- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Cleis Press; First Edition edition (June 29, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 157344247X
- ISBN-13: 978-1573442473
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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"Violet says women who are looking to spice things up need to know the difference between porn and erotica. (...) What's best for beginners? Get Violet's recommendations in The Smart Girl's Guide to Porn." --Oprah.com
Violet's unabashed love of blue movies, coupled with her honest acknowledgement of why it's difficult to find the good stuff, offers women exactly what the title promises: a guide, not a list of skin flicks for chicks. --Wired.com's Sex Drive
The Smart Girl's Guide to Porn -- Sexuality Bronze Medal Winner, 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards -- All National Categories --Independent Publisher Book Awards
About the Author
Violet Blue is a best-selling author of sex manuals and editor of erotica. She writes for and has been interviewed by O: The Oprah Magazine, The History Channel, and Penthouse, and in 2013 was named one of the Best Sex Educators in San Francisco by SF Weekly. She lives in San Francisco.
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A bit outdated, and contains (what seemed to me to be) shameless advertising: the author tends to push products that she herself is comfortable with, which is understandable, and very useful for women who have, again, little to no previous experience.
Still, I learned a few things I didn't know and got clarification on some things I have been wondering about.
Recommended for beginners; not recommended for those who already know their way around.
This book is a guide for women who are interested in experimenting with viewing pornography. The author is a woman who has appeared as a pro-porn voice on shows like Oprah. The target audience will find a description of porn genres, what to expect, potential problems, etc. My guess is that it is probably a very good book in that area. However, I think it is a good book outside of its intended niche in part because it clarifies legal issues regarding "leaked" celebrity sex tapes, legal issues regarding pornography, and other things as well.
Additionally, this book covers a number of topics outside the traditional narrow definition of pornography, discussing adult sex-ed videos (including erotic massage instructional tapes, tapes describing how to have sex with someone who has had a spinal cord injury, etc), for example, and the list of resources has some genuine surprises in it.
For example, she includes as an "indie Porn producer" the company Comstock Films, which has released about seven titles to date. What makes Comstock a bit surprising is the fact that they have received raving reviews in magazines like Oprah Magazine and Women's Health.
One glaring omission in the book is the rise of what we might see as "sexually explicit art films" which have begun to surface in recent decades (9 songs - Unrated Full Uncut Version and Romance are typical examples though I haven't watched either of these). Sometimes Silip: Daughters of Eve is placed in this genre, which may be reasonable, though I found it to be a very un-erotic film even though it is extremely thought-provoking and an excellent art movie (see my review of that film). Often times directors here have been interested not in producing cross-over hits but rather pushing the limits of the art film genre. This is somewhat surprising given the breadth of the book as it is.
All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a different perspective on pornography.
The book spends way too many pages introducing you to the idea that you need to get used to not liking a lot of what you see in porn. Such words of wisdom as using the fast forward button when you come to stuff you might not like doesn't stack up as very mature advice. The very fact that something at first bothers some women about some specific kind of porn scene often leads to a fascination with self same scenes when exposed to them more regularly.
This book also should have had a more comprehensive list of prominent types of porn and specific titles and directors. A mention of the genuinely great director Tanya Hyde, to begin with, was one of many missed opportunities for the author of this book, which tends to read like a junior high school pamphlet written by a 6th grader who has barely begun to explore the various artistic aspects of the porn world, as she mainly focuses on mainstream American porn and is very general in her knowledge even of that.
I mean, really Violet Blue... did you actually need a college education and phony porn name to go into such deep concepts? I've read comic books that give me a better understanding of this subject!