Sunday, 23 June 2013

Review: The Straight Girl's Guide to Sleeping with Chicks

Let me clearly say that this is the kind of book that, if it were possible to go back in time, I would give to my 17 year old self, as I patiently and calmly explained to her that there was nothing wrong with her, and that she'd end up married to a devilishly handsome guy anyhow, but everything that she is feeling is valid, normal, and frankly, going to be a heck of a lot of fun!

The Straight Girl's Guide to Sleeping with Chicks
is fun and sassy. Most refreshing is that there's a certain realness to the playfulness that she uses when discussing girl-on-girl sexuality. I suppose I'm saying that her book comes across as being really authentic, and that's refreshing. She teases out the nuances of our culture, and points a lot of curious (pun definitely intended) gals down avenues that they themselves may have only considered in secret, or really late at night, while drunk, on the Internet. She's very entertaining and you'll definitely find that certain parts will be more dog-eared that others. That's okay, and kinda the point.

She also doesn't leave out the silly and funny details of shacking up with another gal. As has been mentioned, just because you're a woman, doesn't mean that you magically know exactly what all other women necessarily need, or want. Yes, there's an element of a second wave sisterhood in here, where we begin exploring our own bodies, so as to understand just how they work, but I don't think that's entirely a bad thing. We were all born as beautiful, sexual beings, and all Sincero is asking of us is to live up to our birthright by fooling around (drunken or not) with a female friend.

p.s. If you ever want to piss off your Mother-in-law in a way that she won't soon recover from, be sure to leave this one out in plain sight next time she's over. :P

Haleigh Cookson Clark gives this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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