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"The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen" is at once memoir, commentary, enlightenment, and a little dose of self-help. Taylor Marsh was Miss Missouri and performed on Broadway, hosted a radio show, and starred in a one-woman show. She was also a relationship consultant for the nation's largest newsweekly, edited the web's first megasuccessful women-owned and -operated soft "The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen" is at once memoir, commentary, enlightenment, and a little dose of self-help. Taylor Marsh was Miss Missouri and performed on Broadway, hosted a radio show, and starred in a one-woman show. She was also a relationship consultant for the nation's largest newsweekly, edited the web's first megasuccessful women-owned and -operated soft-core pornography site, worked as a phone-sex actress, and studied sexuality and relationships for years. She's been single, a girlfriend, a mistress, and a wife. She has the inside track to what men want, what women need, and how we all tend to muck it up. As a political commentator and popular writer, Taylor is intelligent and inspiring. She blends personal experience, pop culture, and the politics of sex in an entertaining, engaging, and inspiring read.


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"The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen" is at once memoir, commentary, enlightenment, and a little dose of self-help. Taylor Marsh was Miss Missouri and performed on Broadway, hosted a radio show, and starred in a one-woman show. She was also a relationship consultant for the nation's largest newsweekly, edited the web's first megasuccessful women-owned and -operated soft "The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen" is at once memoir, commentary, enlightenment, and a little dose of self-help. Taylor Marsh was Miss Missouri and performed on Broadway, hosted a radio show, and starred in a one-woman show. She was also a relationship consultant for the nation's largest newsweekly, edited the web's first megasuccessful women-owned and -operated soft-core pornography site, worked as a phone-sex actress, and studied sexuality and relationships for years. She's been single, a girlfriend, a mistress, and a wife. She has the inside track to what men want, what women need, and how we all tend to muck it up. As a political commentator and popular writer, Taylor is intelligent and inspiring. She blends personal experience, pop culture, and the politics of sex in an entertaining, engaging, and inspiring read.

46 review for The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen: Relationship Secrets from the Trenches

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I won this book on goodreads.com Well... here is a book written by a self absorbed feminist that missed her mark years wise (early 70's) for this book to be published. I didn't think there was this kind of woman still out there (lurking)! How much can you toot your on horn and drop names of people you don't even know and still be taken seriously? What exactly was your contribution to the feminine awareness? You said you were a phone sex actress (what the hell is that)? You made money talking dirt I won this book on goodreads.com Well... here is a book written by a self absorbed feminist that missed her mark years wise (early 70's) for this book to be published. I didn't think there was this kind of woman still out there (lurking)! How much can you toot your on horn and drop names of people you don't even know and still be taken seriously? What exactly was your contribution to the feminine awareness? You said you were a phone sex actress (what the hell is that)? You made money talking dirty to someone who called. And that makes you brilliant? OMG lady please. Even my 18yr old laugh at this book and said "are you kidding me?" Hillary Clinton would LOVE to get ahold of you! PLEASE STOP....PLEASE. I can't even give this a rating because it would be against by better judgement, as a real women living now and having seen a lot. And I hope my daughter and her generation don't fall for this kind of CRAP! I must have wanted the book above or below and hit the wrong one. I would implore you to not read this. Or spend money do it for future generation of WOMEN.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Forsythe

    This was not a big winner for me, for several reasons. This despite the fact that I actually agreed with a lot of her final conclusions, appreciated her take on feminism and thought some of what she had to say, especially about the church, was very brave. The problem for me was that I think she should have stuck with an academic argument and left out the autobiography. Because often the biographical sections just came across as braggy and cluttered up the message she was trying to convey. But le This was not a big winner for me, for several reasons. This despite the fact that I actually agreed with a lot of her final conclusions, appreciated her take on feminism and thought some of what she had to say, especially about the church, was very brave. The problem for me was that I think she should have stuck with an academic argument and left out the autobiography. Because often the biographical sections just came across as braggy and cluttered up the message she was trying to convey. But let me break down a few of my more specific complaints. Marsh tried to simultaneously hold onto her "I'm so innocent," Midwestern beauty queen person and tell the reader about all the sexually liberated, kinky things she was doing. And it just didn't work. They really are kind of mutually exclusive. Further, despite presenting herself as ultra liberal and accepting—she talked to prostitutes like people, after all—the book is full of micro-aggressions against the same people and demographics she's claiming to liberate. For example, stating that managing circus talent was the perfect previous experience for corralling the misfit strippers, models and XXX-raters who worked at a porn startup and denigrating the men who called the phone sex line for some of the more deviant fantasies. She seems to want to simultaneously be believed to be open and accepting of all fantasy, while also making it clear she maintains the moral and societal high ground. Again, it just doesn't work. Also, several events in the book feel very re-remembered. For example, she claims to have started working in a sex phone bank explicitly for the opportunity to talk to men about why they call for phone sex. I seriously doubt she was being that introspective at the time. Some of these re-remembrances go all the way back to childhood. This goes along with how grandiose she seems to feel her contributions to feminism have been, though the scale doesn't seem to have been borne out in reality. I get that this is an autobiography of sorts, but it's also presented as a bit of a self-help, behind the curtain look at various aspects of the sex industry. But very little of that materializes. The author says over and over again, "I was..." or "I did" or some variation there of. She was the first editor of a soft porn internet site. She was the first person to introduce an alternative personals page to a syndicated newspaper. She interviewed dominatrixes and prostitutes. She worked for a sex phone bank. But she says very very little about these things other than that she did them and even less that I would consider particularly enlightening on the subject. The whole thing just comes across as a self-centered brag book. We learn about her boyfriends and her relationships and she dropped several references to her own previous publications, but I finished disappointed. I mean a whole chapter in the beginning is dedicated to what she watched on television growing up. And while some of the feminist critique of early Hollywood was interesting, I just didn't care. Worst of all, after telling the reader how bad rules on how to get a man are, even taking a website to task for swearing they wouldn't and then doing it, she ended the book on a list of rules for how to get your man. She didn't call it that, but that's what it was. Sure, it starts with know what you want, which is great and more female centric than a lot of lists, but it's still a 'what to do' list! Put simply, a whole lot of this is about Taylor Marsh, not sexual education or sexuality or sex. And while that might work for some, it wasn't enough to keep me interested. I mean, where are all those "Relationship Secrets from the Trenches" we're promised. We never take our gaze off the narrator long enough to even realize we're in a trench, let alone learn anything from it. Addendum: It's not really relevant in the content review of the book, but for those looking to read the paperback, it's worth noting that the font can't be any bigger that 10pt (it's notably smaller than standard) and it's single spaced. I found it hard to read and I don't yet have age related eye constraints. Note: I won a copy through Goodreads.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I'm going to be a bit stoic and candid here…. I know, rare for me! Now, I respect all that Mrs. Marsh has gone through in life and her political writing pedigree, however…. you've embarrassed me Mrs. Marsh. You embarrass me in your brazen assumption that after all the failed relationships that you've had that YOU are the penultimate authority in what relationships are and in how to procure a healthy one. You embarrass me in your incessant "This is how to get a man" series. It honestly makes me s I'm going to be a bit stoic and candid here…. I know, rare for me! Now, I respect all that Mrs. Marsh has gone through in life and her political writing pedigree, however…. you've embarrassed me Mrs. Marsh. You embarrass me in your brazen assumption that after all the failed relationships that you've had that YOU are the penultimate authority in what relationships are and in how to procure a healthy one. You embarrass me in your incessant "This is how to get a man" series. It honestly makes me sad for you. Especially considering that you found your current husband inadvertently after successive failures. You embarrass me with the over and over diatribe of "That seemed shocking for a Beauty Queen from MIssouri". You sound like an arrogant asshole here…over and over again. I don't know a DAMN person that could relate to your story, mostly because it's like you took the time to alienate ANYONE who might actually read it. No, most of us aren't Beauty Queens, but you make VERY clear why you were a prize above us. Yes, yes, yes, I'm sure I seem like the embittered kid that never had a date for prom and that no one ever wanted. While I was never a beauty queen (nor tried to be) it was never an issue for me. Though, I doubt Marsh ever really thinks about the people that it WAS an issue for, mostly as she places what a burden her beauty queen title was on her… I know more than a few (thousand) people who would trade places with you. While some of the issues she brought up warrant discussion and respect, as a whole, this book is an embarrassment to women from the viewpoint of a seemingly arrogant & self-righteous woman that just likes the sound of her own voice. Granted, I don't personally know Mrs. Marsh, but then the way she writes this book ensures that none of us could ever understand the footsteps she's walked in…but then no one ever can walk in another person's footsteps. So why make it such an elitist endeavor?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Don't let the title fool you :D Reading the other reviews, most people criticized Taylor Marsh for being self absorbed and dated, but I didn't feel that way at all. The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen was well written and chock full of good advice. Some of my favorite takeaways were: 1. You have to be happy as a person before you can be happy as a couple. 2. Don't let other people decide your self worth. 3. Know what you want out of life and don't settle for less. The book was a little liberal Don't let the title fool you :D Reading the other reviews, most people criticized Taylor Marsh for being self absorbed and dated, but I didn't feel that way at all. The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen was well written and chock full of good advice. Some of my favorite takeaways were: 1. You have to be happy as a person before you can be happy as a couple. 2. Don't let other people decide your self worth. 3. Know what you want out of life and don't settle for less. The book was a little liberal and verbose at times, but over all I thought it was really empowering. Props to Taylor Marsh for courageously living her life on her terms and congrats on finding the one who gets you. P.S. I won this book through a goodreads giveaway.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I received The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen as part of a Goodreads giveaway. Coming of age in the turbulent 1960s, onetime Miss Missouri Taylor Marsh rebelled against her conservative upbringing and the gender roles that limited so many women in the mid-20th century. Today, she is a sex and relationship columnist, and has taken the lessons she has learned, both before and after her "awakening" and distilled it into a volume of research, advice, and personal memories aimed at young people (p I received The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen as part of a Goodreads giveaway. Coming of age in the turbulent 1960s, onetime Miss Missouri Taylor Marsh rebelled against her conservative upbringing and the gender roles that limited so many women in the mid-20th century. Today, she is a sex and relationship columnist, and has taken the lessons she has learned, both before and after her "awakening" and distilled it into a volume of research, advice, and personal memories aimed at young people (particularly women) in relationships today. I enjoyed the book, as Marsh clearly has a handle on current relationship trends, and it was interesting to see my anecdotal observations be confirmed by scientific research. However, what I most enjoyed were the brief glimpses into her life, and how she changed, grew, and ultimately arrived at the woman she is today. Obviously, that is Marsh's story to tell if and when she chooses to, but those were the moments that grabbed me, moreso than the pop psychology.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Open Road Media

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    Marc

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    Upstate Bill

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    Kelly Jones

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    Taylor Marsh

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    Hilary Levey Friedman

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    Tequila

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    Barbara Adams

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    Joan Pillen

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    Kirsten

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    Micielle

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    Stacia Chappell

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    Roxanne

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    Valerity (Val)

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    Beth Carlson

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    Brooke

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    Leland Lee

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    Monique Depope

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    Jeff

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    Ted

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    Kathy Heare Watts

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    Terri Rinko

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    Randi Ramsey

  38. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

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    Melissa

  40. 4 out of 5

    Karen

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    Richard

  42. 5 out of 5

    Emma

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    Amanda Pfluger

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    Camille Kraus

  45. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  46. 5 out of 5

    Bret Jarvis

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