How To Write Erotica, With Rachel Kramer Bussel

Rachel Kramer Bussel is a New York-based author, editor, blogger and event organizer. She has written for numerous publications and has edited more than 40 anthologies, including Anything for You: Erotica for Kinky Couples, Suite Encounters: Hotel Sex Stories, Going Down, Irresistible, Women in Lust, Orgasmic, Fast Girls, Passion, Obsessed, Bottoms Up, Spanked, Tasting Him, […]

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Author Wednesday Black On Humor, Hipsters, Erotic Architecture & How To Train Your Virgin

Wednesday Black‘s new novel How To Train Your Virgin will erase all the cringe-inducing conceptions you have about contemporary erotica before the first chapter finishes. Deftly synthesizing myth and fatalistic fantasy with nubile hipster urbanity, Black (named Leia Menlove IRL) has written a genre-defying work that is both absurd, funny and hot as fuck. How […]

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Ultragrey: Girl Powerlessness In Pop Culture

Feeling perverse in the back row of a theater packed with couples, I cringed along with Fifty Shades of Grey. Liberal media largely condemned the film as not only terrible, but also damaging to women as a whole for its depiction of an unhealthy dominant/submissive relationship. Not even the BDSM community backed the adaptation of […]

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Hysteria: For Electric, Intellectually Rigorous Feminist Thought

We reviewed Issue 3 of the excellent radical feminist periodical Hysteria a while back. Their new website is finally live, as is their campaign to fund the printing of Issue 5, which will feature a large number of feminist figures from the margins such as LGBTI activist Miles Rutendo Tanhira, performance collective Mensmagi, and Palestinian activist and womanist Maisam Abumorr. […]

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The History & Arts of the Dominatrix: An Interview with Anne O Nomis

You would be hard-pressed to ignore the never-so-subtle influence that The Dominatrix has had on western culture. From Thierry Mugler’s infamous catwalk designs to the spillover cat suits of 1960’s TV heroines and the archetypes in between, The Dominatrix is one of the most popular images of women’s sexuality and also one of the most misunderstood […]

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Hysteria: A Collection Of Feminisms

Hysteria is a London-based publication and platform for feminist activism that subtly interweaves academic analysis, pop culture commentary, poetry and visual art. The 3rd issue, “Abjection,” brings together divergent strains of feminist thought and works, from discussions of Orange Is The New Black and women’s prisons (Carolin Muller) to Islamic feminism (Vanessa Rivera De La Fuente) […]

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Baby, You Are My Religion: Lesbian Bar Culture Pre-Stonewall

Baby, You are my Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall by Marie Cartier. Bristol, CT: Acumen Publishing, 2013, 256 pp. Marie Cartier delves into more than just the history of gay women’s bar culture for her book, Baby, You are my Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall, published in 2013. The […]

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5 Feminist Truths From Redefining Realness

Janet Mock‘s recent autobiography, Redefining Realness, embodies Simone de Beauvoir’s famous quote “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” This is not because Mock is a transgender woman, but because her story converges with those of so many women who have encountered abuse, poverty, drug use, and body image issues as they struggle to own […]

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