Hop on the express train to sexual enlightenment with sex educator and self-avowed whore Dr. Carol Queen. Whether writing about the joys of being spanked into erotic bliss, performing in a red-light district peep show, partaking of the pleasures of the new safe sex clubs, or lobbying for the pro-pornography platform, Queen is an enthusiastic advocate for sexual pleasure.
A columnist for East Bay Express who also writes for a variety of other mainstream and alternative publications, Queen has collected many of her essays on sex in this volume. In fact, sex and the various ways it can be experienced appears to be primary focus in Queen's life, but the quality and interest level of the essays is very uneven. The best include a letter to her mother about her sex choices, one arguing why gynecologists and other physicians need better training on how to talk to patients about and during pelvic exams, and another that gives new insights into spanking as sexual pleasure. Though the essays tell in graphic detail the many ways an individual can be sexual, this book is not meant to be erotic. Its sexual content is primarily explicit, descriptive narrative. Thus, unless the reader is specifically interested in the details of Queen's sex life, the book can be quite boring. Recommended only for Bay Area or large sexual studies collections.Pauline Klein, DeKalb Cty. P.L., Decatur, Ga.