Off the Set: Porn Stars and Their Partners Hardcover – April 2, 2010
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Off the Set treats porn seriously, and its stars shine when given the chance to exhibit all of themselves, not just the naughty bits. --Penthouse Magazine
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.75 pounds
- Hardcover : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0615338631
- ISBN-13 : 978-0615338637
- Publisher : Aural Pink Press, LLC; First edition (April 2, 2010)
- Language: : English
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In all honesty, I picked this up expecting it to have less nudity than it actually does. When you consider the ideas of "porn star" and "off the set" together, doesn't that kind of flip a switch in your head? "I go to work and have to wear clothes. They go to work and have to be naked. Thus, since I go home and want to be naked..." Paulie and Pauline (who as far as I can tell self-published this book; I can find not a whisper of mention of Aural Pink Press anywhere not directly related to this book), on the other hand, made sure to capture the offscreen relationships, sexual and otherwise, of their subjects. As a result, it's worth noting if you have kiddies that you may want to tuck this one on one of your higher shelves until they're older, since it does show some naughty bits. Of course, if you share my belief that it's idiotic that we, as a culture, are okay with kids having almost limitless access to violence but cover their eyes at the glimpse of a naked breast, then ignore that advice. In my house, it's on the second shelf from the bottom. (Granted, my kid is 15.)
The title tells you everything you need to know, really. The subjects are porn stars and their offscreen husbands, wives, lovers, occasionally "partner" in the sense of "business partner". Some of those are also in the industry, some are not. Some have sex for the camera; some are more candid shots just around the house, or in the backyard. (Lots of backyards. Assuming, that is, one keeps one's swimming pool back there. Everyone I know who has one does, but I'm not a porn star.) And given that the concept of the book, in the words of the introduction, is to "demystify" the porn star, it does its job, and it does it well. Porn stars are just like us, though quite a few of them are a lot more into plastic surgery than the average person.
I probably shouldn't be so flip about a book I liked as much as I did this one. The pictures are a mix of posed and candid that keep the experience interesting. The small essays interspersed throughout, written by the subjects, are varied and generally quite good. And there really IS a sense of "aw, shucks, honey, they're just like us." Mission accomplished. Pick this up. ****
The timing of this book is important as "the sex wars" are heating up again. Off the Set is an important -- and productive -- voice and visual in these ongoing conversations about sexuality and the politics of pornography.
(As an aside, the previous reviewer mentions nudity in the book. There's some mild nudity but really nothing more than I see in ads for lingerie in the daily newspaper.)