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Praise for The Feminist Porn Book “ In terms both jarring and harrowing, women’s bodies became the terrain on which the 2012 election was fought. That the choices, experiences, and consequences of women’s sexual lives became fodder for such poorly informed national ‘conversations’ is evidence of the pressing need for thoughtful, sexpositive scholarship which centers on women’s sexual agency. The Feminist Porn Book is just such a contribution, and I predict this volume is going to find its way onto the bedside tables of several generations of American women. It brings together academics, activists, and porn entrepreneurs who have a startling array of interactions with pornography as an experience, a business, and a field of inquiry. These essays are straightforward and informative in ways that are unfortunately rare in the multidecade feminist struggle over porn. It’s also fun and sometimes a bit naughty to read. The authors do not assume that the porn industry as it exists is the one essential and only possible incarnation of porn. Instead, they assume that when feminists engage, intervene in, produce, and study pornography, they can radically alter its formations and meanings. At the core of the book is the question: Can porn coexist with the principles of feminism? No matter how one ultimately adjudicates this question , The Feminist Porn Book leaves no doubt about the inherent value in the inquiry itself.” —Melissa Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry “ This thrilling anthology brings together scholars, producers, and fans of feminist pornography to define an emerging movement of gender and sexual visionaries, working at the radically inclusive and egalitarian edges of sexual representation. The authors explore an ever-widening range of body types, and a proliferating variety of images, sensations, and feelings. They examine the conditions of production as well as the politics of representation. They show us the new feminist porn as deep play—challenging, exciting, and important.” —Lisa Duggan, professor of American studies and gender and sexuality studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University “ The Feminist Porn Book is a readable and smart must-have for any classroom dealing with sexual representations.” —Chuck Kleinhans, co-editor of JUMP CUT: a review of contemporary media “The Feminist Porn Book finally brings the voices of porn stars and directors into the room so they can speak for themselves. Part academic inquiry, part porn star tell-all, part comprehensive history of the growing influence of women in explicit cinema, The Feminist Porn Book is a brainy and fierce antidote to simplistic antiporn arguments, a love letter to feminists who seize the means of pornographic production and the academics who study them.” —Carol Queen, founding director of the Center for Sex and Culture, and author of Real LiveNude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture “ To have writings from so many of the most important creators in feminist porn in one anthology is wonderful. It captures the past, present, and future pioneering of this important film genre.” —Shine Louise Houston, director and CEO of Pink and White Productions “ This impressive volume of essays shows that thirty years after the feminist sex wars first erupted, porn is still a hot topic for the women’s movement, and for the scholarly study of gender and sexuality. The Feminist Porn Book brings together a potent mix of perspectives from academics, activists, and sex industry workers, while addressing dis/ability, transness, and race/ethnicity.” —Susan Stryker, director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona “ Eloquent, smart, passionate, and engaging—each page of The Feminist Porn Book offers a timely reminder of the continued importance of feminist interventions into the politics and production of pornography.” —Carol Stabile, director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon “ In this breakthrough collection, scholars, artists, and producers from across a spectrum of identities serve up profound new insights on making, consuming, and studying porn. This book advances my understanding of how porn works, when it doesn’t, and why it matters. The short essay format makes this book ideal for teaching, but it’s essential reading for anyone insterested in sexual politics or contemporary culture.” —Richard Fung, video artist and professor, Ontario College of Art and Design Published in 2013 by the Feminist Press at the City University of New York The Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5406 New York, NY 10016 Introduction copyright © 2012 by Tristan Taormino, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Constance Penley, and Mireille Miller...


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