Topic: books

Are There Female Lone Wolves?

Are There Female Lone Wolves?

There is a stereotype in movies and literature, perhaps one exemplified by The Wolverine (opening this Friday) that there are certain men who are just so cool, and independent, and able to shoot spikes out of their fingers that they need never settle down or find a mate. That they should probably just be lone wolves forever, because it’s their way. Weirdly, Willie Nelson embodies this notion more than Wolverine does, but let’s just go with it. Are there female equivalents? How do they compare? Let’s assess some of them. More »

Can Men Write About Sex Without Sounding Like Douchebags?

Can Men Write About Sex Without Sounding Like Douchebags?

So it’s no secret around these parts that I (and all of us at The Gloss, really) like to read and write about sex. I find it an interesting subject for a variety of reasons: it can help us understand ourselves and each other, it’s often horrifying and/or funny, there is still a taboo around talking about it, you never really stop learning about sex, it can be empowering to tell your own story, I like reading other people’s personal shit…I could go on. But one thing I’ve noticed about most of the sex writing I’ve been reading these days is that the conversation seems to be dominated by people inhabiting queer and/or feminized bodies, i.e. everyone but straight, cisgender men. Why is that? More »

On The Importance Of Growing Up With Adulting Author Kelly Williams Brown

On The Importance Of Growing Up With Adulting Author Kelly Williams Brown

As frequent readers of The Gloss know, I (as well as many of my fellow writers, I’m sure) am terrified of the future. It’s difficult to know what direction we’re all going on, let along how to get to the destination we want, let alone whether that destination is actually what we want anyway. But one thing is for sure: we are going get older, and we can only choose how to face that fact. If you, like us, are a bit utterly confused as to how to go about becoming an adult, then you should absolutely pick up Adulting: How To Become A Grown-Up In 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown. More »

Author Gets Followers To Flip The Genders Of Authors On Book Covers, With Depressing/Hilarious Results

Author Gets Followers To Flip The Genders Of Authors On Book Covers, With Depressing/Hilarious Results

The sexism that goes into deciding what an author’s book cover will look like is really quite astonishing. I wasn’t totally aware of this fact until I read this heart wrenching piece on Jezebel by author Deborah Copaken Kogan, which, among other things, detailed just how little control an author has over the marketing of her own book. It seems the literary establishment has yet to meet a new female author it can’t chicklitify.

To bring this issue to the forefront, author Maureen Johnson put out a call on Twitter for her more Photoshop savvy followers to switch the genders of the authors on the covers of well known books. And switch the genders they did. The results are as amusing as they are depressing, because they are totally spot on. Click through to see some of your favorite male authors given the chicklit treatment, and vice versa. More »

Sex Tips From History: Check Out This Terrifying ‘Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Sex’ From The 1950s

Sex Tips From History: Check Out This Terrifying 'Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Sex' From The 1950s

While hunting around for today’s Sex Tip From History, I was hoping to find something from the 1950s to illustrate just how far we’ve come in the lifespan of approximately one person. Just think: back when your parents were little kids, folks had no idea about the female g-spot, while today, we…still know very little for sure about the female G-spot. Whoops! But one area in which we have for sure made great strides is that of erotic representation. Case in point: this Illustrated Encyclopedia of Sex unearthed by LA Weekly, which, due to censorship laws in place at the time, could only depict sexual organs and arousal in the most symbolic, vague, and unintentionally(?) horrifying of ways. Let’s take a look! More »