Watching Porn: And Other Confessions of an Adult Entertainment Journalist

Watching Porn: And Other Confessions of an Adult Entertainment Journalist

by Lynsey G

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Overview

One feminist’s candid account of her unexpected adventure in the world of porn journalism, and her discovery of an industry that is more nuanced than she ever imaginedLynsey G. never imagined that she would ever work in porn, but at 24 years old, with a degree in English literature and an empty bank account, she found herself reviewing the film East Coast ASSault for an adult magazine in New York City. One interview later and it was official: she was a porn journalist. The job was supposed to be temporary—just a paycheck until she could spark her legitimate writing career—but she loved it and spent nearly a decade describing the nuances of money shots and the effectiveness of sex toys. As both a porn consumer and a porn critic, she was not quite an insider, not quite an outsider, but came to know the industry intimately.She found it so fascinating that she co-founded WHACK! Magazine. Finally, she had a platform to voice her thoughts and observations of the adult film world, as well as educate the rest of us about what really goes on behind the scenes.Eventually, Lynsey was thrust back into the “real” world, but not before realizing that one of the most diverse and nebulous—and profitable—industries on the planet isn’t so quite as different from the rest of the world as she thought.Tantalizing, eye-opening, and witty, Watching Porn is a provocative book about an average girl’s foray into the porn industry and the people who make it what it is, both in front of and behind the camera.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468312034
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Lynsey G has been writing about the intersection of pornography, feminism, and sexuality since 2007 as a reviewer, interviewer,
critic, and blogger for multiple adult magazines and websites. She's also published journalism, poetry, narrative nonfiction, and fiction in Bitch Magazine, McSweeney's Internet
Tendency, Nerve.com, Luna Luna
Magazine, Stirring: A Literary Journal, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review,
and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Before Porn 13

Chapter 2 Getting In 23

Chapter 3 East Coast Assault 29

Chapter 4 The Early Days 41

Chapter 5 The Backward Slide 49

Chapter 6 Whack! Magazine 59

Chapter 7 The Conflicted Existence of the Female Porn Writer 73

Chapter 8 In the Flesh 81

Chapter 9 The Guys 91

Chapter 10 Vegas and the Sex Toy Revelation 103

Chapter 11 Creepazoid Territory 113

Chapter 12 The New Girl 123

Chapter 13 Editor in Chief 139

Chapter 14 Racism in the Industry 155

Chapter 15 Other "Isms" 171

Chapter 16 The Gay Divide & the Condom Wars 185

Chapter 17 The Feminist Porn Awards 205

Chapter 18 Making It in Miami 219

Chapter 19 Losing It to the Tubes 227

Chapter 20 Porn, Art, and Obscenity 249

Chapter 21 Winner 266

A Glossary of Porn Terminology 283

Recommended Viewing for the Feminist-Minded 289

Further Reading List for the Curious 293

Acknowledgments 295

Bibliography 299

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