Jon Pressick is the man behind the excellent Sex In Words blog, which is a brilliant resource for sex bloggers and writers (and educators, and… just about everyone, really).
He’s also taken on the task of editing Best Sex Writing 2015, Cleis Press’ annual compilation of articles on all matters sex. He’s currently touring the blogs, giving interviews and writing guest posts on why YOU (yes, you) should submit to this brilliant anthology.
And since he was lovely enough to host me on his The Hook-up feature earlier in the year (… after a bit of begging on my behalf, I’ll grant you that), I thought it only fair that he could take to the floor on my blog in return.
So, let Jon convince you to submit to this wonderful anthology.
– The Importance of Best Sex Writing –
People talk. And talk. And talk talk talk. We argue, we opine, we yell, we debate, we whisper, we cry, we murmur, we coo.
Sometimes we even listen.
Of course we do. Talk and listen.
But what do we talk about and listen to?
Many things! Amazing things! Beautiful and dramatic things! Informative and hilarious things! Dire and difficult things!
But we don’t talk about everything.
Of all of the many fascinating and fantastical things in this world, one subject remains a huge elephant in the bedroom/bathroom stall/park/backseat/boat that you float.
We still don’t talk about sex. Well, most of us don’t–but some of us do! We talk and we write and read about sex in all of its variations, combinations and permutations.
But we don’t want that work and interest to be nothing more than intellectual masturbation. We believe this work is not just valuable but entirely essential to creating the necessary dialogues about sex and sexuality that need to be happening.
And this is why the Best Sex Writing series so important. Cleis Press offers the opportunity for sex writers to reach a significant new audience. While it is true that in our digital world content relating to sex and sexuality is offered and more available, it is also true that it can be hard to find among the cat photos, political scandals and other things you HAVE TO ABSOLUTELY READ RIGHT NOW!
Best Sex writing is both a fantastic resource for those who are already in the conversation. But it is even more critical that the works reach those who aren’t yet engaged. Moving sex dialogue out of our small circle so that it embraces others–everyone–will make it possible for our talk to include sex and sexuality.
If you are a writer of the sex and the sex stuff, I, humbly, request your words, your knowledge and your thoughts. You are the ones who initiate the conversation. I don’t want to think of you as pick-up artists, but you kind of are. You engage the readers. You pique their interest. You get them all worked up and ready for more.
Thanks, Jon! And, yeah, you heard the man. Submit and help start discussions!