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Sex for the Literarily Minded: 5 Reading Recommendations

As previous generations would have told you with a sly wink and a knowing smile there is nothing better than a warm bath and a good book. The pages of old paperback romance novels were once the go-to source for a woman who with an active imagination. Since our culture is post 50 Shades, maybe you would like to check out some of the taboo reading materials you might have missed out on. Here is a short list of recommended reads if you would like to read something that will feed your mind as well as your appetite for stimulation. If you’re into that kind of thing, that is.

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (1979)
When I first read the title story from this collection I was expecting to find an obvious and over-done menstruation metaphor. I was wrong. The ‘bloody chamber’ in question is in fact an iron maiden in a retelling of the fairy tale Blue-beard. This is just one Angela Carter’s feminist retellings of fairy-tales. In her work Carter sought to bring out the social forces she thought were truly at play in the classic tales. Carter subtly explores the cultural fetishisation of virginity and innocence that has been passed down through the centuries along with the tales themselves. Rich with symbolism, tales of Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Puss in Boots get a feminist retelling that places recognizable characters in an expanded world where love and marriage are dangerous games with cunning and monstrous players. Not for the faint of heart, the stories in the anthology challenge the way women are represented in fairy tales and in the larger culture as a whole seeing repressed female characters seeking and finding liberation in dangerous worlds.

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (1998)
Taking its title from British slang for cunnilingus, this novel follows the relationship of two lesbians in Victorian England. The book is a coming of age story about a young woman who falls in love with a male impersonator. The author uses this story as a background to comment on social issues like sexism, gender, and class issues.

Delta of Venus Anais Nin (1940)
Commissioned by an anonymous collector, this collection of short stories was unpublished until 1977. The author explores desire, dominance, masculinity, and homosexuality. Although the collector intended the work to be pornography Nin managed to bring poetry to her writing. This collection has been controversial, the author fearing the impact of the work on her reputation as a writer, but it has since been seen as pioneering work.

The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet (2002)
A memoir of the author’s sex life, this book has received critical condemnation and praise for the author’s frank and humorous descriptions of group sex and a life that was designed to accommodate pleasure and desire.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence (1928)
Themes about the relationship between the mind and body as well as the class system and social conflict are at the heart of this classic novel. Aristocratic Constance lives in an unhappy marriage after her husband is paralyzed from the waist down from a war injury.  Frustrated, she has an affair with a working class man and begins to come to the realization that she must live a physical life as well as an intellectual one.

If you happen to read one these, have read one before, or would like to recommend your own favourite story please let us know. Happy reading!

By Shannon Marie

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