Mommy's Little Girl: On Sex, Motherhood, Porn and Cherry Pie

Mommy's Little Girl: On Sex, Motherhood, Porn and Cherry Pie

by Susie Bright
     
 

Susie Bright has gained a reputation as one of the world's leading writers on sex and sexual politics. Bright's stories in magazines like Salon, Playboy, and Bust have drawn cultish followings, and her books are national bestsellers. Mommy's Little Girl contains selected writing since the birth of Bright's now twelve-year-old daughter, Aretha. Challenging the idea

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Susie Bright has gained a reputation as one of the world's leading writers on sex and sexual politics. Bright's stories in magazines like Salon, Playboy, and Bust have drawn cultish followings, and her books are national bestsellers. Mommy's Little Girl contains selected writing since the birth of Bright's now twelve-year-old daughter, Aretha. Challenging the idea that a woman cannot be a mother and sex goddess at the same time, this book positions Bright as a beacon of hope for women who feel that their days of openness about their sexuality must come to an end after they have a child. Bright describes how her daughter and her classmates have made her aware of how sexually charged children are these days, yet dangerously lack a proper education about their own bodies. From reminiscing on her role as "lesbian consultant" to the directors of The Matrix to her hilarious instruction for both men and women on how to ruin their sex lives in twelve easy steps, Bright's always provocative, often hilarious prose is sure to appeal to anyone with a heartbeat, and tops it off with the perfect end to perfect sex — a recipe for lustful cherry pie!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bright is one of America's most vocal sex-positive advocates, offering her sexual liberation message in advice columns, personal appearances and books (Susie Bright's Sexual Reality, etc.). This collection of 22 sketches written during the first 12 years of her daughter's life covers a variety of topics: her daughter's problems at school when she reveals her mom works as a sexpert, how nudists look when they age, the ubiquitous use of Viagra, her feelings about a friend's suicide and even a recipe for cherry pie. The material is uneven at best. The essay "Dirty Bookstore Docent," a field guide to the old-fashioned porn shop, is vintage Bright-she knows who's in that back booth and just what they're doing. Other pieces read more like thinly veiled bids for admiration. "Intern Phobia," for example, supposedly about why Bright won't hire interns, ends with "Somewhere there's a groupie heaven, but it can't be at my house," making the piece more of a reminder of what a star she's become. In "The Randy Bellboy," Bright ponders the methodology of seducing hotel staff, with such self-absorption she doesn't waste a minute considering the workers' rights-or dignity. While Bright acknowledges that some people have difficulties reconciling her "sex goddess" image with her mommy role, the problems with her motherhood essays are far more mundane. In "The Birthing Day Party," she describes tucking in the guests at her daughter's 10th birthday sleepover party with a graphic-yes, illustrated-discussion of her daughter's actual birth. Even die-hard fans may be put off by Bright's overt egotism and self-congratulatory writing. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560255512
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.59(d)

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