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Clarisse Thorn is a Chicago-based, feminist, sex-positive activist and educator. Personal blog at; follow her on Twitter @clarissethorn; you can also buy her awesome book about pickup artists or her awesome best-of collection, The S&M Feminist.
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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous March 10, 2012 at 11:54 am |

    I also think that the commentariat is really smart, and I’m grateful to y’all for engaging with my work. I’ve found much of the constructive criticism here to be nourishing and challenging.

    The mind boggles.

    It’s also somewhat…troubling to combine self-promotion and this weird apology in a farewell.

  2. Merryn
    Merryn March 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm |

    You sold me with the low low price. Sounds like an interesting read.

  3. Jadey
    Jadey March 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm |

    Hey, Clarisse,

    Thanks for the clarification on the end of your post – I guess my memory is as faulty as ever, because I actually thought you *had* been announced as a staff blogger here. I do appreciate having a better understanding of the organizational dynamics here.

    I want to suggest though that if you would like to ensure that more people are aware of this (and your apology for the reposting of the Ancient Rome post), it might be more effective as a standalone post – I didn’t click on this post originally because I’d already read the one on your main site. I’m going to guess that probably lots of other people also didn’t necessarily check out this post if they weren’t interested in your book (which looks cool, by the way!), had already seen it elsewhere, were annoyed with you, etc. If someone hadn’t commented on this post and I hadn’t scrolled up a little, I almost certainly never would have seen it myself.

    In my experience, readers skim. If it’s not advertised in the title and the blurb above the fold, then you are not going to reach your audience.

  4. Jadey
    Jadey March 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm |

    (I do realize that you put “Thank you, Feministe” in your header, but that’s not terribly descriptive – it doesn’t catch the eye and even after I did read it I thought it was a standalone message. Separate topic = separate post.)

  5. Echo Zen
    Echo Zen March 11, 2012 at 12:02 am |

    I’m thankful for the work you’ve contributed to the blogosphere, Clarisse. In my own family, I’ve seen how the articles you’ve written have shaped my sister’s maturation over the years into a thoughtful, compassionate feminist.

    (Also, while I don’t judge books themselves by their covers, that book cover sure kicks arse.)

  6. AnonCoward23
    AnonCoward23 March 11, 2012 at 2:52 am |

    “free Kindle app for PC”

    Make that [i]Windows[/i] PC. Not available on Linux (or, say, any of the BSDs), which, you now, also runs on PCs.

    This is why open formats are important. In case of ebooks, EPUB.

  7. Dibbit
    Dibbit March 11, 2012 at 4:43 am |

    “free Kindle app for PC”

    Make that [i]Windows[/i] PC. Not available on Linux (or, say, any of the BSDs), which, you now, also runs on PCs.

    Choosing Linux means you sometimes have to do things differently(and on rare occasions, not at all) then other people.
    In this case:

    Use this link to read kindle books.

  8. Louisa
    Louisa March 11, 2012 at 5:41 am |

    I know you’ve had some rough times here. You will be missed.

  9. AMM
    AMM March 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm |

    I hate to be a Debbie (Danny?) Downer, but I’m troubled by the similarities between the classic Pick-Up-Artist and a certain him-who-must-not-be-named, who not so very long ago you presented as a respectable feminist in this very forum.

    I was concerned back then that you seemed to have a blind spot to the red flags in his writings and behavior that were so obvious to many of us, and that you still didn’t seem to see them as red flags even after they were pointed out. (If you’ve come to see the light in the meantime, then I have missed it.)

    If I read your book, I would constantly wonder what things were going on that I would consider very significant but that you weren’t seeing and weren’t telling us about.

  10. Athenia
    Athenia March 12, 2012 at 8:57 am |

    Hey Clarisse! I keep hearing about this book called “50 Shades of Grey.” Apparently, it’s REALLY popular among suburban housewives–this is their first experience with hardcore S&M erotica…..I definitely wondered what your take on it would be.

  11. Andrew Pari, LCSW
    Andrew Pari, LCSW March 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm |

    I’ll add my voice to the “you’ll be greatly missed here” chorus.
    I planned to buy your book over the weekend and got distracted with life. Will have to do so when I get home tonight.

  12. Jadey
    Jadey March 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm |

    @ Clarisse

    Yeah, I can get maybe not wanting to make a big deal out of it – your time here has been tumultuous for certain, and there’s already been a lot of spotlight on your participation here. (I do really like your sex and kink posts and will continue to follow your main blog and other postings around the ‘net, by the way.) But I guess I was thinking that if it’s something worth saying, it’s probably something worth saying where people will hear it, be it “good bye”, “thank you”, and/or “I’m sorry”. Maybe a post with the comments turned off, if you were trying to avoid rehashing of past debates? I know that annoys some of the commentariat, but nothing ever pleases everyone.

    Anyway, it’s of course your call. If you weren’t looking to broadcast it, then your placement of it makes sense. I’m not really sure of the purpose of putting it up at all though, at that point.

  13. Claire
    Claire March 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm |

    This sounds really interesting! Good idea of such a low introductory price as well!

  14. LC
    LC March 13, 2012 at 12:53 am |

    I’ve heard 50 Shades of Gray is basically Twlight re-written as BDSM porn.

  15. Adrian Fynch
    Adrian Fynch March 13, 2012 at 10:04 am |

    I’d really like to read your book, but I don’t have a kindle and the kindle app you linked doesn’t work with my version of mac.

  16. Djinna
    Djinna March 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm |

    I’m enjoying the Kindle sample greatly, and am going for the full version – thanks for the warning that the introductory price is only temporary. And that it’s out at all.

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