SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure

Feminist Pr., dist. by Consortium. 2013. 432p. ed. by & others. notes. ISBN 9781558618183. pap. $22.95; ebk. ISBN 9781558618190. SOC SCI
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Freedom for women to express their sexuality on their own terms has always been at the center of feminist thought and activism. Pornography, however, presumptively aimed at men and often degrading of women, has engendered powerful disputes among feminists. This collection of new essays compiled by sex educator and pornographer Taormino (Opening Up: A Guide To Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships), Celine Parreñas Shimizu (Asian American studies, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Straightjacket Sexualities), Constance Penley (film & media studies, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; NASA/Trek: Popular Science and Sex in America), and Mireille Miller-Young (feminist studies, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara), features work from feminist scholars and theorists, porn filmmakers, and performers such films whose work assumes that both the author and the viewer of feminist pornography are women and that feminist pornography empowers them. Sections of the book address the history of feminist porn; the inclusion and exclusion of groups of women from the feminist porn project; the teaching of feminist porn; and the current state of the art.
VERDICT Despite the authority of the writers included and its provocative title, this dense work, suitable for a college-level course, will appeal to a fairly narrow audience of feminist theorists and scholars.

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