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Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment Paperback – July 7, 2015

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About the Author

Chauntelle Tibbals, PhD is a sociologist specializing in gender, sexualities, work and organizations, new media, and popular culture.

Dr. Chauntelle's research has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including Stanford Law and Policy Review and Gender, Work & Organization, and is featured in W.W. Norton's The Real World (4th ed, 2014). Her essays and op-eds have appeared in popular periodicals, including Men's Health and Playboy. She has been quoted and cited extensively in news and media outlets, including Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and CNN.

For more information, please see ChauntelleTibbals.com and/or visit her on Twitter at @drchauntelle.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626341931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626341937
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I saw Exposure listed on NetGalley, and, being a guy, of course I was interested. A book about sex? Sweet! I'm all for learning about the porn industry. After all, sex sells, and yet it's such a taboo subject in our culture. Many people do it, and yet it's still frowned upon, talked in secret, and misinformation (or lack of information) is given to teenagers. So, Chauntelle Tibbals set out to explore the adult entertainment industry.

The book reads somewhat like a memoir, as Dr. Tibbals recalls what led her to investigate such a taboo topic and then goes on about her experiences, or, put fancily, "the sociocultural significance of adult entertainment as it relates to law, media, and gender." Although interesting, (and infrequently a little humorous) I felt that the book failed to do more than scratch the surface on some topics - more on that in a little bit. But for what this book actually is, I mostly enjoyed it.

There is no single topic about the adult industry that this book focuses on. It's a bit all over the place, beginning with how Dr. Tibbals got into this topic, to talking about the lives of some adults in the industry, then finishing off with some opinions.

The book did bring up some interesting things. One part I really got a kick out of because it's so true, is that people frown upon breast implants/any time of boob job. And yet we will correct our teeth with braces without giving it a second thought. A different body part, yes, but it's still being changed to our liking, just like some women will do with their breasts.

There's also some humorous parts, such as the author admitting to watching porn in an airport. Yes, reviewing porn is a job of hers, but still. Sheesh! I hope she at least had some headphones on.
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This review originally appeared on my blog at www.gimmethatbook.com.

Thanks to author Chauntelle Tibbals and NetGalley for offering this advance review copy! EXPOSURE will be published July 7, 2015.

If you are looking for a salacious, tell-all expose on the world of porn–this isn’t it. What it IS: an intelligent and thought provoking view into the business of sexy movies. Tibbals supports this world yet doesn’t agree with it fully, a concept I found refreshing. It’s difficult to walk that fine line between “not my kind of stuff” and revulsion, and the author maintains her position as IN the world, not OF it. This position helps to create credibility and honesty.

Censoring attitudes almost prevented Tibbals from obtaining her degree; her advisor was hostile and passive aggressive, her peers wondered what was wrong with her. Why is a nice girl like you getting involved with such filth is the undertone of the first part, as Tibbals details her struggle to defend her choices. I found it repugnant in this enlightened day and age, that an advisor could hold such power over a student’s choice, a choice that was not hurting anyone.

Good thing that Tibbals marched to the beat of her own drum. Eventually she found her way and began her thesis in earnest. Substitute any other subject for porn, and what you have is how she went about gathering information. As the industry accepted her, not as a gawker, but as a true supporter seeking understanding through knowledge, Tibbals befriended the megastars and watched literally hundreds of films. (Did you know they have their own version of the Oscars for porn films? I didn’t either.
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Female academics are few when it comes to writing and teaching about adult film. Linda Williams and Constance Penley come immediately to mind and now the name of Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals can be added to the list. In Exposure: A Sociologist’s Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment, Dr. Tibbals delves into the adult industry with a critical question: how should pornography be interpreted as part of our society and does its reality challenge our beliefs and expectations?

To put it another way, Tibbals points out that porn fights an unending battle against preconceived notions. Aren’t all porn girls and the business they represent just an extension of “what may stir fear or revulsion in one person may be the hottest thing ever to the next?” The author weaves a story of the all too often simplistic answer to that question. Using a personal example, she recounts dealing with her grad school adviser who swore to revulsion and discounted everything else, sidetracking Tibballs' research.

Dr. Tibbals presents her argument in an easy-to-read format with personal accounts that will seduce the most casual reader. Don’t be fooled by the writer's scholarly cap; Exposure is an extension of the author’s affable personality. Her approachable writing style sets aside academic syntax and complex explanations to bring everyone on board with her message.

Taking the reader to the industry’s major trade show in Las Vegas and to film sets in Porn Valley, Tibbals becomes a tour guide for a little-understood universe that can’t escape the myths that swirl about it. She comments on one of her creepiest volunteer tasks at the convention: keeping the "super fans" at bay during the signing times girls are obliged to fulfill.
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