As you all know, I do not have a master's degree in sex column writing; I am merely a lady with common sense, a sex life, and a decent command of Google. I like to imagine myself as a sassy best friend or weird hippie aunt or something. In any case, in honor of the Sex Issue, here are five of my favorite female sex writers who actually know what they're talking about.
Aka Susie Sexpert, founder of On Our Backs and sex-positive feminist icon. I bought Best American Erotica 1998 (edited by Ms. Bright, as they all are) in my college bookstore with some leftover bucks from the non-refundable textbook deposit. It was my very first book of smut and I treasure it to this day. Classic! Susie blogs at susiebright.blogs.com, and has written and edited about a billion seminal (ha!) sex books.
Mistress Matisse is a professional dominatrix and writes the Control Tower column for The Stranger. Not only is she a great writer and pretty lady, she gives a fascinating (to me at least) look at the business side of dominatrixing and sex work in general on her blog at mistressmatisse.blogspot.com. She also answers sex questions and does a podcast and is really funny and smart, plus has vast insight into many interesting facets of the BDSM scene as both a pro and practitioner. Go on, bookmark that shit.
Creator of the famous Reverse Cowgirl, one of the internet's original sex blogs, Breslin's now freelance writing about all manner of things at all manner of places; she has a sex advice column called The Frisky and is like, really really tall. Recommended. Her current blogging can be found at susannahbreslin.blogspot.com.
Ms. Taormino is famous for many things—her feminist pornography, her Lambda-award-winning erotica, her sex ed workshops, her former column at the Voice, her cute glasses—and rightly so. But to me and everyone I know, her most important accomplishment has been publishing the book The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. Seriously, all chicks I know that do it in the butt learned how from that book. Buy it. Her home on the web is puckerup.com.
Rachel Kramer Bussel
What part of feminist sex-positive cupcake-loving literary pin-up doesn't sound awesome? Rachel wrote the Lusty Lady column for the Voice for years and she is an author, editor, model, and just sex person in general. She runs the In the Flesh reading series at Happy Ending, and besides all of that is just about the nicest person I have ever met. Yeah, that's right, I know famous people. rachelkramerbussel.com