THE SEXPERT’S SLANT: Susie Bright on Porn, Erotica, Orange is the New Black and How Prudery Kills….

THE SEXPERT’S SLANT: Susie Bright on Porn, Erotica, Orange is the New Black and How Prudery Kills….

Twenty years ago, when Susie Bright published the first-ever anthology of women’s erotic fiction, Herotica, the publishing industry shrieked, “Women want romance, not sex!” They, of course, were wrong–way wrong. Herotica did so well that it landed Bright a new book series, The Best American Erotica, which still thrives two decades later. The Slant reached… Read More

SLANT FROM THE PAST: Mary Gaitskill on Porn, HBO’s Girls and Why Her Lit-Hit, Bad Behavior, Still Matters 25 Years Later

SLANT FROM THE PAST: Mary Gaitskill on Porn, HBO’s Girls and Why Her Lit-Hit, Bad Behavior, Still Matters 25 Years Later

When author Mary Gaitskill published Bad Behavior in 1988, critics around the country praised the collection of short stories for its originality and authenticity. Even The New York Times’ famously blistering book reviewer, Michiko Kakutani, gushed, saying that Gaitskill’s writing was “Pinteresque” and had “radar-perfect detail.” The book, populated with characters on the social and sexual fringe—prostitutes,… Read More

AND FURTHERMORE: Queer Historian Martin Duberman on Stonewall & His New Book

AND FURTHERMORE: Queer Historian Martin Duberman on Stonewall & His New Book

By 1969, Martin Duberman, one of the founding fathers of LGBT studies in the academy, had spent nearly two decades in reparative therapy, desperately trying to stamp out his same-sex desires. It took a seminal moment in gay American history—the Stonewall Riots—to compel Duberman, then 39, to defiantly and resolutely reject the psychological establishment’s “cure”… Read More

THE OTHER SLANT: Eco-Strategist Majora Carter Calls Her New York Times Profile Racist and Sexist

THE OTHER SLANT: Eco-Strategist Majora Carter Calls Her New York Times Profile Racist and Sexist

When The New York Times contacted Majora Carter, the award-winning eco-strategist from the South Bronx, she was excited. “I thought it was going to be a story about real issues: food access, economic wellbeing and the health of our community,” Carter told The Slant in an exclusive interview last month. Instead, when she read the April… Read More