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Confessions of a Video Vixen Hardcover – June 28, 2005
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After I read the book, I realized that I've read about "Karrine" before. Her face and individual details of her life may vary from others, but her background is the same as many top porn stars. It's all there: the extreme neglect of her parents, violent beatings, rape, abuse and mental cruelty. All done to her before the age of 16. Jenna Jameson (#1 porn star) has a similar background and biography.
Look a bit deeper at this book (forget about all the glamour and the videos and hip-hop stars for a second). What do we learn here? We learn that if families and friends devalue and abuse young girls and cause them to hate themselves and their own bodies, you can virtually guarantee a future stripper, hooker, or porn star. Why? Because she's been taught all her life that she's stupid, she's unlovable, and she's a waste, except for her mouth and the private part between her legs. It shouldn't surprise anyone that she uses it to get things in life.
Karrine didn't create herself - the people and systems that allow girls to get abused and abandoned (her mother beat her - her Dad wasn't there for her) created her and the other women like her. She doesn't deserve our scorn, she needs counseling, support, and love. There but by the grace of God...who's to say that any of us women wouldn't have been in her shoes given the same circumstances.
This is not to say that Karrine always made the right decisions. She abandoned her son with her abusive husband, and she got hooked on alcohol and designer drugs. She used people, and she allowed herself to be used repeatedly.Read more ›
Because of her unfortunate foundations, it is sad and fascinating to see the path she traveled that led her to experience so many unfulfilling and sometimes dangerous sexual relationships with men in the entertainment and sports industries. I believe that Hollywood paints such a false and misleading picture of success - the more money you earn, the more material things you acquire, and the more you associate with the so-called in-crowd, the more valuable you are. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth and the book serves as a good wake-up call.
Although Ms. Steffans went through much pain and heartache, maybe her story can be a harsh reminder that self-esteem cannot be based on the acceptance of others - people can let you down - and your true value isn't based on the false security of materialism, things come and go.
This book should be read by young women who believe that being a video ho is something to be proud of. This book will show you the downside of the industry that isn't often publicized -- and if some young lady's life can be altered - perhaps Karrine's story is worth telling, even if everyone doesn't agree with how she's telling it.
Any elements of a "cautionary tale" seem lacking here; every page except for those in the hasty, insincere epilogue drips with pride in her self-destructive behavior.
I can't imagine the effects of her life on her poor son.
And listen to her tone about Ice T, who has briefly escaped his longtime girlfriend and young son for a brief tryst with her by telling them he "was going to the bank of something"--this on Christmas morning, no less:
"He operated in his own space and time. No one made Ice do anything he didn't want to do."
Karrine oozes with respect for these foul celebrities who so willingly cheat on their wives and girlfriends (and leave their children) for a bit of her famous fellatio.
Will more males earn Karrine's respect by lying and cheating on their wives and girlfriends; to "operate in their own space and time," like Ice T?
Yes, I understand that she had an abusive mother, absent father,and vicious husband. But there is little personal growth here.
I had to take a shower after reading it; not because I was turned on, but because I felt so filthy afterward.
Her introduction says it all: "No shame in my game."
Like most, I was just a bit curious after getting just tidbits of her personal story during various media promotions.
Readers will interpret this book one of two ways ... A) Take all of her sordid tales for what they're worth with moments of awe, compassion and skepticism while ultimately gaining a broader appreciation for the "real world" out there OR B) Angrily criticize her every move and judgment as she discloses chilling, deeply personal acts that don't always paint her in any better light than the beaus she bedded.
I for one fell in category A.
I don't by any means approve of much of the lifestyle she lived as an adult, but it's really not for me to judge.
I will admit just reading through names of her patnaz and lots of unflattering intimate deatils of cats like Usher, Diddy, Ice T, Shaq, Brandy's brother (yes, Brandy's lil bro), Dr. Dre, Xzibit, DMX, Ja Rule, Merlin Santana and Kool G. Rap ... (the list goes on) makes for that "driving by an accident and trying not to look, but ultimately giving in" effect. Juicy, juicy details are what I've been discussing with family and friends ever since.
But don't get it twisted and miss the big picture. This really is a cautionary tale more than trashy (bad) romance novel in scope.
Ms. Steffans was raped as a teen, physically abused by her mother and had an absent father for most of her young life. That background couldn't be different from my cushy, sweet as pie childhood by comparison AND BECAUSE of this I think it's important to try to relate to her experiences humbly without casting judgment over the decisions she made in adulthood.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I must admit it was great and the 1st half caught my attention and wanted to finish the book in one day but once I got to the second half and deeper into the book I lost interest... Read morePublished 4 days ago by MyMy Williams
I couldn't put this book down, its like reading a letter from a close friend. Her story is absolutely intriguing, her words and message are so clear. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Celebrity tell all books are still juicy even after all these years, and Karrine Steffans's book is no exception. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MortensOrchid
Sad story on how the ravages of bad parenting, neglect and abuse can effect the self worth of a young woman who then believes her body is the means to her success. Read morePublished 2 months ago by V. Harewood