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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425159868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425159866
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,945,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

A lot of people have written about the phenomena of cybersex--some to tell their own adventures and others to provide social analysis. Author Cleo Odzer has the qualifications and talent to do both. As an anthropologist with a specialty in human sexuality issues and an unabashed cybersex enthusiast, she draws on both her own sexuality and her professional training to explore the worlds of cybersex in both personal and analytical manners within Virtual Spaces. She doesn't shrink from any aspect of online eroticism, providing replays of online events from the flirtatious to the explicit. However, this is not a romanticized portrayal of the cybererotic; it is instead a look at how real people sexually interact in fantasy environments and how the physical interaction is fictional, but psychological and emotional interactions are totally real.

As Odzer shares her experiences from a variety of online environments ranging from simple chat areas to complex MOOs and palaces, she explores the meaning of cybersex. She considers what cybersex means to individuals and what role it can play in both healthy and unhealthy sexuality, as well as how it can interact with the "face to face" world. Odzer doesn't ignore the ethical issues attached to sexuality--from gender discrimination to pornography--as they apply both online and off. Through it all, Virtual Spaces delivers a message about the reality of online eroticism in terms of emotional interaction among people and as a means of often surprising self-discovery.

About the Author

Cleo Odzer, Ph.D., spent her youth traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India before settling in Goa, India in 1975. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology in 1980. Her dissertation on prostitution in Thailand was the basis for her first book, Patpong Sisters: An American Woman's View of the Bangkok Sex World. Her second book was Goa Freaks, and her video "Cleo's Adventures on the MOO" has been aired on Public Access television.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Hodgson on February 8, 2001
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This book is best read as the third in Cleo's series of rich yet exotic life experiences. As with the other two books, here we have a woman whose looks and charm have allowed her to squeak through a whole host of interesting experiences that, by now, should have left her dead, diseased, or incapacitated. But fortunately for us, we have this MUD & VR-centric collection of experiences that are refreshing, fun and immersive from this woman's community-centric point of view - and a very honest take on the (intended and unintended) hypocricies of love online.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1998
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It is very remarkable for you to write so frankly about something that is contrary to "our everyday lifestyle", and do it so well. Your books have been very interesting to read and Sex and the Cyber Citizen has proven your talent as a writer once again. Cleo keep em coming. Thanks.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1998
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It is remarkable and inspiring when an author can write with such honesty. Amusing and poignant, this book is ultimately a fascinating look into virtual worlds that few people understand the full extent of. She writes like an adult for other adults, unlike so many other books about the internet. A wonderful book...
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 1998
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Cleo Odzer, Phd, proves that in America these days, almost anyone with a pulse can call themselves a "Phd." Her writing style is dull, and her honesty doubtful - but her choice of subjects are always interesting.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anne Stirling Hastings on May 28, 1998
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As a psychologist specializing in sexuality, I found this book not at all qualifying as a professional offering. Odzer gives us pornography herself, and justifies it by her "analysis." Cybersex isn't normal sex, its symptomatic of loneliness and isolation, and often addiction. Readers shouldn't be reassured, but rather helped to take a look at what is missing from their social and love lives. Anyone who does more than take an occasional look at cyberporn should be worried.
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