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Novelist discusses her early-’90s stint working as a copy editor” at Hustler magazine.

Novelist discusses her early-’90s stint working as a copy editor” at Hustler magazine. | Sex History | Scoop.it
The Rest Was Just Imagination - An interview with Lydia Millet


BLVR: Your book Everyone’s Pretty is reportedly based on your time working with LFP. Could you talk about this influence in specific terms? The book doesn’t seem concerned with reporting on or analyzing the pornography industry.


LM: No, that was other people’s bailiwick. To me, mass-produced pornography is excruciatingly boring and the industry only a little less so. I was mostly interested in the styles of neurosis I met there.

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Regarding Millet's book, Everyone's Pretty, which we reviewed at Sex Kitten here: http://www.sex-kitten.net/2453411133339.html


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Rome: Sex & Freedom

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One of the most lasting delights and challenges of the study of the ancient world, and of the Roman Empire in particular, is the tension between familiarity and strangeness that characterizes our many approaches to it.
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Peter Brown reviews Kyle Harper's  From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity

 

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Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society’s Crusade against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil

Now in paperback, read chapter two from Banned in Boston (Beacon Press, September 2010, http://www.beacon.org/productdetails.cfm?SKU=5111).

A lively history of the Watch and Ward Society—New England's notorious literary censor.
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An excerpt (Chapter Two) to read for free.

 

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Beacon Broadside: A Queer History of the United States

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And let’s not forget that the Civil War deaths were fairly personal: you actually shot people or you bayonetted them and they were right in front of you. You did not get to be in a tank and shoot people who were 50, 150 yards away from you. The sheer amount of death was devastating to the men who fought in the Civil War, and who survived. So when we hear the Walt Whitman poems, it’s just this endless elegy to male beauty, to male sentiment, to the uniqueness of men—and quite sexualized, often, within Whitman's poetry and in his journals. On the other hand we have… not the image of the brave Union soldier or brave “Johnny Reb,” but in fact the young vulnerable boy who has simply been torn apart. So the male body becomes here, and we see this later in World War II, which we'll discuss in a later podcast, we see the male body completely heroicized and lionized for being brave, and at the same time pitiable in its vulnerability.


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Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman

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Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

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Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, this book is a fascinating portrait of a gay world that is not supposed to have existed.

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Whorestorian Sex Workers Unite!

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A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk
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How One 65-Year-Old Spent Years Making Porn -- With His Wife's Blessing

How One 65-Year-Old Spent Years Making Porn -- With His Wife's Blessing | Sex History | Scoop.it

Although Gordon toyed with the idea of becoming a rabbi, he ditched it upon discovering he'd have to study Aramaic for two years. After graduating from Antioch College in Ohio in 1970, he met his wife Carly -- who would go on to become a therapist -- and had a different kind of religious experience: "wife at first sight."

 

But something was missing from Gordon's fairly idyllic existence.

"I had my wife and I had all the love I needed. But sexually speaking, I wanted to explore something else," Gordon, now 65 years old, said. "I wanted to have a sexual experience that had nothing to do with love or relationship. I wanted some sex as 'recreation' and I wanted one of those 'bad' girls'."

 

And so, with his wife's blessing, Gordon went on to become one of the biggest porn stars of the 1970s and 1980s.


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Vintage Sex Worker Pulps | Sex~Kitten.net

Vintage Sex Worker Pulps | Sex~Kitten.net | Sex History | Scoop.it

Vintage paperbacks featuring sex work:

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The Secret Life of Gore Vidal

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In a just-published biography, "In Bed With Gore Vidal," celebrity journalist Tim Teeman delves into the intimate details of Mr. Vidal's personal life. A chat with the author.

 

...I was already fascinated by the gay man who didn’t believe in gay people only gay sexual acts, who said he was bisexual when he really wasn’t. Yet he was also a radical, maverick, fighter, and oddly never in the closet. He was such a bundle of contradictions, in private and public, around his sexuality. I wanted to unpack those. It genuinely isn’t intended to be disrespectful and salacious: all the questions emerge from Vidal himself. I set out to address them, and maybe answer a few.

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The Other Hollywood:The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry

The Other Hollywood:The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry | Sex History | Scoop.it

Much like mainstream Hollywood, the porn industry has a history full of controversy, tragedy, and crime that leads the path up to the billion dollar empire it is today.

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Although this is a different part of hollywood doesnt mean it isnt a part of hollywood and didnt make an impact on the history of film making. These can become big productions and people can become famous off them. This brought a new age of film with pornos and a new style of filming.

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James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon - Sex~Kitten.net

James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon - Sex~Kitten.net | Sex History | Scoop.it

Gracie reviews the biography of Alice Bradley Sheldon, an amazing woman who wrote award winning science fiction under the pen name of James Tiptree, Jr. from 1967 to her death in 1987. (She also occasionally wrote under the pseudonym Raccoona Sheldon from 1974–77.)

 

Tiptree was most notable for breaking down the barriers between writing perceived as inherently "male" or "female." It wasn't until 1977 that folks discovered that James Tiptree, Jr. was a woman.

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‘I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon,’ by Touré 

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A new book examines Prince’s relationship with Gen X, the group most responsible for his rise to fame.
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High Class Pornography = Lesbians In Lingerie

High Class Pornography = Lesbians In Lingerie | Sex History | Scoop.it
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The Sporting Parlor

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Wanda Lane - The Sporting Parlor
Dollar Double Books 952a, 1962
Cover Art by Robert Bonfils

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GERMAN Naked Male Gay Female Photo Book 30s man woman men Nude Germany

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GERMAN Naked Male Gay Female Photo Book 30s man woman men Nude Germany in Collectibles, Photographic Images, Antique (Pre-1940) | eBay
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Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Newhart, and other Superstars of the 70s Reveal: What Makes A Woman Good In Bed

Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Newhart, and other Superstars of the 70s Reveal: What Makes A Woman Good In Bed | Sex History | Scoop.it
Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Newhart, and other Superstars of the 70s Reveal: "What ...
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I asked them questions such as: Is there a superior cunt? Can a gynecologist tell if a woman is good when he examines her?

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thank you Gene Wilder...

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Sex Overseas: 'What Soldiers Do' Complicates WWII History : NPR

Sex Overseas: 'What Soldiers Do' Complicates WWII History : NPR | Sex History | Scoop.it

Americans often think of World War II as the "good war," but historian Mary Louise Roberts says her new book might make our understanding of that conflict "more truthful and more complex." The book, What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France, tells the story of relations between American men and French women in Normandy and elsewhere.

 

The Americans were liberators; the French were liberated. But sex created tensions and resentments that were serious, yet were utterly absent from contemporary accounts for American audiences back home. Roberts, who is professor of European history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, suggests that the tensions weren't entirely accidental: "Sex was fundamental to how the U.S. military framed, fought and won the war in Europe," she writes in her book.

 

Roberts joins NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about prostitutes in parks and cemeteries, pinups on planes and how the U.S. Army responded to rape accusations with rapid, racially charged trials.


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The History of Burlesque

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"For too long these burlesque girls have been held down on the low rung of the entertainment ladder . . . but no more" declared Dixie Evans, the former Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque.
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Fairyland: Growing Up with a Gay Dad in 70s San Francisco

Fairyland: Growing Up with a Gay Dad in 70s San Francisco | Sex History | Scoop.it

Alysia Abbott's mother liked it that her husband was bi and sometimes picked out guys for him. She also had extra flings, but she died when Alysia was two; suddenly Steve, enjoying the golden age of gay sex in San Francisco, had to raise a daughter on his own. He got aids and died before she turned 22 in 1992. Their twenty years together are the subject of her brand new memoir Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

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It seems like a worthwhile read.  The 80s were such a crazy, transitional time in terms of sex and health. My favorite example which includes both was the brief lifespan of the dietary supplement known as AYDS...perhaps the most unfortunately chosen name in marketing history.  (don't forget to try new peanut butter AYDS: http://youtu.be/q5u-bMhsuoI  --it can really help you take off the weight)

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Vintage Gay Pulp Covers

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A collection of vintage gay and lesbian pulp novel cover art.

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Five vintage French bookcovers by Alain Gourdon aka Aslan

Five vintage French bookcovers by Alain Gourdon aka Aslan | Sex History | Scoop.it
Form and fashion through French eyes.
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Dr. Samuel Johnson’s “insane thoughts on fetters and hand-cuffs” » The History of BDSM

Dr. Samuel Johnson’s “insane thoughts on fetters and hand-cuffs” » The History of BDSM | Sex History | Scoop.it

In researching the history of consensual sadomasochism, there isn’t a comprehensive body of knowledge to draw upon, no established canon of reference works, no Journal of Sadomasochistic Studies.

 

Instead, I have data points: case studies, books (often anonymous), anecdotes, images, etc. I’ll admit that sometimes what is and isn’t a data point is decided on the “I know it when I see it” principle. Connecting those points requires a certain amount of guesswork and judgment calls.

 

For example: Dr. Samuel Johnson, English man of letters of the Enlightenment, and his relationship with his close friend Hester Thrale.  The latter’s posthumous effects, sold at auction in 1823, included a padlock and fetters. Thrale identified it as “Johnson’s padlock, committed to my care in the year 1768.” In 1767 or 1768, Thrale wrote that “our stern philosopher Johnson trusted me… with a secret far dearer to him than his life”. On other occasions , she wrote that “this great, this formidable Doctor Johnson kissed my hand, ay & my foot too upon his knees!” and quoted him saying, “a woman has such power between the ages of twenty five and forty five, that she may tie a man to a post and whip him if she will.”


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Dear John Letters: An Anthology of Stories from Hookers, Customers, and Assorted Sex Workers

Dear John Letters: An Anthology of Stories from Hookers, Customers, and Assorted Sex Workers | Sex History | Scoop.it

Sex workers have become much more visible in politics and culture over the last couple of decades. Thanks to a surge of activism starting in the 1990s, memoirs and essays about sex work have become their own subgenre. Even in liberal circles, a lot of stigma still remains, but publicly admitting that you're an escort, stripper, or porn star is a lot more likely to be accepted as a valid choice.

 

But while the workers have been able to edge ever so slightly into the daylight, the clients have remained securely and silently in the shadows. With their new anthology, Johns, Marks, Tricks, and Chicken Hawks: Professionals and Clients Writing About Each Other,co-editors David Henry Sterry and R.J. Martin, Jr. are trying to shift the conversation to include both sides of the transaction. Sterry, and Martin will be reading at The Booksmith on Haight Street tonight along with several contributors. Sterry, who worked as a rent boy when he was 17, talked to us about sex, money, and how to be a good client.

 

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