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List of Great Erotica Reads Plus Videos – Women Orgasm While Reading

A listing of some books people mentioned at the last Salon, in response to an Adult Sex-Ed Question: “What are some really good erotica readings?” Presumably to get turned on while reading. Before you read the list (below this article) you might be interested in several short videos of women getting turning on while reading, but not by the words – a hidden vibrator. Fun to watch nonetheless.

Women Orgasm While Reading… For The Sake Of Art, Of Course (NSFW)

In the videos below, a series of women sit at a desk and read a book of their choosing aloud. As their reading session continues, you may notice a quickness of breath, some fumbling over easily legible words, light panting, shivering, giggling and moaning.

No, these physical reactions aren’t responses to the texts themselves, but rather to an unseen assistant pleasuring said women with vibrators under the table. Eventually, they climax. The piece, by artist Clayton Cubitt, is titled “Hysterical Literature,” and is slated to go on view as part of Mass MoCA’s “Bibliothecaphilia“ exhibition later this month.

I sat the readers at a table,” Cubitt told The Daily Beast, “and I showed what society wants to see on top of the table, and I hid the sex under the table. I wanted to see what people would react to more: what they could see, or what they imagined.”

“Bibliothecaphilia” addresses the quiet, mystical allure of the library — a space of escape, of solitude, of transcendence. With the rise of eBooks and library apps, these strange sacred spaces sometimes teeter on becoming obsolete. The group show features artists who unpack our appetites for libraries in all their physical and mythical glory.

While Cubitt’s video series certainly touches on the love of libraries, it simultaneously explores themes of feminism, sexuality, hysteria and authenticity. The moving portraits, shot in stark black-and-white, are part fine art, part viral click-bait, part literary ode, part pornography.

I’m quite fascinated with the concepts of control and release when it comes to portraiture, especially in this modern of era of social networking profile self-portraits and Instagram, when everyone has a well-practiced notion of personal branding,“ Cubitt explained to The Daily Dot. “What’s left for the portraitist to capture? One can shock the sitter out of that plastic smile. I’m attempting to lead them back to something real.”

Despite the obvious erotic appeal of Cubitt’s project, the importance extends beyond just sex. For many of the female participants, the session presented an opportunity for women to proudly express their sexualities and retain their power — a man is never pictured on screen. “This is my revolutionary act of selfishness,” wrote one participant of her experience, “my virtual picket sign… my one-woman rally… my rebel yell… my sedentary march… a call for dialogue and understanding.”

Other participants commented on the biased and frustrating response to the piece, which unapologetically displayed the taboo image of female pleasure. “But despite being a project I’m deeply proud of, it has been challenging to deal with the intense scrutiny by the art world for my participation in this work, while my male counterpart rarely dealt with any,” said photographer and artist Marne Lucas, who appears in session nine.

The series title, “Hysterical Literature,” alludes to Victorian-era treatments for female “hysteria,” which often incorporated vibrating patients. It also evokes associations to the religious ecstasies of the middle ages, as the subjects’ spoken words are imbued with erotic ecstasy.

The films, at once intellectually and sexually stimulating, juxtapose the cultured pursuit of reading with the more deviant pastime of masturbation. “I don’t remember exactly when I decided to combine this with reading.“ Cubitt explained, “At some point it occurred to me that the choice of books is such a personal one, that it could serve as a proxy for our idealized personality, while the physical distraction could try to destroy it. And that also allowed me to poke fun at the idea that our mind is somehow ‘better’ or more ‘us’ than our body. How nobly we view the act of reading, compared to the act of sex.”

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/15/clayton-cubitt_n_6472188.html

At last Tuesday’s Salon April 19, I mentioned this woodcut. s

Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife”

EROTICA BOOK LISTING

Jon sent the following email:

“The authors I mentioned the other night were Emma Holly and Cecilia Tan. I may have mentioned a few others but I can’t remember offhand.

Holly writes erotic romances, often delving into paranormal erotica and BDSM. Some of her works are more toward mainstream romance, but when she turns toward *erotic* erotica she writes some of the best sex scenes I’ve ever seen in print. I recommend All U Can Eatand Cooking Up A Storm– both contemporary erotica standalone books. Her website is http://emmaholly.com/

Cecilia Tan is one of my personal heroes. Not only does she fuse sci-fi/fantasy/speculative fiction with erotica, often with BDSM & LGBTQ themes, she also founded Circlet Press (“Erotica for Geeks”, http://circlet.com/) which is devoted to publishing that genre. Her short story collection Black Feathersis a good starting point, or her novel The Velderet. Her personal website is http://ceciliatan.com/.

I also mentioned BookBub (http://bookbub.com/), which collects discounted and free ebook offers. I subscribe to their daily newsletter, which nearly always includes at least one erotica title (too often along the lines of the dreaded “Sexy Billionaire” trope) and often has free titles. There are similar services out there but so far BookBub is the only one I know of that includes erotica.

Who else? Janine Ashbless (http://www.janineashbless.com/), Rose Caraway’s The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica, (S&S’s Cleis Press imprint, http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Sexy-Librarians-Big-Book-of-Erotica/Rose-Caraway/9781627780773), and a big shout out to anything by Logan Belle (the author, not to be confused with the singer-songwriter: http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Logan-Belle/406674085).

That’s all I’ve got for now.” – Thank you Jon

 

I would like to add: Violet Blue, an erotica author and editor. Her website https://www.tinynibbles.com has a great blog and links to her work at Literate Smut on her menu bar.

 

 

TONIGHT-The Erotic Literary Salon-The Adult Sex-Ed Salon, July 23 Sexual Being with Brittany Policastro and Dr. Timaree

Tonight’s theme for the Adult Sex-Ed Salon: How to Negotiate Sexual Disparity in a Relationship: Some vs. None, Light vs. Heavy, BDSM vs. Vanilla, More vs. Less, all extremes and differences. Attendees will get to submit questions anonymously and the audience will share experiences and insights. I will provide suggestions based on studies and what I have learned through my private practice.

Walter (“not from another planet, but he is another planet,” labeled Jon reader at the Salon. Walter will help facilitate this portion of the Salon.

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The following information is taken from Brittany Policastro’s site. I don’t know her, but do know Dr. Timaree Schmit, PhD. She will certainly bring her sex-positive outlook on sexuality to the event.

Sexual Being with Brittany Policastro and Dr. Timaree

In this unique and powerful collaboration I am teaming up with sexologist and sex educator, Dr. Timaree Schmit PhD. and we are bringing you tools, yoga practices, conversations and education about sex, sexuality and sexual health in a safe and judgment free environment.

So often sex is pushed into the shadows where it’s covered with shame and guilt and so much judgment. So let’s bring the sexual discussion into the light. From our bodies, to our orgasms, to our sexual health, it’s time to start talking.

The Details:

When: Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 22

Where: The Maas Building 1325 Randolph Street, Philadelphia

Investment: Early Pricing- $249
After July 1- $299

The Layout:
Day 1
9:00 am – Introductions
9:30-11am – Body witness yoga practice and meditation with Brittany
11:15-1pm – Body Love: Body image- Social Constructionist, Historical, body love and practical advice with Timaree
1-2pm – Lunch
2-3:30pm – Pleasure, Guilt and Needs- Chakras and Sex with Brittany
330-4:30pm – Sexercise workout Timaree
430-5pm – Closing Circle

Day 2
9-9:30am – Check in
9:30-11am – Sexual Awakening yoga practice and meditation with Brittany
11:15-1pm – Sexual Wellness: orgasms, guilt/shame, sexual health, getting away from goal-oriented sexuality with Timaree
1-2pm – Lunch
2-3pm – Forgiveness and healing our sexual stories with Brittany
3-3:45pm – Art Therapy with Timaree
3:45-4:30pm – Pelvic floor work with Timaree
4:30-5pm – Closing circle

There is so much to unpack around the topic of our own sexual being- so much that tends to get pushed down and repressed. This is an opportunity to come together in a safe, inclusive space to talk openly about your thoughts, feelings and curiosities around sex, body image, wellness and sexual health. Let’s bring the conversation out of the shadows and into the light. Together.

For more information and to sign up please visit http://www.livingbeyondasana.com/sexual-being/

Press Release-Mar 15- Featured Presenter Sascha Illyvich

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon, Featuring “The Bad Boy of Romance” Sascha Illyvich, Along With Attendee Readers, Tuesday, March 15.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PCSalons@gmail.com – contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière,

PCSalons@gmail.comreserve a time slot to read at Salon (5 min max)

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – guidelines for reading.

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – blog: events, Salon notices, erotica, and guidelines.

The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, March 15. Sascha Illyvich’s erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio.  Recently, “Torn to Pieces” was a USA TODAY recommended read.

Sascha will be reading from “Slow Burn: A Sexy Spy Thriller”, a sexy spy thriller, which is a bestseller in mystery, thriller and suspense, along with paranormal werewolves and shifters on Amazon.  This fast paced romance features a puma shifting ex spy charged to protect the empathic lead singer of a death metal band from a radical group of terrorists bent on eliminating the shifter community. https://saschaillyvichauthor.com

Prior to Readings – Adult Sex-Ed

Topic – Walter & Dr. Susana Mayer will facilitate the Adult S+x-Ed Q&A

Approximately twenty attendees will also entertain with their 5-minute erotica, sex memoirs, rants, short stories and poetry.

PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 65 or more individuals. Approximately 20 participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken word performers of original works/words of others, the rest just come to listen, enjoy and applaud. Frances, our resident nonagenarian (98 years young) occasionally recites her original erotica.

Salons gather the 3rd Tuesday of every month at TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge), 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (limited seating), for cocktails, food and conversation. Adult Sex-Ed between 7:15-7:45, readings begin at 8:00. Admission is $12, discounted for students and seniors to $10. Salon attendees must be 21.

Creator of this event, Dr. Susana, is Philadelphia’s best-known sexologist. She lends her voice to the Salon by offering relevant information to support the discussions that arise in the Salon and blog.

…surprisingly comfortable….Salon devotees praise her for the space she has created….”

“I think Susana is doing a very brave thing.”

Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2010

“There are laughter and tears along with the hot rush of blood – to the face.

Daily News, March 15, 2010

“I never knew such a life of honesty could exist. I finally found a home I can be comfortable in…this event changed my life.

First-time attendee and reader 2013

 

 

Free Movie – Power Erotic

Human sexuality documentary – I am a sexuality educator and have been given permission to share this film. The people who access this site are usually interested in learning about sexuality. It is powerful, at times disturbing, and definitely not for young eyes.

At some point I shall devote the Adult Sex-Ed portion of the Erotic Literary Salon to the subject of this film.

Power Erotic Official Trailer (The gay 50 Shades of Grey) from L. F. on Vimeo.

Full length film – https://vimeo.com/130975397 – PASSWORD – POWER