Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex

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For 15 years, Pat Califia has been "fussing and fuming about sexual repression and censorship". PUBLIC SEX collects the best of Califia's essays defending pornography, lesbian S&M, sex with youth, UNmonogamy, the modern leather community and, of course, sex in public. A resident of San Francisco naturally, Califia also is the author of MACHO SLUTS, MELTING POINT, and THE ADVOCATE ADVISOR.
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Overview

For 15 years, Pat Califia has been "fussing and fuming about sexual repression and censorship". PUBLIC SEX collects the best of Califia's essays defending pornography, lesbian S&M, sex with youth, UNmonogamy, the modern leather community and, of course, sex in public. A resident of San Francisco naturally, Califia also is the author of MACHO SLUTS, MELTING POINT, and THE ADVOCATE ADVISOR.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Today, at the amazing age of forty, I am trying to cause just as much trouble as I did when I was twenty-five,'' writes Califia, author of 12 books, including Macho Sluts and Sapphistry. Public Sex comprises 19 of Califia's smartest essays on sex and politics from 1980 to the present. Always intelligent but never academic, Califia takes bold, unpopular stances on censorship and sexual freedom. She unequivocally supports NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association), sex clubs, pornography and kinky sex of all kinds. No aspect of sex is too forbidden or too undignified to merit Califia's critical attention: she devotes an entire essay to rubber, and she doesn't just mean safe sex equipment. The older articles are from popular gay-community newspapers and magazines, while the most recent are from academic journals, although the older pieces are no less theoretical and the newer pieces no less sexy. This comparison gives some credence to Califia's claim that ``the gay press has traded censorship by the chief of police or the postmaster general for a more subtle form of social control by Absolut Vodka.'' (Nov.)
Library Journal
Erotica author and advice columnist for the Advocate, Califia (The Advocate Advisor, LJ 5/1/91) has collected a sampling of her nonfiction writings that illustrate her perception of such things as public sex, radical sex, sadomasochism, leather sex, and just plain lesbian and gay sex. She states it all openly, clearly, and without reservation, resulting in a book that will probably cause a great deal of uneasiness in some communities. Indeed, only Califia writes with such explicitness and honesty as to make gays and lesbians as well as straights squirm in their chairs. But while Califia can make you embarrassed, angry, indignant, afraid, or aroused, it is not without a higher purpose. She does so in order to take a firm stand against the legal system and the police crackdowns on so-called immoral behavior among gays and lesbians while violent crimes go unsolved. This highly recommended book should be available in all public and academic libraries for their lesbian and gay patrons, but it may cause a stir in some more conservative communities.-H. Robert Malinowsky, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
Library Journal
American society often attempts to repress sexuality, but as long as Califia (Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism) has something to say--or write--about the issue, censoring sex will be a little less easy. In this second edition of Public Sex, Califia collects most of the essays in the previous edition (the bulk of her work from 1979 to 1994), adding a new foreword as well as four new essays that she has written in the last six years. And, intriguingly, for some of the topics she discusses, she modifies her position on a few matters as well. The 23 essays cover censorship and sexuality, age-of-consent laws and minors, conservative feminists and pornography, sex workers, sadomasochism, leather culture, and lesbians and safer sex, among other topics. Witty, well written, direct, and never boring, this edition will be sure to find as great a following as the first. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Kimberly L. Clarke, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573440967
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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