Magazine article Herizons

With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn

Magazine article Herizons

With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn

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WITH A ROUGH TONGUE: FEMMES WRITE PORN

Edited by Amber Dawn and Trish Kelly

ARSENAL PULP, 2005

Review by Megan Butcher

This collection is successful not simply because it's the signpost of a certain marginalized identity coming into its own. This is a successful collection of sex writing because it's hot and it's well-written.

Amber Dawn and Irish Kelly have created a cohesive, varied collection. Obviously, there's at least one femme in every story. This creates enough of a through line that the collection makes sense as a whole, but it's not so blatant that readers would be bored halfway through the book.

There are many ways to be femme, as the drag queen giving a cabbie a blowjob in "A Free Ride" or the tough narrator of "early 90s NY femme memory #1" would attest. In terms of tone, we get the measured pace and sweaty crescendos of "Through Winter Light"; the lyrical undoing of a vulnerable butch in the heart-wrenching "Fisherman"; the snarky, vicious romp of "Dr. …

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