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Susie Bright

Susie Bright in 2007
Born Susannah Bright
March 25, 1958 (1958-03-25) (age 51)
Arlington, Virginia
Pen name Susie Sexpert
Occupation writer, speaker, teacher, audio-show host
Education B.A., U.C. Santa Cruz, 1981; M.F.A. New College, San Francisco, 2007
Literary movement sex-positive feminist
Notable work(s) SexWise
Partner(s) Jon Bailiff
Children Aretha Bright
Official website

Susannah "Susie" Bright (also known as Susie Sexpert) (born March 25, 1958, Arlington, Virginia) is a writer, speaker, teacher, audio-show host, performer, all on the subject of sexuality. She is one of the first writers/activists referred to as a sex-positive feminist.[1]

She has a weekly program entitled In Bed with Susie Bright distributed through, where she discusses a variety of social, freedom of speech and sex-related topics. Interviews, book and movie reviews are common, as are letters from listeners. The show generally begins with a monologue on current events. The show concludes with a letters-segment and the catch-phrase "Clits up!"[citation needed] Her website has operated since March 1997, and she began her blog in 2004.

Susie Bright was active in the 1970s in various left-wing progressive causes, in particular the feminist and anti-war movements. She was also one of the founding members of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, and wrote under the pseudonym Sue Daniels.[2]

Bright co-founded and edited the first women's sex-magazine, On Our Backs, "entertainment for the adventurous lesbian," from 1984 to 1991.[3] From 1992 to 1994 she was a columnist for San Francisco Review of Books. She founded the first women's erotica book-series, Herotica, and edited the first three volumes. She started The Best American Erotica series in 1993, which she publishes to this day. She was the choreographer/consultant for the Wachowski Brothers film, Bound (in which she also had a cameo appearance). Bright also appeared as herself in an episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under.

Bright was the first female critic of the X-Rated Critics Organization in 1986, and wrote feminist reviews of erotic films for Penthouse Forum from 1986–1989. Her film-reviews of mainstream movies are widely published, and her comments on gay film history are featured in the documentary film The Celluloid Closet.[4]

She has one daughter, Aretha Bright, and lives with her partner, Jon Bailiff. She currently resides in Santa Cruz, California. Her father was the linguist William Bright.


As editor

  • Totally Herotica, Book-of-the-Month Club, 1995
  • Herotica, Herotica II, Herotica III, Down There Press and Penguin USA, 1988, 1992, and 1994
  • Best American Erotica, Simon and Schuster, 1993 - 2008[citation needed]
  • Nothing But the Girl: The Blatant Lesbian Image (as co-editor and co-author), Cassell, 1996
  • Three the Hard Way: Three Novellas by William Harrison, Greg Boyd, and Tsaurah Litzky, Simon and Schuster, 2004
  • Three Kinds of Asking For It: Erotic Novellas by Eric Albert, Greta Christina, and Jill Soloway, Touchstone, 2005
  • "X: The Erotic Treasury", Chronicle Books, 2008

As author

  • Angry Women (featured artist), RE/Search, interview by Andrea Juno, Fall 1991
  • Susie Bright's Sexual Reality: A Virtual Sex Reader, Cleis Press, 1992
  • SexWise, Cleis Press, 1995
  • The Sexual State of the Union, Simon & Schuster, 1997, trade edition, 1998
  • Herotica, 10th anniversary edition, with Afterword by the editor, Down There Press, 1998
  • Susie Sexpert's Lesbian Sex World, 2nd edition with three new chapters, Cleis Press, 1998[citation needed]
  • Full Exposure: Opening Up to Sex and Creativity, HarperSanFrancisco, 1999
  • How to Write a Dirty Story, Simon and Schuster, 2002
  • Mommy's Little Girl: Susie Bright on Sex, Motherhood, Pornography, and Cherry Pie, Thunder's Mouth, 2004[citation needed]

External links


  1. ^ "Susie Bright Sexual Revolutionary", interview by Cory Silverberg, October 14, 2007, Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  2. ^ The WELL: Susie Bright: How to Read/Write a Dirty Story
  3. ^ Rebecca Whisnant, Christine Stark, "Not for sale: feminists resisting prostitution and pornography", Spinifex Press, 2004, ISBN 1876756497, pp.287-288
  4. ^ The Celluloid Closet; (1995) Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Susannah "Susie" Bright (born March 25, 1958, Arlington, Virginia), also known as Susie Sexpert, is a writer, speaker, teacher, audio show host, performer, all on the subject of sexuality. She is one of the first writers/activists referred to as a sex-positive feminist.


  • Sometimes I wonder if MacKinnon has simply been driven mad by all the sick things people do to one another. I, too, recoil in pain and incomprehension whenever I hear about the latest psychopath who has shot his mother, machine-gunned his coworkers, raped his daughter, or slashed a prostitute. I notice that such men are more likely to have read the bible than pornography, but I do not hold either script responsible for their actions.
  • Sexual speech, not MacKinnon's speech, is the most repressed and disdained kind of expression in our world, and MacKinnon is no rebel or radical to attack it.
  • "Natural" is a very dangerous word to use about sexuality ... Our society's notions of normality are completely fake and meta-trendy, since they rely on the changing standards of superstition, religion, Christianity and gender bias to define themselves. Americans, in particular, exhibit very childish reactions to sexual practices that are new to them, much like little kids who are offered a vegetable they haven't seen before: "That's disgusting!" "But darling, you haven't even tried it!" "I don't care, I hate it, I hate it!
    • Introduction, Nothing But the Girl, 1996 ISBN 186047005X.
  • Take the National Organization for Women -- please! They've embarrassed me enough over the years, and now I'm going to give them a taste of their own medicine. They were always so holier-than-thou, systematically getting rid of everyone who wasn't just like them: white, upper-middle class, straight (or closeted), sex-phobic Democratic party apologists. As you can imagine, that's not a huge group anymore -- but they still manage to hang onto a name that insists that they represent half the population!
  • Well, it's all over, sweethearts. I'm taking away your library card, I'm stripping badges and I'm not returning phone calls. Calling NOW feminists is like calling the People's Republic of China communist: Marx and Emma Goldman are both rolling in their graves.
  • Andrea presented herself as a street fighter intellectual, a bohemian freedom fighter, and someone who wanted to get to the bottom of things. That quote about Malcolm X is apt. Malcolm pointed out “The problem is WHITE PEOPLE.” Dworkin said, “The problem is MEN.” And for all the holes that can be poked in that cloth, there is something about that grain that is absolutely true, when you are the short end of the bolt.
  • I’m sorry Andrea Dworkin started a sexual revolution that she ended up repudiating. She never got to see people like me, Carol, and the rest of us little protégées who took her inspiration and flew to a new dimension. She got stuck, and then she got sick, and when you’re famous for one thing, no one wants to see you change unless you reject it all, like a pathetic sinner seeking redemption. She was too stubborn and too old-fashioned for that. Andrea Dworkin never would have admitted that she was a SuperStar. She was the animator of the ultimate porno horror loop, where the Final Girl never gets a chance to slay the monster, she only dies, dies, dies, with the cries of the angry mourners to remember her.
  • At that time, there was general agreement among everyone involved in women’s liberation that women should have a defined sexual self-interest.
  • Keeping people neurotic and depressed and ignorant and self-doubting is oppressive.
  • People who love science fiction really do love sex.
  • Familiarity with your lover is what initially makes sex really good.
  • Human beings like variety, and they also like partnership... these are scientific values we can point to.
  • I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
  • I think women need to realize that they would be much better moms if they were well-rested, sexually satisfied, and had some interests going outside their childrearing.


  • No one could accuse Susie B. of shutting up.
    • Rolling Stone (otherwise unattributed)
  • [Bright] celebrates lust with wholesome fervor.
    • The New York Times (otherwise unattributed)
  • Susie Bright is a national treasure right up there with the Grand Canyon, the battlefield at Gettysburg, the Okefenokee Swamp, and the Smithsonian's Nancy Reagan Memorial Dress Collection.
    • Millennium Whole Earth Review (otherwise unattributed)

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