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Lesbianism Made Easy [NOOK Book]

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The essential guide to enjoying modern lesbianism

These days, lesbians are everywhere you turn, streaming for your entertainment or commenting on the important political movements and hairdos of the day. Yet as more doors open on this often-misunderstood world, who hasn’t found him- or herself wondering how he or she might uncover the secrets, experience the glamour, enjoy ...
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Lesbianism Made Easy

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Overview

The essential guide to enjoying modern lesbianism

These days, lesbians are everywhere you turn, streaming for your entertainment or commenting on the important political movements and hairdos of the day. Yet as more doors open on this often-misunderstood world, who hasn’t found him- or herself wondering how he or she might uncover the secrets, experience the glamour, enjoy the special advantages of lesbianism?
 
Helen Eisenbach’s hilariously irreverent guide provides a front-row seat to a largely female universe where love, lust, and forbidden laughter are just a fingertip away. Sharing hard-earned truths with sly insight and wit, Eisenbach reveals the fascinating inside story of a growing culture and shows how anyone can acquire the skills and state of mind to be a lesbian.
 
From flirting to family values, from work to play, from enlightening friends, relatives, or strangers to figuring out how to have sex with women or choose a pet, Lesbianism Made Easy answers all your questions—and some you didn’t know you had.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A novelist (Loonglow, LJ 6/1/88), playwright (Lesbian Bathhouse), and contributor to numerous magazines, Eisenbach has written a new book that is a welcome relief from the plethora of self-help books that take themselves ever-so-seriously. This irreverent look at lesbianism covers such topics as how to know you're a lesbian, finding the woman of your dreams, breaking up, and, yes, choosing a pet. "The Bisexually Challenged" and "Healing Your Inner Lesbianism" are but two of the many chapters that illuminate lesbian culture in a tongue-in-cheek fashion that will amuse even the most politically correct dyke. Deftly woven into Eisenbach's humor are strands of insight and wisdom that elevate this book from simple comedy to social satire. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries with large gay and lesbian collections.Pamela W. Bellows, Northwestern Connecticut Community-Technical Coll. Lib., Winsted
Kirkus Reviews
An insider's sophomoric paean to the lesbian way of life.

Former QW editor and novelist Eisenbach (Loonglow, 1988) seems to have a lot going for her in her latest literary/comic endeavor. She has a firm grasp on the ins and outs of lesbianism—lesbian chic, lesbian sex, lesbian fantasy—and a subtle understanding of where truth and stereotype converge. Her subject she rightly if mockingly points out, is a source of fascination to the populace at large and heterosexual men in particular. Unfortunately, Eisenbach just can't sustain the humor that is the raison d'être of her book. Not that she doesn't have moments. She opines that S&M, for example, is an option "for those who don't receive enough sadomasochistic thrills simply by being female in any city in the United States, the corporate world at large, or certain department stores during major clearance seasons." And she provides alternatives to the standard altar-boy/priest paradigm, such as "First Lady/`friendly' journalist," "Republican socialite/Whoopi Goldberg," or "Anyone (except Madonna)/Camille Paglia." There are also some poignant moments in her "Woman of Your Dreams" series, where Eisenbach imagines various scenarios of women meeting women. In one, the woman of your dreams, at whom you've been staring, actually comes over to you in the airport, smiling, and in a devastating European accent asks, "Could you be telling me, em, where is this Delta Airline? I am must meeting my husband." Most of the time, however, Eisenbach's jokes are really nothing more than one-liners stretched beyond their breaking point. And the mock-instructional tone quickly wears on the nerves.

At best, some erotic/romantic moments and inside jokes for lesbian readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497684577
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 12/16/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 185
  • File size: 343 KB

Meet the Author

Helen Eisenbach writes comedies for both screen and stage and has published two books, the novel Loonglow and the slyly optimistic how-to Lesbianism Made Easy. Her essays, reviews, and interviews may be read at the Huffington Post and 429Magazine and have appeared in New York magazine, the New York Times, Salon, Newsday, Time Out New York, Interview, the New York Daily News, and other tasteful publications. She has been a book and magazine editor at several outlets that no longer exist, and now works at a mainstream publication whose fate remains uncertain. She is currently developing several screenplays and a new novel. 
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 How to Be Homosexual 9
Ch. 2 Naming Names 43
Ch. 3 How to Pick Up Girls 55
Ch. 4 The Bisexually Challenged 73
Ch. 5 How to Have Sex 87
Ch. 6 How to Choose a Pet 119
Ch. 7 Heeling Your Inner Lesbian 133
Ch. 8 Social Skills 151
Ch. 9 Family Values 171
Ch. 10 How to Be Homosexual: The Conclusion 189
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