Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules (Real World) (Paperback)

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I sought this book out after hearing the author interviewed on The Nerdette podcast. Normally, I have a dismissive opinion of self-help books, but Sarah Mirk's methodology caught my interest: she sent out a call for people in non-traditional relationships, the kind that aren't covered in your standard dating-advice column, and asked for what they learned after navigating utterly uncharted waters.
The results came from people in homosexual relationships, open relationships, couples deciding not to have children, single parents, heterosexual relationships with a man with breast implants; from men, women, transgenders, feminists, transsexuals, the elderly...from anyone who has ever had to experience love without a map.
Told in alternating chapters of contributor's essays and short bits of accumulated advice, this is a book full of useful thoughts on the nature of relationships. Whether you're highly unorthodox or in the most vanilla marriage of all time, there's something in this book for everyone to learn. — Katelynne Shimkus


Modern life calls for modern relationship advice. Sex From Scratch is a love and dating guidebook that gleans real-life knowledge from smart people in a variety of nontraditional relationships. Instead of telling people how to snag a man, seduce a woman, or find "true love," the book sums up what dozens of diverse folks have learned the hard way over time. Sarah Mirk offers tips and stories from the steadfastly single to people making open relationships work, from people who've decided they're never going to have kids to parents who are consciously producing the next generation. No matter what type of relationship you're in or what type you want, Mirk's reporterly wisdom and sense of humor provides perspective, humor, and down to earth guidance. This is an essential, fun, insightful resource whose time has come.

About the Author

Sarah Mirk is a journalist and the web editor for national feminist magazine Bitch. She writes online daily about tricky issues of race, class, and sexuality. Previously, Mirk worked as a staff writer for Northwest weekly newspapers The Portland Mercury and The Stranger.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781934620137
ISBN-10: 1934620130
Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
Publication Date: November 29th, 2014
Pages: 187
Language: English
Series: Real World