Con­doms and Hot Tubs Don’t Mix: An An­thol­ogy of Awk­ward Sex­ca­pades

Foreword Reviews - - Reviews | Adult Nonfiction - CLAIRE FOSTER

Jen­nie Jarvis (Edi­tor) Les­lie Salas (Edi­tor) Beat­ing Wind­ward Press (JUNE) Soft­cover $16.99 (242pp) 978-1-940761-38-1

Romance isn’t dead, it’s just mor­ti­fied. The hi­lar­i­ous new an­thol­ogy Con­doms and Hot Tubs Don’t Mix is a col­lec­tion of laugh-out-loud, weird, and scan­dalous per­sonal sto­ries of sex gone wrong.

Movies, tele­vi­sion, and pornog­ra­phy make sex look so straight­for­ward. So syn­chro­nized. Con­sent is often im­plied: “her lips said no, but her body said yes.” And every­one goes home happy. Real sex, as the writ­ers in Con­doms ex­plain, rarely goes the way we fan­ta­size it will. Sex­ual ex­pe­ri­ences and re­la­tion­ships are fraught with foul-ups, both funny and freaky. To com­bat the me­dia’s por­trayal of sex, Con­doms fo­cuses on awk­ward, painful, and un­ex­pected ex­pe­ri­ences.

The sto­ries, po­ems, and comics in the an­thol­ogy have ti­tles like “The Pe­nis Fly Trap” and “Watch­ing Porn with My Mother.” This col­lec­tion is cer­tainly not for the faint of heart. Sex­ual mishaps are de­scribed in de­tail, along with each en­counter’s un­com­fort­able con­se­quences. Con­doms is sex pos­i­tive and in­tent on of­fer­ing re­al­ism, gen­i­tal warts and all.

The an­thol­ogy in­cludes thirty tales of woe by a di­verse selec­tion of au­thors. The trauma, thank­fully, never causes per­ma­nent dam­age. Although each cou­ple be­gins in good faith, they often up bruised, banged up, ex­posed, or hor­ri­bly chafed. Sex facts in­cluded between sto­ries straighten out com­mon mis­con­cep­tions or myths about sex, such as the ac­tual num­ber of porn searches on­line and the ef­fect of caf­feine on se­men.

Edited by Jen­nie Jarvis and Les­lie Salas, Con­doms and Hot Tubs Don’t Mix is a pos­i­tive, pro-sex an­thol­ogy. Easy to read? Not without winc­ing, but the over­all tone is light, even when it’s a lit­tle rue­ful.

To­gether, Con­doms is a col­lec­tion of sto­ries about sex in­for­ma­tion learned the hard way, shared with a gen­er­ous sprin­kling of hu­mor.

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