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Saturday, August 13, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Days of the Cougar’ - Sexual Encounters!

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By Ezhra Jean Black, / Aug 11, 2011 11:42 PM EDT.

Days of the Cougar

In her late thirties, a mother of two quit her job to travel around the world photographing her sexual encounters with younger men. The results are collected in a new book, ‘Days of the Cougar,’ out this week. By Ezhra Jean Black.

At the tail end of her thirties, Liz Earls had a moment where she saw where she had come from and where she was going. Sitting at a desk in the corporate human relations department where she worked at the time, she saw her boss walk by with his wife, and read the unhappiness of the relationship in their faces. It was something she had lived through with her ex-husband. There was something else: she was having an affair with her boss. “I came from this place of being the invisible fat mom. I had been numb for so long,” she says. “I’d deadened myself, had a barrier up. And I wanted to go way the other way.” 

Earls soon underwent a physical transformation. She lost enough weight to require the services of a surgeon to remove the excess skin, and had breast implants. The person who emerged was the same Liz Earls, but something more—an empowered woman on many levels.   
Earls had already worked professionally as a photographer, and when her affair with her boss made her position at his company untenable, she picked up her cameras again, and her life began to move in a very different direction. A chance sexual encounter led to another moment of self-discovery. Not only did she want to do erotic photography—she wanted to involve herself in the action.
She posted an ad on Craigslist advertising her services as an “erotic photographer.” She photographed single women, couples, and adventurous groups in every imaginable combination both in private homes and in a spacious studio she had set up in Emeryville. She also photographed many young men, many as avid to engage with her sexually as she was with them. She reveled in the sexual abandon and adventure of it, the men’s youth and attentions, and the photographic possibilities of it all.

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