Sugar in My Bowl

Sugar in My Bowl

Real Women Write About Real Sex

eBook - 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, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062092205
0062092200
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 238 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Jong, Erica
Contents: A fucking miracle / Elisa Albert
Worst sex / Gail Collins
Peekaboo I see you / Anne Roiphe
Prude / Jean Hanff Korelitz
Sex with a stranger / Susan Cheever
Everything must go : a short story / Jennifer Weiner
Love rollercoaster 1975 / Susie Bright
Absolutely dangerous / Linda Gray Sexton
The one who breaks my heart / Rosemary Daniell
Do I own you now? / Daphne Merkin
Let's not talk about sex / Julie Klam
My best friend's boyfriend / Fay Weldon
The diddler / J. A. K. Andres
The Dignity Channel / Jann Turner
Miss Honeypot marries : a short story / Barbara Victor
Best sex ever : a systematic review with meta-analysis / Jessica Winter
Cock of my dreams : a graphic fantasy / Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Cramming it all in : a satire / Susan Kinsolving
Reticence and fieldwork / Min Jin Lee
My first time, twice / Ariel Levy
Light me up / Margot Magowan
Herman and Margot / Karen Abbott
Somewhere I have never traveled, gladly / Meghan O'Rourke
Skin, just skin : a dramatic triologue / Eve Ensler
Reading of O / Honor Moore
Going all the way / Liz Smith
The man in question / Rebecca Walker
They had sex so I didn't have to / Molly Jong-Fast
Kiss : a short, short story / Erica Jong.
Summary: 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.

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ladxcore
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.

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LT
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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