EMMA KOENIG discusses her nonfiction book MOAN

Moan: Anonymous Essays on Female Orgasm (Grand Central Publishing)

Imagine you could give an essay entitled "How to Make Me Come" to a past or future sex partner, free of judgment or repercussion. What would you want them to know? In this book inspired by Emma Koenig's wildly popular website, a diverse collective of women do just that.

Emma Koenig was inspired to answer this question after a truly frustrating sexual experience with a partner. As she says, "THE SIMPLEST VERSION OF THIS STORY DEVOID OF ALL IDENTIFYING DETAILS: He thought I had an orgasm. I hadn't."She knew she couldn't be the only woman to have been mystified by an experience such as this, and so her Tumblr, How to Make Me Come, was born as a safe space for women to talk honestly and openly. The website touched a major chord. It received tons of press and garnered over a million page views in a month. And now, a broad range of the best of these anonymous essays have been collected into Moan

The ways through which women achieve sexual pleasure are often ignored, devalued, or misunderstood. Moan tackles the ideas surrounding the sometimes elusive orgasm head on. Here is a look into the spectrum of desire. Of frustration. Of experiences that have left an impact. From the hilarious to the tragic, from the intellectual to the erotic, these essays will leave you feeling inspired and excited to embark on your own journey of sexual exploration and empower women to do what most of the time is hardest for us: asking for what we want.

Praise for Moan

“Women need to read Moan to validate their varying experiences of pleasure and our partners need to read it to learn that, when it comes to sex, one size DOES NOT fit all. Prioritizing women's pleasure is a critical part of our liberation.  Not only is Moan an intimate, educational and funny collection about orgasm and desire but it pushes the cultural conversation forward.”—RASHIDA JONES, actress, writer, producer

“My response to Moan was: gasp! Koenig's book is exactly what we need—right now!—to break the absurd, toxic silence around female sexual pleasure. This is no porn-inflected fantasy: it’s real women talking honestly, openly, poignantly and sometimes hilariously about what they want (and don’t want) from their partners-- what feels good, what feels better, what feels fantastic—and, in the process, demolishing outdated views about intimacy, romance and sex.”—PEGGY ORENSTEIN, bestselling author of Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Emma Koenig is the creator of Fuck! I'm in My Twenties, a handwritten/illustrated tumblr which spawned a book and a guided journal published at Chronicle Books and a TV version developed at NBC. She was a cartoonist for The Times UK Sunday Times Magazine and has written for TV shows on ABC, Youtube Red, and Verizon go90. Her third book, Moan: Anonymous Essays on Female Orgasm will be published by Grand Central Publishing in May 2018.

Photo by Kat Mills

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 7:30pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Moan: Anonymous Essays on Female Orgasm Cover Image
By Emma Koenig, Rachel Bloom (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781455540556
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 22nd, 2018

F*ck! I'm in My Twenties Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452110530
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 22nd, 2012