Knows Best” – about girls who take pledges of virginity at Purity Balls with their fathers – with something bordering on fascination, and “Oldest Profession 2.0,” which discusses how sex workers use the Internet to support each other, was also very interesting in a voyeuristic kind of way. The piece that I found most interesting among those that I would categorize as “journalistic” pieces is Mary Roach's “The Immaculate Orgasm” – an excerpt from her book “Bonk” that discusses what an orgasm is in physiological terms.

My favorite pieces in the book were those that I would categorize under the “personal sexual stories” label. “Unleash the Beast” is a thoughtful reflection by a married woman about how having casual sex improved her life. In a similar vein, “In Defense of Casual Sex” offers what its title promises – the author's personal feelings about why casual sex is not just okay, but sometimes liberating. “One Rape, Please (To Go)” is the most humorous piece in the book – the author writes about hiring a male sex worker to act out her rape fantasy and how the experience wasn't quite what she expected.

The best piece in the book, however, is “Penises I Have Known” by Daphne Merkin. The author applies her formidable intelligence to the subject of male genitalia, and offers a meditation on penises that is both humorous and insightful. The piece is almost a paean to penises, and Merkin pulls this off without being cheesy or overwrought. If you have any interest in penises whatsoever, I recommend buying “Best Sex Writing 2009” just so you can have the pleasure of reading this piece.
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  • Luscious Lily
    Great review! From the description, I wasn't sure exactly what would be in this book, but it's on my wish list now.
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    I have this book and mean to review it but haven't gotten around to it. I haven't read the previous editions and don't know if they were racier but the disclaimer does say it's not supposed to be erotica so I'm not sure that should be a "con."
  • Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
    Very nice review! Big smile
  • C4ss
    It seems like a good book. Thanks for the review.
  • racoons
    That looks arr! )
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