Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary

ABOUT Polly Whittaker

Polly Whittaker
Polly Whittaker is a 21st century sex culture revolutionary. She has dedicated her life to sexually progressive community as a latex fashion designer, a creator of arty, sexy parties, and a spokesperson for sex culture. Born in London, England, in 1974, she is the daughter of a hot air b More...



Polly has lived three lives: A rebellious latex fashion designer with a penchant for dancing on tables, an irrepressibly optimistic social innovator with a mad plan to save the world, and a lonely girl defined by the death of her father. This powerful memoir, told with great honesty and sharp humor, vividly captures the failures and triumphs of a young woman struggling to understand the meaning of her own existence, while pursuing her dreams to effect cultural change.This is a true story from the edge of modern sex culture, where the liberal ideals of millennial relationships clash not just with society, but even within our own hearts.

Over 13 years ago, Polly Whittaker began forging the new frontier of sexual expression. It began as a simple idea: to create an environment in which people could express themselves sexually in a social context in a way that’s not seedy or creepy, traditionally the case when talking about sexuality. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, she built Kinky Salon, a creative and sex-positive environment, that has since turned it into a global movement, with events happening in a dozen cities all over the world.

Maybe you've experienced some big city sex and kink culture. Maybe you have heard about it. Maybe you just landed here by mistake. However you found Polly, you have found a delicious and delightful book. It is raw, honest, funny, heartbreaking, and of course, very sexy. There's no entitled ego in this memoir, just a fascinating and deep exploration of a woman living a tough life and making the best of it from London to San Francisco.
Jennifer Baum
Filled with honesty and kindness, this book shows how to change the world by changing ourselves. Having lived as a bit player in small ways through some parts of the story, it's deeply fascinating to me to see the bigger picture, to get context for all the things I only heard about third hand.
One of a kind, and a great read. Cannot put it down.
I just loved this book and read it so fast that I want to read it again. It follows the journey of Polly and her arrival in San Francisco from the London fetish-scene. It’s clear from the start that she is leaving something behind and she beautifully weaves this sadder story into the colourful, sexy new life that unfolds for her in San Fran… A heart-felt, human journey set against a backdrop of outrageous parties, love, art, creativity and community. Wonderful writing and a tour-de-force of a woman. I would thoroughly recommend it.
Mrs Pope
I found myself having to stop every now and then, as her story conjured up past experiences and thoughts from my own life and family. These moments were necessary to recalibrate and properly view using my current eyes. To cherish. So for an author's work to be able to evocate these types of emotions within, that is my litmus test for - but is it art? Yes - this is.
This book is a glimpse into the life of a woman after my own heart. It's a must read for any woman who wants to see what it's like to live on the edge, be willing to take a deep look at yourself, and go for your dreams. This book isn't just about one wild woman's foray into swing parties and one-night-stands, it's about what can be possible when you open yourself to possibility and live in integrity.
Polly is the real deal. Bravo