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Recommended Reading: Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

18 Jun , 2017  

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Sex at DawnHOT SUMMER READS: Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships authored by Drs. Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha is a captivating narrative that outlines the history of our sexuality. Newsweek calls it ““Funny, witty, and light” and Dan Savages says it is “the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey unleashed Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.” What are you reading this summer?

Sex at Dawn | Publisher: Harper Perennial

Want more Sex At Dawn? Check out Sex at Dawn IV on Dr. Suzy.TV

 

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Block Book Features: Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

27 Dec , 2016  

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Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

“In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

Serano’s well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. In this provocative manifesto, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire. In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today’s feminists and transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity—in all of its wondrous forms.”

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Block Book Features: “When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends”

26 Dec , 2016  

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When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends

“When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Années folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them—one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. Mary McAuliffe traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior. The epicenter of all this creativity, as well as of the era’s good times, was Montparnasse, where impoverished artists and writers found colleagues and cafés, and tourists discovered the Paris of their dreams. Major figures on the Paris scene—such as Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and Proust—continued to hold sway, while others now came to prominence—including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Cole Porter, and Josephine Baker, as well as André Citroën, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, and the irrepressible Kiki of Montparnasse. Paris of the 1920s unquestionably sizzled. Yet rather than being a decade of unmitigated bliss, les Années folles also saw an undercurrent of despair as well as the rise of ruthless organizations of the extreme right, aimed at annihilating whatever threatened tradition and order—a struggle that would escalate in the years ahead. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, Mary McAuliffe brings this vibrant era to life.”

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Block Book Features: Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love

25 Dec , 2016  

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Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love

A funny, fresh, and moving antidote to conventional attitudes about sex and the single woman

Emily Witt is single and in her thirties. Up until a few years ago, she still envisioned her sexual experience “eventually reaching a terminus, like a monorail gliding to a stop at Epcot Center.” Like many people, she imagined herself disembarking, finding herself face-to-face with another human being, “and there we would remain in our permanent station in life: the future.” But, as many of us have found, things are more complicated than that. Love is rare and frequently unreciprocated. Sexual experience doesn’t necessarily lead to a future of traditional monogamy―and why should it? Have we given up too quickly on the alternatives? In Future Sex, Witt explores Internet dating, Internet pornography, polyamory, and avant-garde sexual subcultures as sites of possibility. She observes these scenes from within, capturing them in all their strangeness, ridiculousness, and beauty. The result is an open-minded, honest account of the contemporary pursuit of connection and pleasure.”

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The Fetish Coloring Book | Magnus Frederiksen

26 Oct , 2016  

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The Fetish Coloring Book

“The Fetish Coloring Book” contains equal amounts of both naked women and men. It is a perfect gift for nearly every occasion, from Valentine’s Day, to bachelorette parties. Packed with over 50 images, it is a remarkable way to say “I love you” on Grandma’s birthday, your friend’s birthday, your mother’s birthday, your colleague’s birthday, and so on, and so on.”

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The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age | Myra MacPherson

24 Oct , 2016  

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The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age

“A fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world…”

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75 Fun & Free Things to Do in L.A. Every Angeleno Should Try in 2016 | We Like L.A.

14 Jun , 2016  

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New to Los Angeles and need a few ideas on how to explore one of the busiest cities in the world? Or are you just a local who wants to see more  of your city? In either case you’re in luck, We Like L.A.’s  Brian Champlin has compiled a hefty list of things to do in Los Angeles that is sure to keep you busy through the summer and beyond. READ MORE

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Recommended Reading: Classic Sex Positions Reinvented by Moushumi Ghose

9 May , 2016  

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Moushumi Ghose is a musician, and writer…[She] writes for various webzines on the topics of sexuality, intimacy, and relationships.” In her book Classic Sex Positions Reinvented she provides pix and techniques for mutually pleasurable sex. | Also seen on the Dr. Susan Block Show.  Classic-Sex-Positions-Reinvented

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