I recently read Suzi Parker
's Sex in the South
: Unbuckling the Bible Belt
. It's been out for a good while now, and I read the Skirtman
chapter in a bookstore months ago, but I digress.
I found 'Sex in the South' occasionally funny, but mostly unremarkable, and devoid of any deep (read:non-obvious) insights into either sex or the South. Her two main conclusions seem to be that many Southerners are wildly different in their public and private lives, that more people are big perverts than appearances would suggest, and that 'Your kink is not my kink, but your kink is OK.' Oops, that's three conclusions. But the last one is quoted directly from an amateur-porn group in Alabama. It reads like a collection of profile pieces from an alternative weekly. I think expanded foreword and afterword (Parker gives 'em cutesy names, but screw that shit) sections, like the kind I'm hoping to see in the paperback edition, would really flesh out (boo) the thesis.
And there's nothing wrong with a collection of profile pieces from an alternative weekly, especially if the profiles are about a bunch of kinks. And, of course, all these kinks have websites, which Parker includes in a helpful resource list that I'll include here (I added a couple):
Linda Brewer--Passion Parties
Dale 'Skirtman' Miller
Miss Gay America
Lori Foster and Iron Belles
(of Southern Charms
Trigger the Human Equine
Dr. Eddie and the Intimacy Institute
Torchy Taboo (of Dames Aflame
(of BBW Divas
(another Southern Charms
Learning Institute for Women
Saints and Sinners Literary Festival
Alas, I was unable to find a good link for the Impact Institute, a Memphis BDSM group (I suspect they're on the dl these days), and Gennifer Flowers' Kelsto Club, a French Quarter piano bar.