Excerpted from the Introduction to Susie Brights' _Sexwise_, ISBN
1-57344-002-7 (pbk), 1-57344-003-5 (cloth).
"Furthermore, my life as a writer, artist, and woman has bene
transformed becuse of the very real gender and sexual revolutionthat
started in the 1960s and has built momentum with each decade. Every
time sexual speech has emerged from persecution and hiding, every time
sexuality has been considered in public policy and dignified debate,
my life has improved in spaces. For sexual discussion to move so
quickly from the criminal and pathological to the realm of the
creative and political is phenomenal, a triumph of honesty and
democracy over hypocrisy and elitism."
The sexual revolutionis not about purchase or performance
ratings. [...] Sexuality-as-youy-like-it has been an option only to
those with enough money and status to enjoy at their wealthy
discretion -- but not for Jane, John, and Jackie Doe. Nowadays, erotic
democracy is breaking out, as the end product of the sex
wars. Class distinctions and allowances for sexual freedom are
still intact, but they've takeni a well-deserved beating.
[...] History, unfortunatley, has not been a series of triumphs for
every-growing enlightenment. Sexual bigotry is still very much a
religion [...] Right now, fundamentalists of all persuasions have
only been titillatee with a glimpse of the largely middle-class
erotic renaissance. Yes, I know they're appalled, but they aint't seen
nothin' yet. Frankly, I'm sure my self life could be better -- so much
better than I could possibly imagine -- if their hands had never
been around my throat.