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Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women's Erotica
     

Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women's Erotica

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by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)
 

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Rachel Kramer Bussel is a card-carrying bisexual. She writes about it, talks about it, blogs about it and probably tweets, too. She is in a great relationship with a BOYFRIEND but once you go bi you never to back. Bisexuality is not about keeping your options open, it is about looking at the world and seeing a lot more sexy. In a Huffington Post, she went on record

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Rachel Kramer Bussel is a card-carrying bisexual. She writes about it, talks about it, blogs about it and probably tweets, too. She is in a great relationship with a BOYFRIEND but once you go bi you never to back. Bisexuality is not about keeping your options open, it is about looking at the world and seeing a lot more sexy. In a Huffington Post, she went on record, stating "I think ideally I'd like to have a male lover and a female lover, either a triad situation or one on one." There is no better erotic mind on the planet better suited to editing Twice the Pleasure than Rachel Kramer Bussel. This big book of bi explores every option -There are girlfriends and wives, husbands and boyfriends, first dates, threesomes and much more here. There's daring and adventure, women taking risks by stepping outside their comfort zones, whether it's by surrendering to a bodyguard in "The State" by Tahira Iqbal or confronting "The Wife" of a male lover in Kay Jaybee's story, only to be confronted right back. The women you'll read about are attracted to strong women like "The Robber Girl" in Lori Selke's story, and men who surprise them with their sensitivity, such as in Bussel's own story, "A Little Fun."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Buying erotica for someone else is always a balancing act. Double your chances of getting it right with Rachel Kramer Bussel's newest collection featuring twenty-two diverse stories of bisexual desire and abandon."
—About.com

"It isn’t easy to show bisexuality in a short story for the same reasons that it’s difficult to be a bisexual person. That is – people define a character’s sexuality by their lover’s gender. The contributors to Twice The Pleasure meet the challenge in various ways, from showing a poly couple welcoming another lover to ‘just this once’ affairs, from ‘straight for you’ surprises to ‘here, we’re all queer.’"
—Erotica Revealed

"A refreshing compilation of juicy queer stories that actually read as queer."
Sexlife Canada

"Like a friend offering to show you the way, Rachel takes you by the hand and guides you on a celebration of bisexual exploration."
Kink Etc.

"Explores every permutation of bi possibilities."
Erotic Trade Only

"Twenty-two tasty tidbits of erotic goodness."
BDSM Book Reviews

"The book succeeds in delivering a variety of sexual permutations from a variety of women with various perspectives – the result is a broad collection of the landscapes of women’s desires."
Portland Book Review

"There is no better erotic mind on the planet better suited to editing Twice the Pleasure than Rachel Kramer Bussel. This big book of bi explores every option -There are girlfriends and wives, husbands and boyfriends, first dates, threesomes and much more here."
Erotica Readers and Writers Association

"Bussel really lives up to her promise to be inclusive, by almost using this anthology to bring readers in from outside of the sex-positive community and allow them to dip their toes into the waters of everything bisexuality could mean."
—Bex Talks Sex

"Daring and adventurous, the women in these stories take risks by stepping outside their comfort zones."
Daily Loaf

"There are all kinds of stories here—some are relatively simple but there are others that are complex and just as our society is multicultural, sexuality is multi-faceted. So kick off your shoes and everything if you want and sit back and enjoy several hours of erotic reading pleasure."
—Amos Lassen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573449243
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
544,780
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Twice the Pleasure

Bisexual Women's Erotica
By Rachel Kramer Bussel

Cleis Press

Copyright © 2013 Rachel Kramer Bussel
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781573449243

Hot Bi Babes: A "Both/And" Approach to Bisexual Sex

Woody Allen once famously said, "Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night." As a bisexual woman, I can attest that this is not necessarily true. Bisexuality is more than just a math equation, and cannot be so easily categorized or summarized. Identifying as bi, or being attracted to or engaging in sex with a variety of genders, or whatever version of something approximating those states of being, is the theme of this anthology, and in many ways, the term is actually a lot broader than that dual opportunity. This is not a book about choosing "either/or," male or female, or simply one of each. It's not about narrowing gender down to one size fits all, but about expanding our options, to a "both/and" approach to how we view and cultivate our sexuality. It's a welcoming, inclusive definition that welcomes all comers—pun fully intended.
I wanted this book, while fictional and focused on the erotic aspects of bisexual women's lives, to explore as wide a swatch of "bisexual" as possible. That means that some of the best stories here don't mention the word "bisexual" at all; they don't have to, because their bi angle, their queerness, is embedded—and bedded—in the story. The characters are living it, rather than identifying with it; the sexual exploration and attraction, the experience and movement, are more important than what anyone wants to call it.
The large majority of the submissions I received for this book were about women having sex with women, which makes sense in the context of a culture that still privileges heterosexual identity over any other kind. Even in an era of so-called lesbian and bisexual chic, there's still plenty of discomfort with the fluidity with which many women view their sexuality. Shifting away from a purely heterosexual mindset forces women to grapple with the ways we differ from mainstream society, even one that is becoming much more open and knowledgeable about the varieties of queer life. The first time we dare to dip our toes—or other bodies parts—into the world of sex with other women is often momentous. Many of us will find the character of Laura, in Nicole Wolfe's opening story, "1% Adaptable," familiar. Laura at first protests Marie's advances, warning her that she's not gay, not bi, until she listens to her body and follows its yearnings. "Laura was shocked that the kiss had surprised her, considering what had just happened between her legs. She let her lips caress Marie’s. She dared to let her tongue out to play. She risked letting her hands tickle Marie’s hips and backside," Wolfe writes. But I didn't want this to simply be a first-time bicurious tentative collection, but a robust one exploring the intimacy of life as a woman interested in men and women. That's why I wanted stories that asked questions like the ones in Jacqueline Applebee's closing tale, "What I Want, What I Need," when she writes, "I’d been out as a lesbian since I was twenty-three. Why was I suddenly spending time with a straight man? Why was I enjoying it so much? Had I really been a lesbian at all, or had I been lying to myself for the past twenty years?"
There are girlfriends and wives, husbands and boyfriends, first dates, threesomes and much more here. There's daring and adventure, women taking risks by stepping outside their comfort zones, whether it's by surrendering to a bodyguard in "The State" by Tahira Iqbal or confronting "The Wife" of a male lover in Kay Jaybee's story, only to be confronted right back. The women you'll read about are attracted to strong women like "The Robber Girl" in Lori Selke's story, and men who surprise them with their sensitivity, such as in my story, "A Little Fun."
There's also kink, if that's what you're looking for. In Cheryl B.'s "The Break," spanking becomes a way for two exes to reconnect and revive the passion between them, while Sinclair Sexsmith takes us inside a gay bar and then home with a boy her protagonist has met there, one who may or may not know her true gender, in "Right Red Flagging." The protagonist of "Seduction Dance," D., is under the watchful eye of her master when she finds a new female plaything for her to command and seduce. Gender is played with, fucked with, and grappled with as well in Giselle Renarde's "Glitter in the Gutter," in which the female partner of a male crossdresser encourages his interest when he fears he's crossed a line and doesn't want to live in the new, judgmental world he's stepped into. Aimee Pearl writes in "Meeting at the Hole in the Wall, "Chivalry is dead, and I want to writhe naked on its grave."
These are celebratory, sexy stories, but, all apologies to Mr. Allen, they are more complex than a view of bisexual simply as "twice as much" offers. I like to think of them as "both/and" stories that, collectively, offer a look at the ways bisexuality, queerness, and lesbianism affect us while recognizing that there's no monolithic "typical bisexual." We are multifaceted, full of desires that can't be contained into a single, simplistic category. We are hungry, horny, mischievous, naughty, provocative, and, yes, curious. We may think we know what we want, only to keep on surprising ourselves just when we think we have it all figured out. We are open to a wide range of sexual possibilities, whether they exist in our heads or beyond. I hope you'll enjoy the 23 stories presented here, and that they serve as erotic catalysts, no matter how you identify.


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Meet the Author

Rachel Kramer Bussel edits the Sex Diaries for New York Magazine and hosts SRO readings around the country. Rachel formerly wrote the "Lusty Lady" sex column for The Village Voice and was the longtime senior editor of Penthouse Variations. She has edited the Best Sex Writing series since 2008. She is a prolific erotica editor, and her titles include Spanked, He’s on Top, She’s on Top, Passion, and Do Not Disturb. Visit her at rachelkramerbussel.com.

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Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women's Erotica 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So Smart and So Sexy! I have become a huge fan of Rachel Kramer Bussel and I love that she is out about being bi.  This is a glorious celebration of bisexuality that I recommend highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first anthology of bisexual women's erotica that I've read, and I must say, I'm impressed. It's intelligent and creative---in some of these stories I would not have pegged the two people to get steamy together. But they did, and I loved it! Also, there were lots of unique protagonists, too, and that's great for different turn-ons and fantasies. What a great read!
QuixoticOrchid More than 1 year ago
Gone are the lipstick lesbians of Penthouse Letters. This anthology is bisexuality drawn how it's really experienced with the heat turned up to sizzling. Sultry, realistic naughty bits intelligently written by like-minded souls who know what it's really like. There are not enough words to praise this book.