Sunday, February 19, 2006

the ethical slut

So per Jay, I went to B&N to try and find the book, "The Ethical Slut."

Now, I despise the word, 'slut', (that's for another post) but I thought, "eh, I'll see what it's all about."

So I go to the sexuality section and I can't find it. But, I found plenty of other books.

"How to Tickle his Pickle"

"How to be a Dominate Diva"

A Sexual trivia (oh, the dorkings to come)

"100 Positions"

You get the idea.

So I take my armful of books to an empty overstuffed comfy chair and curl up for a good read.

When I sat down there wasn't anyone else around me. Slowly the other three chairs began to fill up. All men. Men who were looking out of the corner of their eye to see what I was reading.

I was ignoring them, but silently giggling inside. Big happy smile on the inside. When I would catch one of them I would look up, look them in the eye and smile. "Hello."
They, all nervous, "Oh, um, hello." And then they would go back to their reading.

So, I wasn't finding these books all that interesting. I did learn some new positions, but not worth buying the book for.

Down to the customer service booth.

"Hi. Do you have the book, "The Ethical Slut?" I ask with a big smile on my face to the middle-aged attractive woman behind the computer.

"The Ethical..Slut?"

"Uh-huh, "The Ethical Slut."

"No, we don't have it. Let me call the other store."

Big thankful smile on my face. "Ok, that'd be great. Thank you."

She calls the other store and I was really hoping she would call the book by name, but she gave the ISBN number instead. However, I could totally tell the conversation. She gave the number and then there is a slight laugh by her, "yep, that's the one."
She looks at me. "They're checking to see if they have it in stock."

"Okay, thank you."

So I stand and wait and then a very cute man, about my age, maybe slightly younger, walks behind her and looks at the computer, sees the title, looks at me and says, "I'll go get the book for you."

I laugh and say, "You would? You'd drive to get that for me?"

"Absolutely. I'll go get it."

I smile and wink.

The lady hands the phone to me. "Hi, you have the book? Hold it under, Party Girl for me."

I thank them and go pay for my books. A sexual trivia book. That brought on another conversation with the older gentleman at the checkout.

I then drive to the other store. I go up to the checkout and ask for the book. The boy behind the counter grabs it off their shelf, he looks at the book, looks at me and back at the book. I have a smile on my face and say, "Thank-you."
I then go to the cafe and read the book.

Jay, I didn't buy the book, but I did find the read interesting. However, it was totally worth it, just for the reactions of the people at Barnes and Noble, so for that I say, Thank you!

4 comments:

Casper said...

This is exactly what I'm talking about.

The woman in front of me at the bookstore today was asking if they had something about "living pure in an impure world."

I don't think that's actually the title, but you get the idea.

Maybe she was looking for the Bible, but that's anything but pure.

All I know is that if I got the "eye hello," I would have responded with more than an "Um..."

Then again, I've learned my lessons the hard way.

Jay said...

I am tickled pink at the idea that a mere suggestion of mine reeked so much havoc upon the sensibilites of others! :)

A quote from the book:

"In most of the world, 'slut' is a highly offensive term, used to describe a woman whose sexuality is voracious, indiscriminate, and shameful. It's interesting to note that the analogous word 'stud,' used to describe a highly sexual man, is often a term of approval and envy....


So we are proud to reclaim the word 'slut' as a term of approval, even endearment. To us, a slut is a person of any gender who has the courage to lead life according to the radical proposition that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you. A slut may choose to have sex with herself only, or with the Fifth Fleet. He may be heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual, a radical activist or a peaceful suburbanite."

Ever since I read the above quote I have never used the word "slut" as an insult.

Party Girl said...

Casper: The "eye hello" cute term. Can I steal it?

Jay: I knew you'd be happy by the B&N outting!
I am glad you don't use the term in a demeaning way. If only more could learn the lesson!
That is part of my misson here!
Thanks again!

Casper said...

Feel free to use it. I often follow the "eye hello" with "eye flirting."

Boy oh boy has that gotten me into trouble.