Garden Publishing - Kenneth
by Kenneth Ray Stubbs, Ph.D.
To learn about our newly released documentary THE SACRED PROSTITUTE, see www.SacredProstitute.com
of the nightwomen of the light:
the sacred prostitute,
the temple priestess,
the sexual healer,
the embodiment of the archetypal Goddess.
Who is she today?
a continuing lineage, without a temple, the contemporary sexual
initiator/healer/teacher has many faces. Today she is
The Porn Star
The Tantra Meditation Teacher
The Visionary Artist
The Group-Sex Hostess
The Call Girl
women share their work, their lives, and their insights. Their
personally written stories bring us to a deeper understanding
of our sexuality and our humanity.
contact the women)
Garden Publishing - Kenneth
reading . . . Thankfully, these women have the courage, energy,
wisdom and capacity to assist others in their sexual and spiritual
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This is a truly radical book, one that documents
living women bringing together spirituality and sexuality in
surprising and moving ways. It will, unquestionably, disturb
those who wish to believe that spirituality can be expressed
only incorporeally, but those who do find embodiment a spiritual
condition will be challenged and excited by the stories in it,
such as that of a nurse who helped a quadriplegic man to transcend
his paralysis and experience his firstand onlyorgasm
and later attended his death, leading him through a similar
release. Others who tell their storiesa masseuse, a sex
surrogate, a call girlare, to the conventionally minded,
hardly spiritual leaders, but they and the other storytellers
consciously regard sexuality as metaphysical as well as physical.
A possibly controversial book for some libraries, but good enough
to risk a hubbub.
This fascinating and highly readable book makes
the convincing case that sex work (that rather euphemistic job
category covering everyone from strippers and call girls to
sex surrogates and full-service masseuses) can be a source of
sexual healing, psychological growth, and spiritual awareness.
If this seems like an unlikely proposition, I simply urge you
to read Women of the Light and think again.
nine women who tell their stories recount numerous touching
incidents (including that of a nurse who risks her career by
helping a quadriplegic man to have an orgasm). Entering into
temporary intimate encounters, while keeping the full humanity
of themselves and their clients intact, these women embody the
ancient role of the sacred prostitute, harking back to early
Goddess worship, when sex was part of religious observance.
Treloggen Peterson, Ph.D.
former Director, Women's Studies Program
University of Illinois
The essays in Women of the Light remind
twentieth century feminism of a largely neglected aspect of
women's experience and power. Sexual healing and spiritual expressionthe
themes uniting these essaysare welcome contrasts to the
dark, patriarchal characterizations that dominate so much of
feminist discourse today. We can thank the editor for bringing
together these empowering images of women's sexuality as a counterpoint
to the vast literature on women as sex objects, victims of sexual
violence, and incubators.
Journal of Sex Research
These life stories are profound teachings and
will confront and enlighten the reader . . .
images of the prostitute include the women of the street and
the drug-addicted victims of oppressive economics. The women
of the light clearly do not fit this stereotype. These sexually
affirming stories sharply contrast with the repressive fundamentalist
view widely held in our society. These authors view sex and
sexual expression as a choice, as a right, and as consensual
. . .
life stories of these women will force you to think of the many
women and men who are keeping our sexual expression free, honest,
and positive . . .
writing is straightforward and understandable. There is a refreshing
lack of jargon and righteousness. It is difficult to find the
unpretentious middle ground between the extremes of scientific
writing and spiritual writing that these authors have achieved.
The women of the light show that sexuality arises from a spiritual
center, and their stories light the path for the journey.
Women of the Light is an incredible
account of the modern history of loneliness and the fight against
narrow-mindedness of all kinds.
Institute for Sex Therapy, Education, and Research
. . . an extraordinary book . . . could open doors
to a deeper understanding and discovery of one's own wisdom,
thus shedding some light!
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and Prostitutes: Sexual Saints or Sinners?
Women of the Light Contributors
Roberts: The Sex Surogate - deceased
Dodson: The Artist
Queen: The Call Girl
Elderberry: The Masseuse
Anderson: The Porn Star
The Meditation Teacher