by Lindsey Elder Alyson Publications, 2002 Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Mar 14th 2003
32 stories of women's first times
with other women.The authors describe their
experiences at ages ranging from high school to their fifties.The entries are mostly around eight pages
long, and they do a little more stage-setting than one finds in most erotica.Some tell of charged relationships that
built up over periods of several years, while others describe much more sudden
flirtations and consummations.The
stories are for the most part well written even if the authors show some
fondness for cliché. But they are clearly written as with the aim to arouse the
reader, and the writing is explicit yet relatively tasteful.These accounts are believable enough
certainly more so than accounts one might find in books like Letters
to Penthouse.Yet they also
seem to take a rather rosy view of these first experiences, portraying them not
only as wonderful expressions of love and affection but also as sexually
women's first experiences with women tend to be better than their first
experiences with men, but surely it sometimes happens that women have
difficult, embarrassing or troubling first experiences with other women.So this collection is better classed as
lesbian erotica than memoir.
Christian Perring, Ph.D., is
Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island, and editor
of Metapsychology Online Review. His main research is on philosophical
issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.
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