Please join us at the brand-new Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library on Sunday, September 22 at 1pm to talk about the history, theory, and anecdotes compiled by academics and sex-industry heavyweights (see below) in the anthology, 'The Feminist P*rn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure' (The Feminist Press, 2013).
We decided to make sex work the subject of our September book club discussion after a promising segue during our July meeting. All are welcome to listen and contribute to another thoughtful conversation this September.
From Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry's review:
"This volume brings together academics, activists, and p*rn entrepreneurs who have a startling array of interactions with p*rnography as an experience, a business, and a field of inquiry. This text is straightforward and informative in ways that are unfortunately rare in the multi-decade feminist struggle over p*rn. It's also fun and sometimes a bit naughty to read. The authors do not assume that the p*rn industry as it exists is the one essential and only possible incarnation of p*rn. Instead, they assume that when feminists engage, intervene in, produce, and study p*rnography, they can radically alter its formations and meanings. At the core of the book is the question: Can p*rn coexist with the principles of feminism? No matter how one ultimately adjudicates this question, The Feminist P*rn Book leaves no doubt about the inherent value in the inquiry itself."
More at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13592074-the-feminist-porn-book
The editors of the Feminist P*rn Book are Tristan Toarmino, a sex educator, feminist p*rnographer, and the award-winning author, and three scholars from UC Santa Barbara: filmmaker and film scholar Celine Parreñas Shimizu, a professor of Asian American Studies; Constance Penley, a professor of film and media studies; and Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies who researches and teaches about race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture and the sex industries.
Note: There is no * in the title. We starred the word in this post to bypass some internet filters and blockers that could keep people from finding the event.