Most anthologies I’ve read have included bits I liked, bits I didn’t like, and bits that made me sit up and think. Best Sex Writing 2012 is probably the most startling anthology I have ever read–but then, it is about sex, which has more facets than…well, a snowflake.
This is the first Best Sex Writing edition I’ve read–2010 is sitting in a box somewhere–and I wasn’t quite prepared for the range of styles, let alone topics. In this book you’ll find everything from powerful indictments of the media’s treatment of sexuality and sexual violence to an exploration of the real depth and breadth of male sexuality, written as a guide to the care and feeding of the author’s own penis. I was particularly pleased by the inclusion of a piece on queerness in Latino/a culture, and a touching piece written by senior sex expert Joan Price on how she healed from the loss of her great love and grew to re-accept her sexuality.
But I’m not the expert on this book. Take a listen to the creator and editor of this series.
Whether you’re fascinated by sexuality, or interested in social critiques, or are a just plain nerd interested in sex (and I use the word nerd with great love) You should definitely check out this book.