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An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner

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I slowly lifted off the blanket that covered him. His frail body was in a red, long-sleeve, button down shirt and a pair of black sweatpants. Slow and gentle, slow and gentle, I said to myself, like a mantra. “Lets start with your shirt.” I undid the first button and then worked my way down the column of buttons. When I was finished I undid the button at the wrist of his left sleeve. Then I folded his shirt over his arm as much as I could. The collar rested off his shoulder against Marks salt-colored skin. I briskly rubbed my hands together to warm them up and then slid one under the shirt. I slowly brought Marks delicate arm toward me while inching the sleeve off of his shoulder. As I continued to peel it away I brought his arm gradually back down toward the bed. The sleeve was almost completely off when Mark screamed—loud. Oh my God! Had I hurt him? “Whats going on?” I said in as calm a voice as I could muster. “My nail, you caught my nail in the shirt,” he said. “Okay, okay…Let me see.” I freed his fingers from the shirt that was now clustered around his hand. “Mark, I need to know when something doesnt feel good, but yelling isnt sexy. I know we need to be very careful with your body, so dont ever not tell me if youre feeling uncomfortable or worried about getting hurt, but try to do it in a calmer voice. Remember, part of what were doing here is modeling how youll communicate with a partner and that could really scare someone and kill the mood.” Sure scared me, I thought. I realized that I had goose bumps on my skin that I hoped that Mark didnt notice. “Do you need some oxygen before we go on?” To my surprise he didnt. After I had freed his left side from his shirt I went to work on the right.

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ISBN:
9781593765064
Author:
Cohen-greene, Cheryl
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
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Garanao, Lorna
Author:
Cohen-Greene, Cheryl
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Cohen-Greene, Cheryl T.
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Garano, Lorna
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Biography - General
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Trade Paper
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20121131
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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224
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9 x 6 in

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For the past forty years, Cheryl Cohen Greene has worked as a surrogate partner, helping clients to confront, consider, and ultimately accept their sexuality. In this riveting memoir, Cohen Greene shares some of her most moving cases, and also reveals her own sexual coming-of-age. Beginning with a rigid Catholic upbringing in the 1950s, where she was taught to think sex and sexual desires were unnatural and wrong, Cohen Greene struggled to reconcile her sexual identity.

An Intimate Life offers a candid look into the personal and professional life of a surrogate partner, examining the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing something most people do not immediately understand.

The memoir opens with Cohen Greene's work with Berkeley-based poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, whose essay "On Seeing A Sex Surrogate" was adapted into a major motion picture titled "The Sessions," which was released nationwide in October 2012.

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