Horn, Tina. “Love Not Given Lightly: Profiles from the Edge of Sex”, Three L Media, 2015.
The People She’s Met
“Love Not Given Lightly” is a collection of nonfiction stories from award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and advocate Tina Horn. As she explored sexual undergrounds, she got to know many different people including “pro-dommes, porn stars, kinky fetishists, rent boys, and more.” Rather than writing her memoir as a sex worker, she decided it would be interesting and more fun to tell the stories of the people she has met. In doing so she gives unique perspectives on the “human issues of desire, gender, beauty, and ultimately friendship” and as a result, we get an entirely new look at American sexuality.
Here Horn explores some of the most important social issues of our time. She writes of experiences that most of us have not the change (or desire) to be a part of. We read of fetishes, passions, kinks, and quirks from an insider perspective and takes us into the sexual underground.
Her nook is in effect a series of character portraits and these are the characters that are on the sexual frontier. Horn looks at the way most think about sexuality and then adds the professional, psychological and erotic point of view.
In case you are unfamiliar with Horn here is some information on who she is:
Tina Horn is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary media-maker, queer punk, and true karaoke believer. She produces and hosts “Why Are People Into That?!”, a podcast that demystifies desire. In 2010, she co-created, produced, and directed a project called QueerPorn.Tv, which won two Feminist Porn Awards and a Cinekink Award, in addition to being nominated for an AVN. Tina holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing has appeared in several Cleis Press anthologies, including Best Sex Writing 2015; she has also blogged for Vice, Nerve, Helix Queer Performance Network, Fleshbot and Gaga Stigmata, and published articles in The Believer, AORTA, and Whore! magazines. Over the past five years, Tina’s workshops on dirty talk, sex worker self care, and spanking have been featured at a variety of international venues, including Good Vibrations, Perverts Put Out, Red Umbrella Diaries, UC Berkeley, Lesbian Sex Mafia, Dark Odyssey, and the Feminist Porn Conference at University of Toronto. She lives in NYC.