Male Lust: Power, Pleasure and Transformation / Edition 1

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Men from a variety of sexual orientations and ethnic backgrounds overturn myths about male sexuality and desire!

Male sexuality comes of age in this provocative collection of personal essays and poetry. Male Lust's nearly 60 contributors explore emotional, social, and political aspects of sex and desire from a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and sexual orientations. Answering the long-standing challenge for men to finally theorize the complexity of their own sexual desires, Male Lust (a 2001 Lambda Gay Studies Literary Award Finalist) delves into topics such as commercial sex, sadomasochism, feminism, and white supremacy without lapsing into reactionary, knee-jerk or misogynist stances. This book offers a positive sexual vision that moves far beyond the narrow messages offered in mainstream media.

Male Lust reveals thoughtful, detailed realities of gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, and same-gender-loving men's personal experiences with sex that lurk behind the stereotypes. Among the many topics that the essays, stories, and poems herein chronicle are:

  • various facets of men's and women's experience with commercial sex, both as consumers and providers
  • social and hormonal phenomena involved in transitioning from female to male
  • handling the impact of white supremacy on male lust as a man of color
  • the transformational possibilities of S/M
  • women's responses to the lusts of the men in their lives
  • coming of age with a “deviant” gender or sexual orientation
  • healing from rape and other forms of sexual abuse
  • coming to terms with loving and desiring women within a misogynist culture
  • lust and desire within a disabled body

    Together, the contributors break the noisy silence surrounding male lust, challenge the dominant images of men as unemotional sexual predators, and expose the live, beating hearts, minds, and souls of real men loving, healing, and revealing themselves, each other, and the women in their lives. Male Lust heralds the next generation of thinking men—a must-read for anyone seeking cutting-edge ideas on sexuality and desire.

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Editorial Reviews

Strefania Fuma
Behind each and every piece is an articulate, intelligent, soulful and insightful survivor who has been through themill, conquered shame and fear, and come out on the other side to tell us about it. Each essay is a fast read—they never go over four pages—and the quality of the writing is consistently high. Every time I thought I had reached my favorite one of all, the next essay took me further, making Male Lust an essential read for boys and girls alike.
BUST Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560239826
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments

  • Introduction
  • Part One: Challenges
  • War Bonds: Love and Lust on the Battlefield
  • Elegy for My Father's Dick
  • Making Room for Roy: A Survivor's Journey to Wholeness
  • Out of Isolation
  • Mapping My Desire
  • Razors and Roses
  • Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars
  • Porn Star?
  • If I Were a Straight Man. . .
  • Confessions of a Pregnant Husband
  • Shadows in the Mirror
  • In the Body of a Man
  • Finding My “Yes!”
  • Does Colorless Hair Cure Bisexuality?
  • Doing Time
  • burnmarks, bleachstains, n things that block the sun
  • Sex, Blindness, and the Way of the Wound (William Thompson)
  • What the Fuck?
  • Lion's Courtesan
  • What I Learned from One Mean Fucker
  • Part Two: Obsessions
  • The Monster in the Closet: Men Who Molest Children (Paul Fleischer)
  • Hypatia's Children
  • I Wonder if My Great Great Toltec Grandmother was Ever a National Geographic Centerfold (
  • Pornography's Child
  • Dream: Initiation
  • Pumping Iron, Pumping Cocks: Sexual Activity in the Gym
  • Odin's Horse
  • Need
  • God Is a Bullet
  • Cock in My Pocket
  • Missing Parts
  • Differences
  • The Evolution of a Sexual Masochist
  • Power Lunch
  • Listening to Lust: A Conversation with Sonya Roberts About Aural Sex
  • Infernal Dreams
  • Part Three: Politics
  • Why Men Are so Obsessed with Sex
  • On Pornography's Faces
  • GI Joe and Barbie K-I-S-S-I-N-G: Competitive Economics, Comnpetitive Sex
  • 2 men kiss / a dollar n a dream (or the odds of unequal attraction)
  • When I Get that Feeling: A Conversation with Cleo Mango About Black Male Lust
  • Bangkok Story
  • Having Sex Outside the Box
  • Some Quick Screaming Notes About Male Lust
  • Fuel for Fantasy: The Ideological Construction of Male Lust
  • My Karma Has Just Run Over My Dogma: Addressing the Sexual Conflicts of Feminist Men
  • Pornography: Addiction and Rescue—A Conversation with Caleb Armes
  • Uncomfortable Questions: Black Men and Heterosexual Commercial Sex
  • Part Four: Inspiration
  • Rings of Orgasms
  • Passionate Love for Christ: Out of the Closet, Into the Streets
  • Hungry Suckle
  • The Nether Eye Opens
  • 1972
  • Anondigital
  • Midwife
  • Kiss Me
  • Holy Fuck
  • Resurrection of the Penis: A Political Poem (Alison Luterman)
  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included            
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    A wonderfully diverse collection about men and sex.

    Hello, and thanks for being interested in my book. My intent in bringing this collection together has been to break through the noisy silence that surrounds men's sexuality, a 'silence' that haunts us with image after image of the same one-dimensional character. My associate editors and I worked to bring together an exceptionally diverse collection of personal essays, poems, and political commentaries meant to promote a much richer and more nuanced discussion of men's varied experiences with sex, sexuality, and desire. In the past twenty years, women have produced a large amount of literature and erotica that breaks old molds and offers new ways of approaching their own sexuality. My fervant hope is that this book continues this tradition of unearthing new erotic ground, with men writing about their own experience and ideas for transforming and reweaving male lust, love and social justice. Topics covered within the book include male sexual frustration and anger, male sexuality and disability, cruising for sex, exploring S/M, producing and purchasing commercial sex, the impacts of child sexual abuse and adult rape, the influence of white supremacy on male desire, the fusion of sex with spirituality, and a lot more. Contributors are heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, and transgendered men, along with a few women. They write from various ethnic/racial backgrounds and perspectives. Together, the authors challenge the dominant images of men as unemotional sexual predators, exposing the hearts, minds and souls of real men as they lust, love, heal and reveal themselves. I honestly believe you will find reading this book to be illuminating, challenging, and thought-provoking. Please let me know what you think via my email. Happy reading!

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