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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; First Edition edition (June 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157344247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573442473
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Violet says women who are looking to spice things up need to know the difference between porn and erotica. (...) What's best for beginners? Get Violet's recommendations in The Smart Girl's Guide to Porn." --Oprah.com

Violet's unabashed love of blue movies, coupled with her honest acknowledgement of why it's difficult to find the good stuff, offers women exactly what the title promises: a guide, not a list of skin flicks for chicks. --Wired.com's Sex Drive

The Smart Girl's Guide to Porn -- Sexuality Bronze Medal Winner, 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards -- All National Categories --Independent Publisher Book Awards

More About the Author

Ms. Violet Blue is an investigative tech reporter at CNET, Zero Day, ZDNet, and CBS News, as well as an award-winning sex author and columnist, making her the foremost expert in the field of sex and technology. She has authored and edited several award winning, best selling books in eight translations. Ms. Blue is on Twitter @violetblue and her human sexuality blog is tinynibbles.com.

Blue has reported on hacking, cyber crime and personal privacy violations in countries such as Malaysia, Germany, Russia, China, the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Serbia. Her work as a journalist has broken many large stories about hacking and cybercrime, affecting the largest online companies and millions of users. Blue is the journalist who broke the story when Anonymous hacked The U.S. Federal Reserve ("The Fed" Bank), the story in which social sharing app Snapchat was hacked and its user database maliciously exploited, and the story when Comcast was hacked and millions of user accounts were compromised. She is also responsible for breaking several critical stories in which Apple iMessage and Apple iCloud were exploited, and when hackers showed how to hack an Apple iPhone in 60 seconds.

Blue has appeared on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that include ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

She has been at the center of many Internet scandals, including Google's "nymwars" and Libya's web domain censorship and seizures--Forbes calls her "omnipresent on the web" and named her a Forbes Web Celeb. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, she received a standing ovation at Seattle's Gnomedex, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2012, Blue presented "Hackers and Harm Reduction" on the featured stage for CCC's 29c3 hacker conference in Hamburg.

The London Times named Violet Blue one of "40 bloggers who really count."

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CTT on November 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Violet Blue does a great job at cracking open this once taboo topic. She is helping bring it to the mainstream. I read it when it first came out, and then reread it this week in anticipation of her appearance on Oprah to discuss women & erotica.
Th book is a great introduction, but in the world of Erotica a 2006 edition is quickly out of date. I recommend that you follow Violet's blog to keep up to date with some of the best releases that are geared for women + couples - which is a growing segment as she pointed out in her O! magazine article. Not interested in reading an entire book about it but you are interested her What's Worth Watching advice? The highlights include:
Comstock Films's Real People, Real Life, Real Sex Series Matt and Khym: Better Than Ever (Real People, Real Life, Real Sex series)
Cult Epics' Vintage Erotica Series
Chemistry, Erotica meets reality TV with this series from author Tristan Taormino Tristan Taormino's Chemistry, Vol 4
The Bi Apple, Outspoken sex blogger and activist Audacia Ray's directoral debut
Jenna Jameson Is The Masseuse

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Travers on February 16, 2010
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First, a disclaimer. I bought this book for an unusual reason and am not a part of the author's target market. I was having an argument on a legal forum over the reaches of the first amendment and things eventually moved towards questions of workplace harassment law and whether porn displayed in the workplace should be seen as harassment. Being the individual who thinks the the first amendment should preclude such claims in the absence of more evidence, I went off to do some research which eventually lead me to this book. Basically it seems to me that if at least a third of porn purchasers are currently women, then it seems hard to argue that this sort of approach isn't just court-sanctioned censorship (the question of whether it is wise for a corporation to allow porn in the workplace is a different question entirely). So I went out to look for a woman's pro-porn perspective and found this book.

This book is a guide for women who are interested in experimenting with viewing pornography. The author is a woman who has appeared as a pro-porn voice on shows like Oprah. The target audience will find a description of porn genres, what to expect, potential problems, etc. My guess is that it is probably a very good book in that area. However, I think it is a good book outside of its intended niche in part because it clarifies legal issues regarding "leaked" celebrity sex tapes, legal issues regarding pornography, and other things as well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah McCorry on July 24, 2008
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Practical book that helps women navigate the vast minefield of erotic entertainment out there to find what pleases them in porn.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher on March 12, 2007
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Full of recommendations/reviews/suggestions on all the different kinds of porn out there just waiting to be watched. A definitive porn resource.
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