- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: 1st Book Library (November 20, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587219069
- ISBN-13: 978-1587219061
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Secret Lives of Hyapatia Lee
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In reading her book, I found that she often comments on the number of her friends and associates in the adults film industry who have committed suicide. In my research on elderly suicide, I have learned that traumatic sexual experiences becomes a catalyst for suicide in old age. Rape and incest have long term effects on the social psychological well-being. In addition, Hyapathia Lee notes that she was subjected incest at an early age. In her book, she notes has been diagnosed with a Dissociative Disorder. Dissociative Disorder is the common result of incest and is an effective psychosocial mechanism to emotionally deal with the porn star environment. Frankly I think that Dissociative Disorder prevents a porn star from committing suicide. As a practicing gerontologist, I have found a number of elderly female patients with Dissociative Disorder. I must wonder if these women were raped at a young age.
Overall the book opens the door to understanding the background of the adult film industry. For example, she describes a lecture from the president of the United Nation's World Health Task Force on AIDS. The talk took place at a conference for adult film industry workers which included producers, directors and the actors. Lee writes: "He said we were not as smart as the 12-year-old prostitutes in Thailand he speaks to were. He could not believe we were so ignorant and foolish. I was ashamed to be part of something that had to obviously wasted his time. I am sure that he thought we were all morons.
Although she made a reasonable living in the adult film industry, she has turned against it. Within the pages of this book, she offers resources that can help women.
In the end, I have a better understanding of people's motivations and consequences related to their sexual lives.
Like others have already stated, the book wasn't particularly that well-written, although she clearly manages to get her points across. She claimed to have memory lapses, and I felt it showed at times. Took me awhile to learn where she was born and raised, since she doesn't really say at the beginning. Couldn't tell you what name she was born with. The few controversies that I knew about during her porn career are never brought up. And issue with Rocco Siffredi comes immediately to mind. Even though she talks about porn and the porn business quite a bit, she doesn't really talk about performing on camera that much, or sex in general that much. She seemed to have many opinions on them, but either decided not to talk about them, or simply forgot. Although I did get to know a whole lot more about her through the book, the book felt incomplete in many ways and in a lot of areas. Still it was definitely a eye-opening read and a good read. I would definitely recommend it to any fan of hers and any fan of the adult business.