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What motivated you to write a handbook
on lesbian sex, and why 101 positions
comprehensively described and
It’s rumoured that a lesbian kama sutra existed at
one time, however it was destroyed. Apparently
someone felt the need to suppress erotic depictions
of women pleasuring one another without a man.
Ignorance and fear certainly linger on. I decided
to re-imagine and reclaim it. Lesbians respond
the most enthusiastically to an offering that is
both sexy and smart, so I sprinkled in historical
references, nods to inspirational women and
a fresh vernacular true to the lesbian culture I
embrace. It was a challenge to be specific yet
light, and explicit yet dignified. The combination
of the many gorgeous visuals with some sexy
text provides for what I hope is unique, dual
stimulation. The format also allows the reader to
use the book however they choose – alone, with
a lover, while blogging or chatting on-line, as a
handbook to become a more accomplished lover,
or simply to ponder upon and enjoy depictions of
natural, beautiful lesbian lovemaking.
How did you research the book?
Standard research techniques: study the data,
read the experts, view the visuals, bounce it off
and around various friends and colleagues, all
leading to more pointed studies and ultimately,
Was it time consuming, difficult, or enjoyable
photographing the positions?
Book mapping the positions for the art director,
photographer and models was all of those things
for me, as was the entire process of realising the
books. On deadline I’d wake up early and have
to get right to it over first coffee – some days the
imagery was seemingly endless. But other times,
while writing both The Guide to Lesbian Sex and
the 101 positions books, I’d become very turned
How did you find the models and are they
The publisher chose the models. The brunette
is bisexual, and the redhead and the blonde are
lesbians to the best of my knowledge. All close
friends too, I believe. From inception, everyone
involved in the book unanimously voiced their
desire for the depiction of a broad representation
of women. We planned to shoot another session
after I turned in the final manuscript. I had actually
secured two beautiful models, an African American
I met while out clubbing, and an Asian model I
found through babeland.com, but the shoot never
materialised as a production schedule change
significantly pushed up the release date of the
book, plus we were faced with some budgetary
constraints. I hope to re-approach them and
others for an expanded edition, or certainly for
Were there any difficulties getting this book
Primarily a slim budget – a lack of money is always
an obstinate obstacle and a frustrating distraction.
Debate over how visually explicit we should be
so as to not limit our visibility and placement
say on a major bookstore’s shelves also diverted
the creative process for a time. Will we be
categorised in the Gay and Lesbian section? Self-
help? Placed next to The Joy of Sex in Sexuality?
Can we show pussy? insertion? pubic hair? Kind
of an exhausting, voluntary censorship emerged,
however these conversations did shape the books
as much as the other processes involved such as
brainstorming and research.
Your favourite positions?
I keep trying not to ‘kiss and tell’; I’ve been told
that a woman never tires of a ‘Diamond in the
Muff’, that ‘Mount St. Helen’ is a blast, ‘Hanky
Spanky’ mixes up the routine, and personally, I
frequently enjoy ‘Priscilla’s Punchbowl’. A ‘Down
Under’ position will be added to the next edition,
in honour of the Australian lesbian community!
If you could do one thing to improve the
image of lesbians what would it be?
I would sponsor a widespread outreach campaign
to inundate each and every lesbian with the
reminder that she is a naturally beautiful, worthy
and good person with much to contribute and
gain from her world. Respect and dignity start
with each of us as individuals, and it is only when
we respect ourselves that we will command
the respect of others. We have the right to be
out and proud and happy in every aspect of
our lives. You deserve it. Claim it. Much of the
broader community still holds on to stereotypes
that lesbians are confrontational and angry man-
haters. We have to keep putting ourselves out
there in a positive manner as we strive for justice
and the attainment of the rights and treatment
we deserve. Positive words and visuals are hard
to ignore and dispute. In my small way, I hope
that a takeaway message from my writing is
that if we venture to explore and learn about our
sensual potential, and embrace and celebrate our
sexuality with confidence, we can experience with
one another free discourse, stronger and deeper
emotional bonds, more pleasurable lovemaking,
and live a happier and healthier life.
Why should every lesbian own this book?
It’s timeless, inspirational, rich, steamy and offers
many hearty laughs.
Visit Jude Schell at girlwrap.com
WRITER AND DECORATOR JUDE
SCHELL HAS GONE ABOUT
RENOVATING EVERY LESBIAN’S SEX
LIFE WITH THE ESSENTIAL LESBIAN
SEX 101. SHE SPOKE TO LOTL.
Sex author Jude
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