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Sex Politics, Theory, & Culture Books

Sex books that explore sexual ideas, culture, politics and theory.
The Best of the Magazine That Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution

$pread, an Utne award–winning magazine by and for sex workers, was independently published from 2005 to 2011. This collection features the enduring essays about sex... Read more

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The act of reproduction, and its variants, never change much, but our ideas about the meaning of sex are in constant flux. Switch a decade, cross a border, or traverse class lines and the harmless pleasures of one group become... Read more

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This fierce and thoughtful anthology of diverse experiences explores Femme identity as more than simply a binary relational identity to Butch, and busts through stereotypes and assumptions. A wide spectrum of Femme Identified folks spill their guts on these pages... Read more

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Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and... Read more

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Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality

From the Publisher: We think of the modern woman as sexually liberated - if anything, we're told we're oversexed. Yet a striking number of women are dissatisfied with their sex lives. Over... Read more

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Couples of Mixed HIV Status delves into the emotional challenges of living in a mixed HIV status relationship. Included in the book are tons of first-hand accounts, advice, interviews with therapists, and is throughly illustrated with tables. Topics include family... Read more

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Contemporary relationships are in a state of rapid evolution. These changes can and should empower people with the opportunity to develop partnerships based on their own sexualities, understandings, and agreements. This makes it possible to create what Kenneth Haslam, founder... Read more

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While most sex guides focus on the nuts-and-bolts aspects, The Erotic Mind is devoted the exploration of what turns you on and why. From looking at "core erotic themes" and the interplay of eroticism and emotions, to troublesome psychological issues,... Read more
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Looking for a buffet of ideas about the politics of producing pleasure? Exploring what it means to create feminist pornography from more than thirty unique and important perspectives, the FPB brings together actors, scholars, teachers, critics and producers of feminist... Read more

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An Introduction

In The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction, the brilliantly original French thinker who died in 1984 turns his attention to sex and the reasons why we are driven constantly to analyze and discuss it. An iconoclastic... Read more

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The Use of Pleasure

In this sequel to The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction, the brilliantly original French thinker who died in 1984 gives an analysis of how the ancient Greeks perceived sexuality.

Throughout The Use of Pleasure... Read more

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Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys is a collection of writings from pros in the sex business. All stories are from a first-person point of view, with amazing accounts of adventures from the beautiful and touching to the dark... Read more

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Ever wonder what makes us attracted to certain people, and not to others? How Sex Works discusses how all of our senses dictate who we fall in love (and lust) with and why, how evolution has affected sex, and many... Read more

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Love Not Given Lightly is the first collection of nonfiction stories from award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and advocate Tina Horn. In her vast experience in sexual undergrounds, Tina has befriended pro-dommes, porn stars, kinky fetishists, rent boys, and more. Instead of... Read more
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Showtime's dramatic series 'Masters of Sex' is based on this real-life story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Before Sex and the City and Viagra, America relied on Masters and Johnson to teach us everything we needed to... Read more

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When Deborah Rudacille learned that a close friend had decided to transition from female to male, she felt compelled to understand why.

Coming at the controversial subject of transsexualism from several angles–historical, sociological, psychological, medical–Rudacille discovered that gender variance is... Read more

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How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships

From research psychologist Christopher Ryan and psychiatrist Cacilda Jetha, Sex at Dawn is a fun and intense journey through human pre-history to modern times questioning many of... Read more

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The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality

Independent historian and author of Big Big Love, Hanne Blank delves into the formation of heterosexual and homosexual identities, the evolving natures of dating and the ever changing meaning of marriage, family and love.... Read more

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A Taste for Brown Sugar boldly takes on representations of black women's sexuality in the porn industry. It is based on Mireille Miller-Young's extensive archival research and her interviews with dozens of women who have worked in the adult entertainment... Read more

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The Collected Works Of Scarlot Harlot

Scarlot Harlot, unrepentant whore, activist, and artist, is a brazen hooker with a brain. Since the late 1970s, Harlot (a.k.a. Carol Leigh) has written, performed, and produced work in a variety of genres on... Read more

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In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways... Read more
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Sex Workers Write About a Changing Industry

Working Sex is a compelling look into the taboo and often sneered upon community of sex workers. Our societies fascination with demonizing pornography, fantasy, and all things "taboo" has put us in an... Read more

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Visions of Female Sexual Power & A World Without Rape

From feminist activist Jaclyn Friedman and founder of feministing.com Jessica Valenti comes this anthology of short stories, essays and critical thoughts on female sexual empowerment in a rape culture world.... Read more

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