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Erotic Book Club: Macho Sluts

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This month we are reading: Macho Sluts by Pat Califia

Thursday 24th September

When it was first published in 1988, Pat Califia’s Macho Sluts,a collection of S/M stories set in San FranciscoÂs dyke bathhouses, sex parties, and S/M gay bars, shocked the lesbian community and caused an upheaval in the field of queer publishing. Nobody had ever written so frankly about the kinky potential of woman-to-woman sex (and nobody has ever done it any better). If any book is responsible for the formation of the modern lesbian leather community, this one is it. Despite its graceful language, imaginative scenarios, and abundant humour, the lesbian press trashed Macho Sluts,and it became a focal point for the infamous legal battles between Canada Customs and Little Sister’s, the gay and lesbian bookstore in Vancouver. But readers loved it, and to this day Macho Slutsremains a vital and moving classic that still has the power to educate, radicalize, and expand our notions of the body’s potential to provide us with pleasure, pain, and love. This new edition, part of Arsenal’s Little Sister’s Classics series resurrecting classics of LGBT literature, includes a new foreword by the author, and an introduction by Wendy Chapkis, a Professor of Sociology and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. There are also essays by Jim Deva, co-owner of Little Sister’s, and Joseph Arvay, chief counsel for the bookstore during its trial against Canada Customs.


Written by bökship

September 14, 2009 at 10:44 pm

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  1. The result is a state of socalled “near monogamy”. Polygamy is allowed in many cultures, but it is usually only about 2% of the men who have more than one wife.

    Daily Dose of Fantasy

    November 3, 2009 at 10:30 am

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