Would All This Sex Stop Portnoy From Complaining?
‘The Oy of Sex’ Investigates the Odd Bedfellows of Pornography and Jewish Culture
By ELLEN UMANSKY
Many a frustrated novelist has shelved her dreams in order to pursue a more lucrative line of work: law, perhaps, or advertising or, as in the case of Marcy Sheiner, pornographic writing.
Fifteen years ago, Ms. Sheiner, now 53, “was writing short stories, poems, novels. None of them ever went anywhere,” she told the Forward from her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1988, she sent a salacious story to Penthouse magazine, which offered her $350 to publish it. “After all those years of papering my walls with rejections from Ms. and The New Yorker,” Ms. Sheiner said, “I nearly fell off my chair.”
So began a lucrative career — Ms. Sheiner calls it feminist sex writing — that has lasted her more than a decade. Ms. Sheiner, who says there’s no difference between pornography and erotica, has edited the past three volumes of the “Herotica” anthologies (published by Plume); her latest project, the anthology “The Oy of Sex: Jewish Women Write Erotica” (Cleis Press), celebrates the odd bedfellows of pornography and Judaism.
Causes Marcy Sheiner Supports
Hydrocephalus Association, Crohns and Colitis Foundation
Ousting the Republicans