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Recommended Reading & Resources

To understand sex means to understand yourself; to understand yourself requires literacy. It’s not just that books provide information that teaches you who you are. It’s that experiencing books helps us establish inner reality at the same time. This is a partial reading list that will introduce you to some key ideas that help you both understand sexuality and help you establish interior space. Some are internet resources.

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, old translation
Woman at the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
The Function of the Orgasm by Wilhelm Reich
The Polyfidelity Primer by Ryam Nearing (rare)
"Jealousy and the Abyss" by William Pennell Rock (essay)
Eros Denied by Wayland Young
Sex for One by Betty Dodson
Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton (the original)
The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort (I prefer the first edition’s illustrations)
Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly
Waking Life (film)
The Hite Report by Shere Hite
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
Games People Play by Eric Berne
Tantra: The Indian Cult of Ecstasy by Phillip Rawson (rare)
"Compulsory Heterosexuality" by Adrienne Rich (essay)
Diving Into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich (poem)
Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man by Susan Faludi
The Compersion Collection by Eric Francis
Book of Blue by Eric Francis
Planet Waves FM