When it comes to sex, what do women want? In this eye-opening and courageous collection, Erica Jong reveals that every woman has her own answer.
Susan Cheever talks about the "excruciating hazards of casual sex," while Gail Collins recounts her Catholic upbringing in Cincinnati and the nuns who passionately forbade her from having "carnal relations." In "Everything Must Go," Jennifer Weiner explores how, in love, the body can play just as big a role as the heart. The octogenarians in Karen Abbott's sharp-eyed piece possess a passion that could give Betty White a run for her money. Molly Jong-Fast reflects on her unconventional upbringing and why a whole generation of young women has rejected "free love" in favor of Bugaboo strollers and Mommy-and-me yoga.
Sex, it turns out, can be as fleeting, heavy, mundane, and intense as the rest of life. Indeed, as Jong herself writes in her powerful introduction, "the truth issex is life."
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About the Author
Erica Jong is an award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist best known for her eight bestselling novels, including the international bestseller Fear of Flying. She is also the author of seven award-winning collections of poetry.
Table of Contents
Introduction Erica Jong xi
A Fucking Miracle Elisa Albert 1
Worst Sex Gail Collins 8
Peekaboo I See You Anne Roiphe 15
Prude Jean Hanff Korelitz 20
Sex with a Stranger Susan Cheever 32
Everything Must Go: A Short Story Jennifer Weiner 38
Love Rollercoaster 1975 Susie Bright 48
Absolutely Dangerous Linda Gray Sexton 57
The One Who Breaks My Heart Rosemary Daniel 64
Do I Own You Now? Daphne Merkin 76
Let's Not Talk About Sex Julie Klam 83
My Best Friend's Boyfriend-Fay Weldon 90
The Diddler J. A. K. Andres 96
The Dignity Channel Jann Turner 106
Miss Honeypot Marries: A Short Story Barbara Victor 115
Best Sex Ever: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis Jessica Winter 125
Cock of My Dreams: A Graphic Fantasy Marisa Acocella Marchetto 131
Cramming It All In: A Satire Susan Kinsolving 137
Reticence and Fieldwork Min Jin Lee 139
My First Time, Twice Ariel Levy 149
Light Me Up Margot Magowan 154
Herman and Margot Karen Abbott 177
Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Gladly Meghan O'Rourke 183
Skin, Just Skin: A Dramatic Triologue Eve Ensler 194
Reading of O Honor Moore 199
Going All the Way Liz Smith 205
The Man in Question Rebecca Walker 210
They Had Sex So I Didn't Have To Molly Jong-Fast 217
Kiss: A Short, Short Story Erica Jong 222
About the Editor 237
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading this collection, but I expected more insight or candor than these stories and essays delivered. That being said, Jennifer Weiner's short story about a woman preparing for a double mastectomy and the saga of Callie's Cho Cho are phenomenal, and in a class by themselves!