Los Angeles Review of Books: Sluts in Form and Content: A Conversation Between Sarah Yanni and Michelle Tea

“THE UNIVERSE IS low-key slutty all the time,” writes McKenzie Wark in “Here She Comes,” a short prose piece appearing in SLUTS, the new, debut anthology from Michelle Tea’s Dopamine press. With contributions from nearly 40 writers and artists, Tea’s anthology is an ecstatic journey through sex and queerness, youth and discovery. Purposely avoiding categorization […]

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Electric Literature: In “Women! In! Peril!,” Defying Societal Norms Is an Act of Reclamation

Electric Literature: In “Women! In! Peril!,” Defying Societal Norms Is an Act of Reclamation

Jessie Ren Marshall lives on an off-the-grid farm on Hawai’i Island. Women! In! Peril!, her irreverent stories are, as the title suggests, about women of various guises facing messy, precarious situations. This partial list of protagonists is a good indicator of Marshall’s amplitude: an Asian sex robot trying to outlast her return policy, a lesbian […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: Porn Star and Feminist: On Jane Kamensky’s “Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution”

Los Angeles Review of Books: Porn Star and Feminist: On Jane Kamensky’s “Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution”

“DID PORN KILL feminism?” asked Amia Srinivasan in her widely read book The Right to Sex (2021). In the internet age, it sure can look that way. As Srinivasan pointed out, top commercial porn sites host billions of visitors every month. Today’s college students grew up with those sites just a click away. Many had […]

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Electric Literature: I Left A Man I Love To Pursue A Truer Life

Electric Literature: I Left A Man I Love To Pursue A Truer Life

“AM I A LESBIAN?” by Rachael Marie Walker Well, well, well. Look at you, @teen-w00lf, back again. You’ve taken this quiz sixteen times. How many times can quiz creator @leavebritneyalone696969 tell you what you are? What are you so afraid of?  It’s up to you if you want to continue. Remember: These quizzes are just […]

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Electric Literature: Alvina Chamberland Takes a Scalpel to Straight Men’s Secret Attraction to Trans Women

Electric Literature: Alvina Chamberland Takes a Scalpel to Straight Men’s Secret Attraction to Trans Women

Alvina Chamberland’s debut novel, Love the World or Get Killed Trying, is an explosive work of autofiction that combines playful and poetic prose, zingy social commentary, and razor-sharp gallows humor. The novel is structured as a stream-of-consciousness travelogue where we journey around Europe with the novel’s protagonist, an opinionated trans woman coming up to her […]

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Electric Literature: A Workshop for Shame and Sexual Energy

Electric Literature: A Workshop for Shame and Sexual Energy

“Erotic Bodywork” by Mark Bessen Standing in line at the H-E-B checkout, I’m mindlessly deleting emails when a photo of a naked, pornographically hot beefcake stretched out on a massage table illuminates my screen. I recoil and quickly pull the front of my jacket around the phone, worried I’ll scandalize a wayward shopper, or worse, […]

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