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He calls me into his office and closes the door . . . to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy.   Imagine a world where erotica was written by feminists: Their daydreams include equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and Tom Hardy arriving at their doorstep to deliver a fresh case of LaCroix every week.   Both light-hearted and empowering, New He calls me into his office and closes the door . . . to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy.   Imagine a world where erotica was written by feminists: Their daydreams include equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and Tom Hardy arriving at their doorstep to deliver a fresh case of LaCroix every week.   Both light-hearted and empowering, New Erotica for Feminists is a sly, satirical take on all the things that turn feminists on. From a retelling of Adam and Eve to tales of respectful Tinder dates, New Erotica for Feminists answers the question of “What do women really want?” with stories of power, equality, and an immortal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


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He calls me into his office and closes the door . . . to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy.   Imagine a world where erotica was written by feminists: Their daydreams include equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and Tom Hardy arriving at their doorstep to deliver a fresh case of LaCroix every week.   Both light-hearted and empowering, New He calls me into his office and closes the door . . . to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy.   Imagine a world where erotica was written by feminists: Their daydreams include equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and Tom Hardy arriving at their doorstep to deliver a fresh case of LaCroix every week.   Both light-hearted and empowering, New Erotica for Feminists is a sly, satirical take on all the things that turn feminists on. From a retelling of Adam and Eve to tales of respectful Tinder dates, New Erotica for Feminists answers the question of “What do women really want?” with stories of power, equality, and an immortal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

30 review for New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay

  1. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    This was filled with many many giggles of truth.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Very funny, but there is a distinct lack of intersectional content.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Quick, funny feminist satire. I read pieces out loud to my husband (who agrees deeply on the Jeff Goldblum fantasy).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Metzger

    Well, things are about to get steamy in here!  New Erotica for Feminists takes our wildest fantasies from equal pay to a reimagining of some of our favourite films in a feminist way and makes them a reality. An excellent mix of humour and satire this is going to get you talking, one way or another.  Ok, ok, this isn't exactly the next 50 Shades, but it should be a bestseller. This is a collection that takes the worn out tropes of erotica and porn and turns them on their heads. Born from a Well, things are about to get steamy in here!  New Erotica for Feminists takes our wildest fantasies from equal pay to a reimagining of some of our favourite films in a feminist way and makes them a reality. An excellent mix of humour and satire this is going to get you talking, one way or another.  Ok, ok, this isn't exactly the next 50 Shades, but it should be a bestseller. This is a collection that takes the worn out tropes of erotica and porn and turns them on their heads. Born from a conversation between friends joking about a perfect feminist world - and so New Erotica was born.  'Imagine a world where erotica was written by feminists: Their daydreams include equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and Tom Hardy arriving at their doorstep to deliver a fresh case of LaCroix every week.' I read this in a flash and was laughing out loud the whole way through. So much so, I got a few odd looks from my partner and so I had to explain what I was reading - I'm pretty sure it confused him even more. That's the perfect thing about the collection, it doesn't try and take itself seriously, it doesn't attack anyone or anything. This makes a point because it makes you laugh at the same time. It doesn't take away from the issues - but makes them more relatable.  This doesn't take away for what we're fighting for, instead, it injects a little fun and silliness. I can imagine if you've had a day of patriarchy fuelled BS this is the perfect book to come home too. Is it a literary masterpiece that will change the tides of modern feminism? Probably not but I think it will give the lift that we need in the current climate.  Of course, I gave this 5 stars! I was completely hooked and even though as of writing, I have just finished - I want to pick it up and read all over again. This is going to make an excellent Christmas present after I've bought my own copy of course!  A huge thank you to the authors, publishers and Netgalley for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was cute and would make a great funny gift. Got through it in about an hour. Overall, I loved its sense of humor and particularly the way it bent historical and literary events to be more feminist. However, I found it to be pretty white feministy and bland. While the authors indicate they left the language open so that anyone could fill themselves in regardless of gender identity or racial background, I found the content pretty prototypical for white feminist circles.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alisa (worldswithinpages)

    Absolutely HILARIOUS! Loved so many of the stories in this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Review originally posted to www.rebeccasravereviews.wordpress.com A perfectly timely collection of hilarious anecdotes that hit that niggle you've got buried inside you, whether it's strangers commenting on your parenting, men undermining your button pushing ability in a lift, or how you wish cat callers would focus on the book tucked under your arm instead. A very short read - it only took me an hour or two at most to read - but so very uplifting in a time where everything on the news and your Review originally posted to www.rebeccasravereviews.wordpress.com A perfectly timely collection of hilarious anecdotes that hit that niggle you've got buried inside you, whether it's strangers commenting on your parenting, men undermining your button pushing ability in a lift, or how you wish cat callers would focus on the book tucked under your arm instead. A very short read - it only took me an hour or two at most to read - but so very uplifting in a time where everything on the news and your social media news feeds is doom and gloom, necessary #metoo movements, and a never ending supply of stories from women around the world that make you want to cry and yell and make some change. Reading this won't change the world, but it will improve your mood and make you feel seen, make you feel connected to other women around the world, so that when you get to the back of the book with a list of resources and what you can do to make a change, you feel recharged and ready to go!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael Schmidt

    This book is not just for women - which is what I thought at first! It's seriously thought-provoking while being very, very funny, which isn't a mix I read a lot of. I loved the Historical and Literary sections, especially Adam and Eve's REAL Bible story and a missing "My Day" column by Eleanor Roosevelt that made me laugh out loud. I love the cover too - very arresting play on a neon sign! I'm buying this for gifts for male and female friends alike this year, anyone who I think would "get it."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elly Lonon

    After reading just a few pages, I was surprised to find myself breathing harder, my heart beating faster. A few pages later I was kicking at the covers, fidgeting. As I moved to the second section my right hand started moving down my body, lower and lower, until my frantic fingers furtively probed the recesses of my pocket and withdrew my phone to call my representatives and demand they support Planned Parenthood and women's reproductive rights. Dammit. I've been putting off reading this because After reading just a few pages, I was surprised to find myself breathing harder, my heart beating faster. A few pages later I was kicking at the covers, fidgeting. As I moved to the second section my right hand started moving down my body, lower and lower, until my frantic fingers furtively probed the recesses of my pocket and withdrew my phone to call my representatives and demand they support Planned Parenthood and women's reproductive rights. Dammit. I've been putting off reading this because I just had abdominal surgery and knew to laugh would be painful. But my excitement got the best of me and I read it with only a week of recovery time. Now I'm simultaneously in agony and smiling. You may feel the same way even without surgery because while the vignettes are delivered with wit and darkly creative humor, the points the authors make about equality and inclusion are crushingly poignant. Every feminist (and we should all be feminists) with a sense of humor should read this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yoda

    Something was missing in my life, it was this book! Hilarious and makes me realize that I wasnt alone in noticing a lot of those moments of mansplaining and patronizing in your regular day-to-day life. I love it and need more. Something was missing in my life, it was this book! Hilarious and makes me realize that I wasn´t alone in noticing a lot of those moments of mansplaining and patronizing in your regular day-to-day life. I love it and need more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda Cooper

    The best bedtime reading...!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Exactly the humor I was hoping for! 😂🙌💜 Exactly the humor I was hoping for! 😂🙌🏻💜

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This books was great. A super short, zippy read that was equal parts hilarious and heart-breaking. Why heart-breaking? Because WHY THE HELL DONT WE HAVE ANY OF THIS IN 2018??? Itll take you an hour, maybe two, to read NEW EROTICA FOR FEMINISTS, and itll make you laugh. For sure. But once you get a little bit of distance from it, once you can step away from the book for a moment and really let it all seep in, youll go, WHAT THE HELL. Because what these ladies are talking about, what theyre poking This books was great. A super short, zippy read that was equal parts hilarious and heart-breaking. Why heart-breaking? Because WHY THE HELL DON’T WE HAVE ANY OF THIS IN 2018??? It’ll take you an hour, maybe two, to read NEW EROTICA FOR FEMINISTS, and it’ll make you laugh. For sure. But once you get a little bit of distance from it, once you can step away from the book for a moment and really let it all seep in, you’ll go, WHAT THE HELL. Because what these ladies are talking about, what they’re poking fun at and drawing attention to, are really simple things. Like being listened to, left alone, and trusted. About not having our bodies up for public discussion or being considered a bitch for deigning to have an opinion about something. For not wanting to get interrupted or mansplained to. It’s really very simple. But apparently it’s not because we needed this book. And I’m sure we’ll need more books like it and I hope more books keep coming out that are like it until finally, one day, shit finally sits right and it’s not needed anymore. So until then laugh. Laugh until you cry. And then drink whine and continue shredding the patriarchy piece by piece. And do it wearing a great shade of lipstick. Or not. It’s your choice, after all. 5 I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Reads & Rambles

    Despite being the ardent feminist I am, I was doubtful that I would gel with the satire in this little book, but it was actually pretty fun. Have to say the formatting of the ebook was a little frustrating; it was hard to know when each of the little vignettes were ending and when the next began. Nonetheless, most tongue in cheek scenarios were very amusing, if not a little cringe worthy on occasion. The literature and pop culture sections were my personal favourite, and I particularly enjoyed Despite being the ardent feminist I am, I was doubtful that I would gel with the satire in this little book, but it was actually pretty fun. Have to say the formatting of the ebook was a little frustrating; it was hard to know when each of the little vignettes were ending and when the next began. Nonetheless, most tongue in cheek scenarios were very amusing, if not a little cringe worthy on occasion. The literature and pop culture sections were my personal favourite, and I particularly enjoyed the cameo’s of Idris Elba and Tom Hardy in these fantasies. The book ends with a list of simple ways in which readers can make a difference, including listening to podcasts of diverse voices, or creating a little feminist book club of rebellion. The authors point out that they align with intersectional feminism, but the actual snapshots of erotica themselves could be considered somewhat lacking in diversity. However, they do redress the need to acknowledge privilege at the end, and mention supporting non-binary individuals as part of the feminist cause. All in all, not exactly a groundbreaking book, but a fun, fresh and relevant collection all the same. Thank you to Sceptre for providing me with an eBook via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This was an entertaining read. At the time I picked it up from the library, I didn't realize it originated from McSweeney's essays, but that makes sense because I love that site. This is a well-written compilation of satire around feminist erotica...essentially, most of the essays follow the structure of some cheesy/stereotypical porn-like opening paragraph, with dialogue filled with double entendres, but then you find out that they're not talking about sex but some timely feminist issue. It's This was an entertaining read. At the time I picked it up from the library, I didn't realize it originated from McSweeney's essays, but that makes sense because I love that site. This is a well-written compilation of satire around feminist erotica...essentially, most of the essays follow the structure of some cheesy/stereotypical porn-like opening paragraph, with dialogue filled with double entendres, but then you find out that they're not talking about sex but some timely feminist issue. It's creative and well done, as this easily could have become over the top and redundant. Maybe because I read it in small doses (a few essays here and there while I waited for something to microwave, etc.) it helped it not get stale or repetitive. Each essay is only a paragraph or two, so it goes quickly. While this book could easily be read all at once, I wouldn't recommend doing it that way. It also helps that the essays were grouped by theme, so it gave some structure and continuity to the essays, which also is beneficial since there are multiple writers involved. Overall, a worthy read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Niamh

    I was very kindly given an e-arc of this book through Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton. A hilarious look at the erotica genre and how it can be transformed to be more feminist friendly, and overall female-friendly. I for one cannot wait to see the fantastical retelling of Adam and Eve not trusting a 'fucking talking snake' and doing experiments on the apples in the garden of Eden. This book encapsulates erotica from all angles- the classic porn plumber/pizza man/firefighter/professor, pop I was very kindly given an e-arc of this book through Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton. A hilarious look at the erotica genre and how it can be transformed to be more feminist friendly, and overall female-friendly. I for one cannot wait to see the fantastical retelling of Adam and Eve not trusting a 'fucking talking snake' and doing experiments on the apples in the garden of Eden. This book encapsulates erotica from all angles- the classic porn plumber/pizza man/firefighter/professor, pop culture icons like Ed Sheeran (and his tribute to Agatha Christie), Tom Hardy's sparkling water delivery and Hugh Grant's spaghetti skills, to classical literature from Romeo & Juliet to The Crucible. My only complaint is that it's way too short- I would love to read more from these amazing women. Laugh out loud funny, refreshingly honest and just a little ridiculous, it's a read that'll give you a moments pause from the shit storm of reality. 'New Erotica for Feminists: Get What You Deserve, Again and Again and Again' is published on November 15th, 2018.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    A book that dares to ask the question, "what if half of the people fucking over minorities and the poor were women?" There's a distinct formula to every story in here: start off with something sexual, then SURPRISE IT'S NOT SEXUAL. In this imagined hellscape, there is no sex, no one has sex, and nothing is ever sexy because the writers aren't creative enough to imagine something both sexy and feminist. It's just trope after trope of subverting the narrative no one is pretending to expect after A book that dares to ask the question, "what if half of the people fucking over minorities and the poor were women?" There's a distinct formula to every story in here: start off with something sexual, then SURPRISE IT'S NOT SEXUAL. In this imagined hellscape, there is no sex, no one has sex, and nothing is ever sexy because the writers aren't creative enough to imagine something both sexy and feminist. It's just trope after trope of subverting the narrative no one is pretending to expect after page 3. In one they reimagine the end of Titanic where Jack and Rose both survive. In the authors' wildest fantasies, the poor still die en masse. Dream big, ladies.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Traci at The Stacks

    This book isnt quiet brace enough to really be satire that works. Its fine and smart but likes the bite that calls out society. Its comfortable in white woman feminism without truly calling out white capitalism and patriarchy. This book isn’t quiet brace enough to really be satire that works. It’s fine and smart but likes the bite that calls out society. It’s comfortable in white woman feminism without truly calling out white capitalism and patriarchy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I mean, this was pretty funny, but mostly it just made me sad that this is our life, amiright?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    I have a friend on Instagram who is a very strong feminist, and lately, I found myself reading more feminist books and doing what I do when I see a new topic - researching it and learning more about it. She had posted a snippet of this book on her Instagram page, and after reading it, I knew I had to read it. I then put in a request for our library to buy it, which they did. I placed a hold on it and was the first in our libraries to read it. I had had a terrible day at work that afternoon as I have a friend on Instagram who is a very strong feminist, and lately, I found myself reading more feminist books and doing what I do when I see a new topic - researching it and learning more about it. She had posted a snippet of this book on her Instagram page, and after reading it, I knew I had to read it. I then put in a request for our library to buy it, which they did. I placed a hold on it and was the first in our libraries to read it. I had had a terrible day at work that afternoon as was pulled into my boss's office and told off as a staff member had placed a petty complaint. I came home and was feeling awful; I needed something to cheer me up. I decided to change it to my PJs and head to bed and read New Erotica for Feminists and OMG this was precisely what I needed to cheer me up as I found myself giggling away and snapshotting some of the pages and posting them on my Instagram page. New Erotica for Feminists touched not only on the feminism side with erotic scenes but made myself feel better as I had needed a laugh. I highly recommend this book to everyone to read, and I have to admit in quite a few parts I read this to my partner as he wondered what I was giggling at, and he was like that's not funny, the thing though if you are or identify with the gender of female or consider yourself a feminist then to you, it will be.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adam M

    This was hilariously funny and sadly all too necessary. I love the humor writing McSweeney's compiles and because of them, this book was on my radar. I bought this for our library after the first 5 pages. It's smart, funny, and shorter than I was ready for because of how much I enjoyed it. Possibly my favorite part: There is a call to action in the end! The authors took the time to help us think about what we do next if we ground our teeth at the truths they skewered just pages before. A quick This was hilariously funny and sadly all too necessary. I love the humor writing McSweeney's compiles and because of them, this book was on my radar. I bought this for our library after the first 5 pages. It's smart, funny, and shorter than I was ready for because of how much I enjoyed it. Possibly my favorite part: There is a call to action in the end! The authors took the time to help us think about what we do next if we ground our teeth at the truths they skewered just pages before. A quick read with long lasting ideas disguised by sharp wit and spot on satire. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    D. Arthur

    I laughed! I cried! And afterward I phone banked for a better more feminist tomorrow!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Z.

    Do it in your bed. With friends. In the bathtub. On a work break. While waiting for your pizza rolls to cool. Wherever you are, read this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robin Morgan

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary an oxymoron is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words; the best examples of which are things like civil war, student teacher and jumbo shrimps. And now in this book, New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay; containing eight short stories, written by four marvelous authors: Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie Wittmer, which are not only satirical but also extremely oxymoronic in nature. No According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary an oxymoron is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words; the best examples of which are things like civil war, student teacher and jumbo shrimps. And now in this book, “New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay;” containing eight short stories, written by four marvelous authors: Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie Wittmer, which are not only satirical but also extremely oxymoronic in nature. No feminist would ever allow herself to placed in situations where she’d be selling herself to achieve a promotion on her job; fill a man’s desire for sexual fulfillment so he might achieve ecstasy; or fulfilled their own individualistic desire to fulfill their fantasies, like hunks bringing them gifts everyday just for being gorgeous. Erotic stories, which I’m beginning to write, can’t and would never be feministic-friendly simply because there’s just too much juxtaposition between the concepts of these two ideals. Yet, I found reading these gave me a totally different and a rather amusing prospective of what it would be like if feminists would actually write the different types of hot, steamy erotic stories many women love to read to fulfill their own fantasies. The stories in this book might also be somewhat energizing in the tongue-in-cheek manner in the way it deals with things which are actually turn-ons for feminist. Given the above, I’m happy to give these four authors and this book the 5 STARS it has gotten from this reviewer.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Erotic Fantasy Turned on its Head for Feminists Fantasies can be fun. This book has some remarkably funny short erotic stories, but it also gives you food for thought. How many of us have seethed because the guy standing with us pushes the elevator button after we do just to make sure we really did it? Not erotica, but a great take on reality. This book is diverse in its content covering the workplace, parenting, pop culture, and a bow to classical literature with Romeo and Juliet, among other Erotic Fantasy Turned on it’s Head for Feminists Fantasies can be fun. This book has some remarkably funny short erotic stories, but it also gives you food for thought. How many of us have seethed because the guy standing with us pushes the elevator button after we do –just to make sure we really did it? Not erotica, but a great take on reality. This book is diverse in it’s content covering the workplace, parenting, pop culture, and a bow to classical literature with Romeo and Juliet, among other topics. I particularly liked the section with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This is a great book to read by yourself when you need cheering up. It’s also good if you’re angry at the way the world is treating you. Lots of good reinforcement here. I think it’s particularly good to share with friends. It was written by friends talking about the things that pissed them off. It can be a great way to get into a discussion with your feminist friends or colleagues. I enjoyed the book. It’s very quick to read the first time, but like ice cream or chocolate to really enjoy it you need to got back for more. I received this book from Dutton for this review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    i read this last night before going to bed and i only meant to read a few chapters/vignettes but i ended up reading literally the entire thing in one night! i basically laughed the entire time and it was so good and clever and inspiring i can't wait to recommend to everyone i know ever. edit: as a bi/latina woman, i appreciated that the book was v open and easy to insert myself in with lack of racial characteristics/use of both she/he/they pronouns throughout the book referring to romantic/sexual i read this last night before going to bed and i only meant to read a few chapters/vignettes but i ended up reading literally the entire thing in one night! i basically laughed the entire time and it was so good and clever and inspiring i can't wait to recommend to everyone i know ever. edit: as a bi/latina woman, i appreciated that the book was v open and easy to insert myself in with lack of racial characteristics/use of both she/he/they pronouns throughout the book referring to romantic/sexual partners. it was clearly done with the intent of making this book enjoyable to women/nonbinary/poc/queer readers alike.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amber Sweat

    I bought this book right before boarding my flight, but then my flight got delayed for 40 minutes (I am STILL waiting, as I type this) and I finished it in that allotted time. A SUPER quick read, and I seriously laughed out loud. Im always wary about books like this, because I worry that theyll trivialize feminism in the name of comedy, but this book strikes a fantastic balance between the erotic and satire. I bought this book right before boarding my flight, but then my flight got delayed for 40 minutes (I am STILL waiting, as I type this) and I finished it in that allotted time. A SUPER quick read, and I seriously laughed out loud. I’m always wary about books like this, because I worry that they’ll trivialize feminism in the name of comedy, but this book strikes a fantastic balance between the erotic and satire.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Trin

    The best of these might cause you to crack a smile or chuckle at the #relatable content. The worst are obvious, repetitive, and just not that funny. The authors come at certain actual political topics, and certain pop culture elements, from angles that are just...odd. Also, as with those mildly amusing (then increasingly annoying) "Porn for Women" books of yore, I feel the need to point out that the idea erotica for this feminist would have, you know, some actual fucking in it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I appreciate the satire, showing in a humorous way the unrealistic expectations women face daily. I would have liked more length from many of the passages--they were just too dang short! That said, I liked the bredth of the situations covered. My favorite passage inluded a shout-out to Aparna Nancherla, my favorite comedian. I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sage

    This book was such a quick read, and made me laugh out loud the entire time! I loved how it was broken up into sections for parents, pop culture, historical, literary etc. I laughed but also GAAAAAAAHHHHH why arent some/all of these scenarios real in 2018??? #EqualPayForStarters This book was such a quick read, and made me laugh out loud the entire time! I loved how it was broken up into sections for parents, pop culture, historical, literary etc. I laughed but also GAAAAAAAHHHHH why aren’t some/all of these scenarios real in 2018??? #EqualPayForStarters

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