This is the saucy spring reading list you’ve all been waiting for. We’ve put together five empowering novels on topics exploring love, sexuality, and feminism for your reading pleasure. Like Jonny, they are all about respect, choice and equality while taking us on a journey of sexual self-awareness.
The days are getting warmer, which means more time sitting by the pool, on the beach, or in nature, with a good book in hand and that vitamin D on our skin. (Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen gang, we are all about protection here). We hope you’ll find these stories courageous and intelligent, like the authors who wrote them while making for the perfect spring reading.
Tracy Clark-Flory takes us through a darkly humoured memoir that navigates what it’s like for women to find love, sex, and power in a world with contradicting messages on sexual freedom and expectations. From being on adult film sets to attending orgasmic meditation retreats and fetish conventions, Clark-Flory combines stories of her career as a sex journalist with her coming-of-age experiences, highlighting the conflicting truths of her own desires shaped by the male gaze, societal pressures and gender norms.
Emily Ratajkowski is a celebrity, model and actress who bravely and honestly shares what it’s like to be a woman and an object of desire in a male-driven world and the frequent mistreatment of women she has experienced first-hand. As someone who was launched into fame at the age of twenty-one, dividing people with her unapologetic and self-empowering nudes, Ratajkowski discusses our culture's commodification of women. She points out the unhealthy obsession with and disrespect for women’s sexuality in a perverse and problematic industry and intelligently articulates her story to shine a light on the blurred area between consent and abuse.
Clementine Ford, a feminist icon and bestselling author of Fight Like a Girl and Boys Will Be Boys, reveals a deeply personal and unfiltered portrayal of love in all its shapes and forms. A truthful and honest telling of the complexities of love and all the ugly parts we rarely reveal, Ford openly narrates her life story with transparency and fortitude. She writes chapters on loss, heartache, motherhood, and sexual and platonic relationships, all in a way that is joyful, heartfelt, tender and undeniably relatable. This novel makes us look at all the ways we love in a new light and gives us the courage to continue to experience love over and over again, despite the emotional risks involved.