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Naked Ambition: Women Who Are Changing Pornography Paperback – October 13, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786715901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786715909
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,397,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm glad that this collection managed to open the minds of some other readers/reviews and make them less judgemental, but for anyone who already has an open mind about sex work, this book is really a bust. There is very little content here that attests to women actually CHANGING the industry, rather than just taking on jobs behind the camera instead of in front and then executing the same movies that men in their positions have before. Granted, this is A change, but not one that merits a 350 page book.

Milne, the editor, has made the mistake of inviting quite a few women who are NOT writers to compose articles for the collection, which means the writing styles are often dull and lifeless. Many of these women come across as never questioning the industry's status quo, celebrating their total immersion into cutthroat capitalism, and often even seem rather angry and arrogant. Chapters frequently degenerate into a bit of childhood background, then a profoundly uninteresting "this is what a day in my life is like" section followed by a few unexplained (and therefore unconvincing) claims about porn being inevitable and timeless. At least 30% of the book consists of boring, resume like lists of the various jobs certain writers bounced around in before settling on their current one. A great deal of attention is devoted to petty industry power plays and sycophantic "I've worked with Jenna for 10 years" nonsense. I actually found the most baffling chapter to be Tera Patrick's, who writes obsessively about how popular and beloved she is, how well her movies do, etc etc etc. only to make a claim a paragraph later that she doesn't care what others think.
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Format: Paperback
Carly has done a good job of collecting stories from people inside the adult industry. As a member of the industry, I'm aware of the back story on some of the people listed here. What I can tell you is that the stories are certainly accurate from their perspective.

I would have preferred to see more commentary from Carly in the book. Since she has had the opportunity to work with some of the adult industry people in a professional capacity, she could have given us some perspective on the stories. Or, even brief side comments on how she chose the people involved and the process to get them to offer their stories. With the people involved, I'm sure there were some interesting events. In its presented format, her involvement seems nominal, and almost a deception as "author." She's a talented writer, and could have used this platform to introduce herself to the literary world. I'd like to see more of the cover promise of "how they are changing the sex industry."

As another reviewer here says, some of those included in the book are certainly not writers. In contrast to that opinion, I find it refreshing to hear their words directly. not through the "make it sound nice" filter so often used in autobiographical works.

This format also doesn't take a story that warrants a very long chapter and tries to stretch it into a full blown book. (No pun intended) I've been disappointed by some of the other biographies released in recent years that were thin, and obviously puffed to fill a book. Here, we get many mini books for the price of one. In that sense, it's a bargain for the price of the material. If you want to start doing research on people in the industry, this is a good place to start.

All in all, a very good read from the professional pleasure creators.
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My boyfriend is a big Tera Patrick fan, so I got this for him after finding out she wrote a chapter. He hasn't had a chance to read it yet because I have been hogging it.

After reading this, I am not only a fan of Tera's, I am fan of most of the women that contributed to it. This book is fascinating! There is so much more to the porn industry than meets the eye. I feel like a jerk for saying this, but I had no idea how intelligent some of these women are.

I know that this is supposed to be a review and not a live journal entry, but I have to share this. I think it really shows the spirit of the book.

I actually bought the book from one of the women that contributed! My boyfriend dragged me into Eros Boutique, in Boston, a year ago to get an outfit for a party. I've only been in there a few times, but everyone that was working seemed nice. There was no creepy vibe so I wasn't afraid to go back by myself to get his birthday presents. The girl working (not Sheila) told me about the book after I bought a few of Tera's videos. After reading it, I went back to get another copy of Naked Ambition for a friend of mine, and I bought it from Sheila Rae! Her chapter was one of my favorites. She wasn't a snob or anything when I asked her to sign it, either. She was pretty busy so I didn't get a chance to talk to her for long, but I did enough to think that she seemed pretty down to earth.

These are just normal women with very interesting stories to tell. I didn't realize how judgemental I was until I read this. It's kind of a wake up call. You don't have to like porn to like this book.
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