A is for Alpha

Who's afraid of the big bad alpha female? Well, just about everyone. The dominant, free-roaming alpha female is a human invention. Among wolves in the wild, the alpha female isn't leader of the pack but merely the alpha male's main squeeze. He always gets to gorge on the kill first and to lope off after any she-wolf…

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B is for Bush

I found my first pubic hair during a sleepover at Kyla Warren's house. It was her 13th birthday, and while everyone else watched The Exorcist in the living room, my best friend, Aimee, and I—terrified—hid in the bathroom. During our sequestering, conversation turned to puberty, and that naturally led to our standing…

C is for Centerfold

My first knowledge of the cornucopia of goodness that was American sex was playboy magazine. My father got it every month, because of the writing, obviously. I never read a word. I looked at it for the astonishing breasts. These otherworldly women, standing astride Harley-Davidsons or getting out of baths, playing…

E is for Evolution

Look at this woman; she is beautiful. Her voice is sticky sweet and butter soft. Her orgasms, by her admission, are deep and ecstatic. She drinks coconut water. She has a particular affinity for Kiehl's products. The first thing she does after climbing out of bed is brush her teeth.

L is for Love

After a terrible talk with her husband, Dylana flew to the wedding of Irina's daughter, Bianca. Irina had been a delicious red-haired woman (woman, never a girl) with a gorgeous fat ass and a soft, eloquent back. She had ridden her life hard, had beaten the hell out of her liver and aged fast, but even with veins in…

M is for Monogamy

Of all the lies people tell one another, there is none that is as ubiquitous, as corrosive to happiness and as laughably untrue as the classic declaration of undying love that excludes all others, forever and ever. "Marriage," Oscar Wilde famously said, "is the triumph of imagination over intelligence." Perhaps, but…

P is for Pleasure

Modern medicine has neglected pleasure. With major depressive disorder being the leading cause of disability in the United States for people between the ages of 15 and 44, there is an urgent need to treat depression and, arguably, a somewhat less urgent need to better the lives of already well people. How could the…

V is for Virtual

To paraphrase Jimi Hendrix's memorable acid-fueled trope: I stand up next to a virtual mountain…and chop it down with the edge of my penis. It occurs to me that in case you didn't catch it the first time I'd better, Hendrix-style, say it again: I stand up next to a virtual mountain…and chop it down with the edge of my…