Talk Dirty to Me by Sallie Tisdale

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We live in a world in which almost every public image—every interaction—carries an element of sexual desire. And yet it is nearly impossible for us to talk openly and honestly about sex. Talk Dirty to Me is author Sallie Tisdale's frank, funny, and provocative invitation to the conversation we've been waiting for—but have been too afraid to start.

Sallie Tisdale shuns the dry style of academics and takes us on a journey through gender and desire, romance and pornography, prostitution and morality, fantasies and orgasm. She guides us through her field research of peep shows, XXX stores, and even the pornography collection of the British Library. Interweaving her own personal feelings, experiences, and revelations, she presents a brilliant, fascinating, and wholly original portrait of sex and sexuality in America, while encouraging us to explore and create our own "intimate philosophies."

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About Sallie Tisdale

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Sallie Tisdale is the author of five books, including Talk Dirty to Me. A contributing editor at Harper's magazine, and a biweekly columnist for Salon, she has published numerous articles in The New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler, The New Republic, Esquire, and Vogue. She is the recipient of a NEA Fellowship, a James Phelan Award, a 1999 Pope Foundation Fellowship for journalism, and three National Magazine Award nominations. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Published May 25, 2011 by Anchor. 353 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Professional & Technical, History. Non-fiction

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Tisdale (Stepping Westward, 1991, etc.) leads an enthusiastic amateur's tour through sex in America (with a few brief forays abroad).

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Tisdale's provocative look at sexuality relates personal experiences alongside meditations on subjects such as pornography and prostitution.

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Tisdale, who stirred controversy with her 1992 essay on pornography in Harper's, combines simplistic thinking and provocative insight in this freewheeling but tiresome meditation on female desire, sexual jealousy, orgasm, horniness, adult sex shows and much else.

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Sex may be a subject of infinite, uncategorizable richness, but .

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