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The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure

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The Feminist Porn Book brings together for the first time writings by feminists in the adult industry and research by feminist porn scholars. This book investigates not only how feminists understand pornography, but also how feminists do pornthat is, direct, act in, produce, and consume one of the world’s most lucrative and growing industries. With original contributions by Susie Bright, Candida Royalle, Betty Dodson, Nina Hartley, Buck Angel, Lynn Comella, Jane Ward, Ariane Cruz, Kevin Heffernan, and more, The Feminist Porn Book updates the arguments of the porn wars of the 1980s, which sharply divided the women’s movement, and identifies pornography as a form of expression and labor in which women and racial and sexual minorities produce power and pleasure.

Tristan Taormino is a sex educator, feminist pornographer, and the award-winning author of seven books includingThe Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women and Opening Up. As head of Smart Ass Productions, she has directed and produced twenty-four adult films. She is the host of Sex Out Loud” on The VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network. She lectures at top colleges and universities around the world.

Filmmaker and film scholar Celine Parreñas Shimizu is Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her books areStraitjacket Sexualities and The Hypersexuality of Race, winner of the 2009 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Her award-winning films are distributed by Progressive Films and Third World Newsreel.

Constance Penley is Professor of Film and Media Studies and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, University of California at Santa Barbara. A founding editor of Camera Obscura, her work includesThe Future of an Illusion: Film, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis, NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America, Teaching Pornography (forthcoming), and influential collectionsFeminism and Film Theory, Male Trouble, and Technoculture.

Mireille Miller-Young, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She researches and teaches about race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture and the sex industries. Her forthcoming book,A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women, Sex Work, and Pornography (Duke University Press) examines African American women’s sex work in the porn industry.

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