considering the package, GoodGirls Do shouldn't have been such a letdown. Simona Chiose is a smart writer with a lively style. She's open and thoughtful and well placed to weigh in on the sexuality debates. Old enough to respect history, she quotes everyone from radical feminist Sheila Jeffries to pro-sex pioneer Pat Califia as she recasts the prostitution and S&M issues, and she's young enough to know that she's got to head into the cutting-edge territories of cyber-sex and transgendering if she wants to bring the discussion into the new millennium.
Problem is, nothing much happens when she gets there. Although she identifies herself as a member of the shameless generation, in the end she winds up trading shame for ennui.
S&M with the pros? A bore. Sex on the Internet? Another yawn. Chiose even comes out for love in the last chapter, which is charming, for sure, but not exactly earth-shattering.
You get the sense that ECW wanted a sex book, was glad to get a writer with a bit of experience in the area and then hoped something meaningful might come of it.
But Chiose, while a skilled synthesizer, hasn't hit on much new ground. Early on, she writes that she's a member of the first generation to grow up with the idea that sex and death go together. In the age of AIDS, she might have followed through on that thought. It would have been a little less safe.
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Good Girls Do: Sex Chronicles of A Shameless Generation by Simona Chiose (ECW), 174 pages. $19.95 paper. Rating: NNN