Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex

Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex

by Pat Califia, Patrick Califia-Rice
     
 

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Public Sex collects the best of Pat Califia's work published over the past 20 years. Providing both a chronicle of the radical sex movement in the United States, as well as the definitive opinions of America's most consistent and trenchant sexual critic, Public Sex is must-read material for anyone interested in sexual practices, feminism, censorship, or simply the

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Public Sex collects the best of Pat Califia's work published over the past 20 years. Providing both a chronicle of the radical sex movement in the United States, as well as the definitive opinions of America's most consistent and trenchant sexual critic, Public Sex is must-read material for anyone interested in sexual practices, feminism, censorship, or simply the art of the political essay.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573440967
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.79(d)

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