Susie Bright

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Susie Bright
Susie Bright at Come As You Are Co-operative.jpg
Susie Bright at Come As You Are in 2012
Born Susannah Bright
(1958-03-25) March 25, 1958 (age 56)
Arlington, Virginia
Other names Susie Sexpert
Education B.A., U.C. Santa Cruz, 1981; M.F.A. New College, San Francisco, 2007
Occupation writer, speaker, teacher, audio-show host
Notable work(s) SexWise
Movement sex-positive feminist

Susannah "Susie" Bright (also known as Susie Sexpert) (born March 25, 1958) is an American writer, speaker, teacher, audio-show host, and performer, all on the subject of sexuality.[1] She is one of the first writers/activists referred to as a sex-positive feminist.[2]


Susie Bright was active in the 1970s in various left-wing progressive causes, in particular the feminist and anti-war movements. She was also one of the founding members of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, and wrote under the pseudonym Sue Daniels.[3]

Bright co-founded and edited the first women's sex-magazine, On Our Backs, "entertainment for the adventurous lesbian," from 1984 to 1991.[4] From 1992 to 1994 she was a columnist for San Francisco Review of Books. She founded the first women's erotica book-series, Herotica, and edited the first three volumes. She started and edited The Best American Erotica series in 1993, which continued as an annual publication until 2008.[5] She was the choreographer/consultant for the Wachowskis film, Bound (in which she also had a cameo appearance). Bright also appeared as herself in an episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under.

Bright was the first female member of the X-Rated Critics Organization in 1986, and wrote feminist reviews of erotic films for Penthouse Forum from 1986–1989.[6]

Her film-reviews of mainstream movies are widely published, and her comments on gay film history are featured in the documentary film The Celluloid Closet.[7]

She has a weekly program entitled In Bed with Susie Bright distributed through, where she discusses a variety of social, freedom of speech and sex-related topics. Interviews, book and movie reviews are common, as are letters from listeners. The show generally begins with a monologue on current events. The show concludes with a letters-segment and the catch-phrase "Clits up!"[citation needed] Her website has operated since March 1997, and she began her blog in 2004.

Personal life[edit]

She has one daughter, Aretha Bright, and lives with her partner, Jon Bailiff. She currently resides in Santa Cruz, California. Her father was the linguist William Bright. She identifies as a "dyke" though throughout her life she has been bisexual in her choice of partners. She is also openly nonmonogamous, in both her past and present relationships.[8]


As editor

  • Totally Herotica, Book-of-the-Month Club, 1995
  • Herotica, Herotica II, Herotica III, Down There Press and Penguin USA, 1988, 1992, and 1994
  • Best American Erotica, Simon and Schuster, 1993–2008[citation needed]
  • Nothing But the Girl: The Blatant Lesbian Image (as co-editor and co-author), Cassell, 1996
  • Three the Hard Way: Three Novellas by William Harrison, Greg Boyd, and Tsaurah Litzky, Simon and Schuster, 2004
  • Three Kinds of Asking For It: Erotic Novellas by Eric Albert, Greta Christina, and Jill Soloway, Touchstone, 2005
  • "X: The Erotic Treasury", Chronicle Books, 2008

As author

  • Angry Women (featured artist), RE/Search, interview by Andrea Juno, Fall 1991
  • Susie Bright's Sexual Reality: A Virtual Sex Reader, Cleis Press, 1992
  • SexWise, Cleis Press, 1995
  • The Sexual State of the Union, Simon & Schuster, 1997, trade edition, 1998
  • Herotica, 10th anniversary edition, with Afterword by the editor, Down There Press, 1998
  • Susie Sexpert's Lesbian Sex World, 2nd edition with three new chapters, Cleis Press, 1998[citation needed]
  • Full Exposure: Opening Up to Sex and Creativity, HarperSanFrancisco, 1999
  • How to Write a Dirty Story, Simon and Schuster, 2002
  • Mommy's Little Girl: Susie Bright on Sex, Motherhood, Pornography, and Cherry Pie, Thunder's Mouth, 2004[citation needed]
  • Big Sex, Little Death: A Memoir (2011; OCLC 650827377)


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ "Susie Bright Sexual Revolutionary", interview by Cory Silverberg, October 14, 2007, Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  3. ^ Linda Castellani (12 Jun 2001). "The WELL: Susie Bright: How to Read/Write a Dirty Story". Retrieved 11 Nov 2013. 
  4. ^ Rebecca Whisnant, Christine Stark, "Not for sale: feminists resisting prostitution and pornography", Spinifex Press, 2004, ISBN 1-876756-49-7, pp.287–288
  5. ^ Bright, Susie (January 7, 2008). "Susie Bright's Journal". Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Susie Bright, FAQs". Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  7. ^ The Celluloid Closet; (1995) Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
  8. ^ Sheela Lambert (27 February 2012). "Hasbian Pride, Worn-Out Sluts, and Bisexuality". Susie Bright. Retrieved 11 Nov 2013. 

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