Cynthia Heimel is a playwright, television writer, and the author of several satirical books which are aimed primarily at a female readership. To those who have heard of her but have not read her books, her works are probably best known for their unusual titles.
Heimel's first book Sex Tips for Girls, was a semi-satirical take on Cosmopolitan (and other "women's" magazines) and their "how to please your man" approach to feminism. Though she gives actual sex tips, Heimel's main focus was sexual self-confidence for women and the idea that women actually enjoy sex.
Heimel has stated (in Advanced Sex Tips) that she was not accepted by the feminist movement; that being too sexy to be an academic feminist and too angry for "women's" magazines, she sometimes had difficulty finding outlets that would publish her work; and that for this reason, she accepted an offer to work for Playboy and was the writer of its "Women" column for decades. Her column was ended around 2000 when the editors of Playboy expressed concern that Heimel's feminist attitudes would put off male readers.
- Sex Tips For Girls (1983)
- But Enough About You: Avoiding Fabulousness (1986)
- If You Can't Live without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?! (1991)
- Get Your Tongue out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing You Good-Bye! (1994)
- If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?' (1995)
- When the Phone Doesn't Ring, It'll Be Me! (1996)
- Advanced Sex Tips for Girls: This Time It's Personal (2003)
- A Girl's Guide to Chaos
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