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Sugar in My Bowl

Sugar in My Bowl

Real Women Write About Real Sex

Book - 2011
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When it comes to sex, what do women want? In this eye-opening 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." 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 have 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 states in her powerful introduction: "the truth is--sex is life."--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061875762
Characteristics: xvii, 238 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Jong, Erica


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Dec 13, 2014

It's probably obvious, but in case you were wondering, this is a book by, about, and for straight cis women, in which trans women only exist as a joke. You can also expect lots of casual racism.

Jun 25, 2012

The stories in this collection are not erotica for the most part. Most are observant, well-written essays on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century, struggling with the ramifications of sex and love. Some of the dilemmas that lust and love have always created for humanity appear in force, while in other stories, the particular quandaries of women are the focus. Interestingly, one of the flatter contributions to the book was written by Molly Jong-Fast, daughter of editor Erica Jong and author in her own right. Jong-Fast takes a smugly reactionary tone when she described the influence of her famously adventurous mother on her own sexual development. Even so, I couldn't suppress the suspicion that her work was included in the anthology due to her relationship with her mother as opposed to any particular acuity on her part. Possibly Jong-Fast's piece was intended as a sort of fairness check, a counter-balance to the freewheeling ideas of Jong and certain other authors in the anthology. In any case, Jong-Fast misses no opportunity to point out that her relative sexual ennui (or at least, her sexual reservations and her unwillingness to make sex an all-important frame of reference) are predictable responses to various lapses in parental judgement that occurred in the course of her unconventional upbringing.

PrimaGigi Oct 13, 2011

This is the second time that Ms. Jong has disappointed me. Not every feminist agrees or will see eye-to-eye; but we do agree we are willing to support the tribe. This is one of those moments I don't get why Jong is considered part of the Feminist book list? The stories had no rhyme or reason, they where just randomly put together. I was expecting erotica, realization of the body and the mind, overcoming fears, body issues and the like. There is none of that in this book, it's about damaged love, prudes and diddling little kids. I do understand that a young child's awaking into sex and anything of sexual nature is important and we should take this time to help said girl view it as positively as possible. How exactly could I take any of this seriously when someone calls masturbation, diddling?


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