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Rachel Kramer Bussel
I’ll have the very exciting Best Sex Writing 2012, which I edited and Susie Bright guest judged, table of contents soon, covering everything from SlutWalk to gays in the military to the queer history of the Meatpacking District, sex drugs, non-monogamy, female orgasm, testicles, sex scandals, atheists, media criticism (of Newsweek and The New York Times, specifically), butch/femme, circumcision and public policy, sex work and much more. I promise it’s all provocative, intelligent and fascinating. So, if you write for a publication or would like to somehow cover Best Sex Writing 2012, email me at rachel at bestsexwriting.com with “BSW 2012” in the subject and your name, mailing address and publication. Books will be sent out in mid-December. There will also be a virtual book tour and probably NYC and SF events. Thank you!
The new film Shame, starring an often-nude Michael Fassbinder as Brandon, with Carey Mulligan as his sister, Cissy, directed by Steve McQueen, is drawing lots of buzz and discussion about whether sex addiction actually exists.
Fassbinder plays a man for whom sex, often with sex workers and strangers, is an escape from the horrors of his childhood; horrors which are never fully detailed, but left to the viewer’s imagination. Fassbinder is seen strolling languidly around his apartment in the buff, having sex facing a window, viewable by the Manhattan masses, compulsively masturbating in his office’s bathroom, and generally looking for the next woman, women, or, in one scene, man, to get off with.
The film is intense and disturbing, the sex scenes far from erotic, deliberately so. I don’t know if I’ve ever watched a movie where there was such a stark contrast between what we are supposed to think sex is like — namely, that it’s sexy — and the clear terror that it actually was for Brandon; because it surely is not an actual escape. Even on a date with a coworker, he’s not good at making casual conversation; she asks what he thinks of marriage and he wonders why anyone would want to be tied down their whole life.
While the film never tells us what childhood demons Brandon and his sister are actually fighting, they don’t need to. Clearly, he has issues, and is working through them — or at least, thinks he is — via mostly anonymous sex….
A Preview of one of the great pieces from BEST SEX WRITING 2012, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Best Sex Writing 2012 explores the smarter side of sexuality.” -Galleycat @cleispress @raquelitahttp://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/bella-notte-the-codex-file-coming-attractions_b44874
DEAR ISADORA: I am a man of 27 who hopes to marry and have a family someday. When I was a teenager, I was hit in the groin by a baseball and I worry that I may have become sterile from that injury. Is there any way to check?
Answer: A sperm count is very easy to have done. Ask your doctor for a laboratory recommendation and bring a fresh sample of semen into the lab for a sperm count. That can tell immediately if there might be problems in the future.