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Take Me There

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  260 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
In mainstream media, the erotic identities, sex lives, and fantasies of transgender and genderqueer people are often oversimplified, sensationalized, or invisible. Take Me There is an erotica collection unlike any other that celebrates the pleasure, heat, and diversity of transgender and genderqueer sexualities. The power of seeing and being seen is a central theme in the ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Cleis Press (first published October 1st 2011)
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Feb 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointments
I was really enjoying this book, until I came to Dixie Belle By Kate Bornstein.Why a white woman thinks it's her place to protest the removal of a slur from a book is beyond me (actually it isn't). But the repeated use of the n-word in a story that supposed to be erotic makes it anything but. (Let me tell you nothing makes my bits colder) It honestly soured the whole book for me after that. I'm bothered both by the fact that Kate would do that and that Tristan Taormino would allow that. I had en ...more
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you’re a regular reader/visitor, you’ll know I don’t normally interject a lot of hyperbole into my reviews. Generally, I try to keep them well-grounded and professional, with just enough personality to add a little colour and (hopefully) make them a more interesting read. With that in mind, I beg your indulgence for just a moment, as I try to sum up Tristan Taormino’s Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica in a few words:

Absolutely amazing. Beautifully breathtaking. Compellingly creativ
I really wanted to like this a lot more. I ordered a library copy of it in hopes that it would impress me, get me and my lovers off, and earn a place on my "owned" bookshelf. Granted, I didn't get through every story in the collection, but of the eight or so that I did read, I felt merely drawn in to about half of them, and never as aroused as I'd like to be from reading good erotica.

From the beginning, I had mixed feelings about a cis woman editing an anthology of trans and genderqueer narrativ
Pia Veleno
Two sentence summary:

Collection of short stories with trans and genderqueer characters. Some amazing stories and some I refused to finish.

Reviewed as I read...

So far I'm not overly impressed with this anthology because the stories are definitely more porn than story. Yes, I should've realized that when read the word "erotica" in the title, but I was hoping it'd lean more toward erotic romance - you know, with actual stories involved - and not simply smut for the sake of smut with a gender twist.
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In the introduction, Tristan Taormino talks about how transgender or genderqueer people have always been either sensationalized or ignored — they’re either treated like freaks or just don’t exist. For the majority of people, the concept of gender dysphoria is an uncomfortable one. Our language is sadly lacking in ways to express all of the nuances involved in describing the fluidity of gender respectfully and with understanding.

The authors who contributed to this book have managed to find the ri
This book is a milestone in queer erotica, covering a plethora of genders, orientations, identities, expressions, and attitudes. Depending on the story, and the reader's personal perspective, this collection of 29 tales is ready-made to titillate, educate, and pontificate about what it means to be queer in today's trans-layered world, and what it means to challenge the normative narratives of arousal.

It is hard to recommend this as a book of erotica, per se, because unless you can achieve a zen-
Jean Roberta
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Tristan Taormino, former editor of the annual Best Lesbian Erotica series, has always preferred the kind of erotica that features unconventional gender roles, toys and BDSM to “sweet romance.” There have been a few anthologies of transgender erotica before now, but they are still very rare compared to the steady deluge of erotica for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals.

Through her experience as a sex educator, an editor and the partner of a transman, Tristan Taormino has access to a large “genderqu
Roxy Katt
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I should have reviewed this book ages ago, but better late than never. This anthology has been out for five years now, and my first question is, why are there not more than 14 reviews at and none before mine at Not that that 14 is not a goodly number, but this book deserves more of them. I suspect the answer is that there are so many crappy erotica books out there that the good ones get buried amongst the dreck. And even when the good books are not exactly burie ...more
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: favorites, fiction
I have waited my entire life for a quality book of erotica focused on trans people (well, trans women really, but you can't ask for the world... yet), and even beyond the fact that I'm in it (*ahem*), this is the book of my dreams. Tobi Hill-Meyer, Gina de Vries, Julia Serano, Alicia Goranson, Toni Amato, Kate Bornstein... this book is basically "all the trans writers I admire and adore write really hot pornography."
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, queer
One of the first times I've ever seen myself in a piece of writing.
Isabeau Delaunay
Okay, while there are way too many variations included in these stories to be a nonstop arousal fest, there's probably something in here for everyone. And tbh, I liked reading those variations. Won't lie, some of it was educational / instructional (not intentionally but by default), and this may be a good book to pick up for the curious. The tone ranges from lighthearted smut to dark & kinky to bordering on literary, so quite a range in the writing styles.

Standouts for me (as they appear chr
Un libro di cui Tristan Taormino è unicamente editor e che mi aspettavo molto più splatter ed esplicito, invece nella selezione di racconti "erotici" queer (per mancanza di altra definizione), si trova la necessità di esprimere la sessualità, il desiderio e le fantasie in prima persona , con la propria voce e con il carico emotivo che non può essere raccontato da chi non lo ha vissuto. Una buona raccolta che sicuramente colma uno spazio vuoto.
Anne Crow
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this collection. Every story good, some hit me harder than others (emotionally or heat). And very happy to see stories from Pat Califia and Laura Antoniou again, it's been years since I've read either of them.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So… I read this book right after suffering through "50 Shades of Grey" so some of my enthusiasm may be in response to that, but the stories in this anthology were amazing! I realized that trying to list out my favorites was a pointless task when the list became essentially the table of contents.

There is a staggering variety of people of all different genders doing extraordinarily erotic things to each other. Gender is not a crisis: some of the characters are nervous but there is no agonizing ov
Brandy Shark
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I really wish we could do half stars, because I really want to give this anthology 3.5.

First, I am extremely thrilled that an anthology like this exists and I was thrilled to be able to get a hold of it.

I have never read a in the erotica genre (gay, straight or any other fashion thereof), and I was a bit apprehensive at first because I imagined the type of stories you find in cheap paperbacks with men with long hair and open shirts on the covers holding women in ripped bodices. I was very surp
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good Points:

LOTS of different sexualities and genders!
Loooooots of different sexual acts
Explores sex with both pre-op and post-op transsexuals as well as genderqueer individuals who augment their own bodies in order to feel right.
Surprising amount of plot/characterization for an erotica anthology
That being said, a number of short stories which despite their length were fully-fleshed out and I would love to have read more of.

Bad Points:

No ace representation (some of you may be saying ‘duh’ but I
Madeline Elayne
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This anthology is hands down the most deliciously sexy compilation of erotica shorts that I have ever read, and I admit to having read a lot of smut. Not a single one of the characters in these stories are cardboard cutouts or stereotypes. From characters who have been sure of their sexual identity and orientation from a very young age (though not necessarily born with the typically associated bits) to characters whose gender is as fluid and changing as the seasons, to those who just don't fit i ...more
Геллее Салахов Авбакар
This is again the Manual that Tristan brings into existence for a certain kind of Sexual orientation, this time it's about Transsexual and Gender queer person, these kind of people feel lucky that Tristan thinks about them, well in fact sexuality is not a sin and difference is not a crime so to judge.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies, lgbt, trans
"Sea of Cortez" is definitely the highlight of this anthology--I more or less picked it up because it was reprinted in Beyond Binary--but it's a good group altogether. Most of it wasn't stuff that personally turned my crank, but I have a very specific crank and it was all well-written and heartfelt regardless.
Sara Habein
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
There are so many varieties of people in these stories that I think most readers, genderqueer or not, will find at least one story that works for them.

(My full review can be found on Glorified Love Letters.)
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Decently sexy, although the majority of the stories were too short.
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Steamy stuff.
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C.K. Combs
great book, will definitely read it again, highly recommended
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Eye-opening, something rare...I've only found a taste in other stories of the twists and turns gender and kink can take. Within this book is a veritible feast.
Some of it was crap, but lots of it was AWESOME, and I really appreciate that so much brilliant genderqueer erotica exists. More like this, please!
Constance Augusta Zaber
Really should be 3 1/2 but oh well.
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  • PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality
  • Macho Sluts: Erotic Fiction
  • Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction
  • Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme
  • Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
  • From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond
  • Boys Like Her: Transfictions
  • A Restricted Country
  • Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities
  • The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard
  • Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits
  • Becoming a Visible Man
  • Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics
  • Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
  • Butch Is a Noun
  • In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives
  • Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer
  • Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender
Tristan Taormino is an award-winning writer, sex educator, speaker, filmmaker, and radio host. She is the editor of 25 anthologies and author of seven books, including her latest, The Feminist Porn Book, 50 Shades of Kink: An Introduction to BDSM, The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge and Take Me There: Trans and ...more
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