Between the sheets: top 10 most provocative books out this month

The best books on sex, sexuality, and gender (re)released this October.

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Prude: Lessons I Learned When My Fiance Filmed Porn (9/24/2013)
by Emily Southwood

Publisher's Description: Emily Southwood considered herself to be sexually liberal—until her fiancé landed a job filming porn for a network reality TV show and her whole world changed overnight. Once confident in her relationship, she suddenly felt jealous, insecure, and obsessively comparative to the porn stars her fiancé was around everyday. She was forced to confront feelings she didn’t even know she had: about the treatment of women in the porn industry, the hush-hush attitude toward women watching pornography, and the unrealistic expectations about sex that are often propagated by porn.

Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man For Rent (10/8/2013)
by David Henry Sterry

Publisher's Description: David Sterry was a wide-eyed son of 1970s suburbia, but within his first week looking for off-campus housing on Sunset Boulevard he was lured into a much darker world — servicing the lonely women of Hollywood by night. Chicken—the word is slang for a young male prostitute—revisits this year of living dangerously, in a narrative of dazzling inventiveness and searing candor. Shifting back and forth from tales of Sterry's youth—spent in the awkward bosom of a disintegrating dysfunctional family—to his fascinating account of the Neverland of post—sixties sexual excess, Chicken teems with Felliniesque characters and set pieces worthy of Dionysus. And when the life finally overwhelms Sterry, his retreat from the profession will leave an indelible mark on readers' minds and hearts.

The Posh Girl's Guide to Play: Fantasy, Role Play & Sensual Bondage (10/8/2013)
by Alexis Lass

Publisher's Description: Alexis Lass leads you into the romantic and wildly glamorous world of dominance and submission, and engages her lover, Mr. H, to address the interests of your play partner. Blending their his-and-her stories with encouraging, down-to-earth advice, Lass confides how to enter the world of fantasy and enjoy the power and delight of role play—all while feeling safe and sensual. Along the way, she shares insider wisdom on the psychological aspect of this kind of intimacy, including: establishing trust between partners, the yoga-like benefits of submission and sensory deprivation, exploring secret fantasies, building erotic tension, advancing the play (for the adventurous).

Fifty Shades of Bliss: The Ultimate Guide to Spicing Up Your Sex Life (10/1/2013)
by Lexie Sutton

Publisher's Description: With 50 raunchy chapters leading from vanilla sex all the way to sinful BDSM thrills, this handy no-holds-barred guide is packed with delicious hints, tips, and eye-opening ideas for exploring naughty and thrilling new games together. Playful and practical, and covering everything from stripping to submission, this sweet treat of a book will lead readers and their partners to blissful new heights.

SCUM Manifesto (10/8/2013)
by Valerie Solanas

Publisher's Description: First circulated on the streets of Greenwich Village in 1967, the SCUM Manifesto is a searing indictment of patriarchal culture in all its forms. Shifting fluidly between the worlds of satire and straightforward critique, this classic is a call to action—a radical feminist vision for a different world. This is an update of the essential AK Press edition, with a new foreword.

Are the Lips a Grave?: A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex (10/8/2013)
by Lynne Huffer

Publisher's Description: Lynne Huffer's ambitious inquiry redresses the rift between feminist and queer theory, traversing the space of a new, post-moral sexual ethics that includes pleasure, desire, connection, and betrayal. She begins by balancing queer theorists' politics of sexual freedoms with a moralizing feminist politics that views sexuality as harm. Drawing on the best insights from both traditions, she builds an ethics centered on eros, following Michel Foucault's ethics as a practice of freedom and Luce Irigaray's lyrical articulation of an ethics of sexual difference.

Sex and Sexuality in Classical Athens (10/31/2013)
by James Robson

Publisher's Description: From courtship and marriage to adultery and prostitution, this book takes a broad look at the sex lives and sexual beliefs of ancient Athenians. Chapters such as "same-sex relationships" and "sex and the law" explore both ancient accounts of sexual behaviour and the different ways in which modern scholars have understood them. This book also contains a wide selection of original sources, providing direct access to the ancient evidence. Through engaging with ancient documents and modern debates, readers are encouraged to reach their own conclusions about the scholarly controversies that still rage about this fascinating area of Greek life.

Queen and Country: Same Sex Desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945 (10/22/2013)
by Emma Vickers

Publisher's Description: The first study of its kind in the UK, Queen and Country examines the complex intersection between same-sex desire and the British Armed Forces during the Second World War. It illuminates how men and women lived, loved and survived in an institution which, at least publicly, was unequivocally hostile towards same-sex activity within its ranks. Queen and Country also tells a story of selective remembrance and the politics of memory, exploring specifically why same-sex desire continues to be absent from the historical record of the war. In examining this absence, and the more intimate minutiae of cohesion, homosociability and desire, Queen and country pushes far beyond traditional military history in order to cast new light on one of the most widely discussed conflicts of the twentieth century.

What Is the Meaning of Sex? (10/31/2013)
by Denny Burk

Publisher's Description: We live in a world that loves it without understanding it. This book clearly explains the truth about sex and winsomely responds to society’s evolving views on human sexuality and gender. From marriage to birth control, homosexuality to singleness, What is the Meaning of Sex? sets forth a distinctly Christian perspective, equipping you to engage our confused culture with a God-glorifying vision of human sexuality.

The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men-and Our Economy (10/17/2013)
by Caryl Rivers

Publisher's Description: For the first time in history, women make up half the educated labor force and are earning the majority of advanced degrees. It should be the best time ever for women, and yet... it’s not. Storm clouds are gathering, and the worst thing is that most women don’t have a clue what could be coming. In large part this is because the message they’re being fed is that they now have it made. But do they? In The New Soft War on Women, respected experts on gender issues and the psychology of women Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett argue that an insidious war of subtle biases and barriers is being waged that continues to marginalize women. Although women have made huge strides in recent years, these gains have not translated into money and influence

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