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Susannah "Susie" Bright (also known as Susie Sexpert) (born March 25, 1958, Arlingtonmarker, Virginiamarker) 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.

She has a weekly program entitled In Bed with Susie Bright distributed through audible.com, 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!"

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.

Bright co-founded and edited the first women's sex-magazine, On Our Backs, "entertainment for the adventurous lesbian," from 1984 to 1991. 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

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

Books

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


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


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References

  1. "Susie Bright Sexual Revolutionary", interview by Cory Silverberg, October 14, 2007, About.com. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  2. The WELL: Susie Bright: How to Read/Write a Dirty Story



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