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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053068
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,066,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dorla Moorehouse on June 4, 2010
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Although I spend most of my free time writing and reading erotica, there was a time in my life when I was in fact offended by pornography and other types of erotic art. It was filthy, it was exploitative, and it did not have a place in my life or work. As I opened my mind and began to see the value of erotic art, I still resisted accepting pornographic films, because I felt there was no way I could be a feminist and watch porn movies. Had Erika Lust's Good Porn been around as I had been developing my artistic outlook and feminist consciousness, it might not have taken me quite so long to come around.

Although only 238 pages long, Good Porn manages to be a comprehensive book. We get not just a feminist discussion of the porn industry as it stands, but also a history of pornography, and an extensive list of films that go beyond the limited views of the world presented in mainstream porn. The reader learns about GLBTQ issues, hentai, BDSM, sexual education, alt-porn, and art films. Good Porn is a truly well-rounded account of erotic film and the ways in which women (and men) can explore their erotic interests in a way that is empowering and fulfilling. In addition, Lust's writing style will appeal to both the academic and the more general reader.

I have very few criticisms about Good Porn. The biggest problem I have is that while Lust is genuinely interested in having more diversity in pornography, she consistently uses the word "fat" in a pejorative sense. For example, when listing the problems with traditional porn made by men, one of the items is: "Beautiful young women just love to have sex with fat, ugly, middle-aged men" (21).
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 30, 2010
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First, I am only giving the Kindle version 1 star. The paperback gets 5 stars, easy.

The Kindle version is very poorly done. This book has many images, tables, and other types of formatting that don't translate well in Kindle. You can't see any of the images or formatting in Kindle, but you can in Kindle4PC - however, the images are so low quality that you can't really see them properly. Since you can't zoom in on the pictures in Amazon's Kindle4PC software, there's no solution. After buying the Kindle version, I'm now having to buy a paperback version so I can properly read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Leigh on August 29, 2013
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We all know that the majority of porn is watched by men. However, more and more women are watching porn - and I noticed long ago that there are very different attitudes between men and women when it comes to renting, buying, and watching porn.

About 20 years ago I managed a video store that rented mainstream movies and also had a section of adult movies. I learned which customers rented each type of movie - but I also noticed something interesting. Many of the men who rented porn, came into the store and wandered through all the sections, glancing at many video box covers - eventually ending up in the area where they could choose their adult movies. However, the women who rented porn walked in the door and straight to the back of the store. The men would linger over the covers for a long time - but the women could make their decision in just a few minutes. It was interesting and entertaining to watch on a daily basis.

Over the last 20 years, some things have changed in the adult movie industry and the content they are producing and distributing. I remember in the mid 90s, there were many movies produced to appeal to men - and I processed our videos, so I was familiar with the selection of movies available each month. There were some more "story" type movies which were the ones that were promoted as "women's" porn. These were much tamer than the "men's" movies and some female clients thought they were too tame.

However - now, there are directors and producers who are developing better porn for women. That is the topic of Good Porn by Erika Lust. You may wonder why she is qualified to write this book. That's because she is the Award Winning director of Five Hot Stories for Her (2007) and the Barcelona Sex Project (2008).
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