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The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, edited by Tristan Taormino, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Constance Penley and Mireille Miller-Young, published by The Feminist Press at the City University of New York.

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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 porn–that 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.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Politics of Producing Pleasure by Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Mireille Miller-Young, and Tristan Taormino


Porn Wars by Betty Dodson

The Birth of the Blue Movie Critic by Susie Bright

Emotional Truths and Thrilling Slideshows: The Resurgence of Antiporn Feminism by Clarissa Smith and Feona Attwood

“What’s a Nice Girl Like You . . . ” by Candida Royalle

My Decadent Decade: Ten Years of Making and Debating Porn for Women by Ms. Naughty

From Text to Context: Feminist Porn and the Making of a Market by Lynn Comella


A Question of Feminism by Sinnamon Love

Interventions: The Deviant and Defiant Art of Black Women Porn Directors by Mireille Miller-Young

Fucking Feminism by Dylan Ryan

Queer Feminist Pigs: A Spectator’s Manifesta by Jane Ward

“Every time we fuck, we win”: The Public Sphere of Queer, Feminist and Lesbian Porn as a (Safe) Space for Sexual Empowerment by Ingrid Ryberg

Where The Trans Women Aren’t: The Slow Inclusion of Trans Women in Feminist/Queer Porn by Tobi Hill-Meyer

Imag(in)ing Possibilities: The Psychotherapeutic Potential of Queer Pornography by Keiko Lane


“A Feminist Teaching Pornography? That’s Like Scopes Teaching Evolution!” by Constance Penley

Cum Guzzling Anal Nurse Whore: A Feminist Porn Star Manifesta by Lorelei Lee

Pornography: A Black Feminist Woman Scholar’s Reconciliation by Ariane Cruz

Porn: An Effective Vehicle for Sexual Role Modeling and Education by Nina Hartley

From “It Could Happen to Someone You Love” to “Do You Speak Ass?”: Women and Discourses of Sex Education in Erotic Film and Video puttatube.com by Kevin Heffernan

Calling the Shots: Feminist Porn in Principle and Practice by Tristan Taormino

Our Pornography by Christopher Daniel Zeischegg a.k.a. Danny Wylde


Uncategorized: Genderqueer Identity and Performance in Independent and Mainstream Porn by Jiz Lee

Being Fatty D: Size, Beauty, and Embodiment in the Adult Industry by April Flores

The Power of My Vagina by Buck Angel

Bound By Expectation: The Racialized Sexuality of Porn Star Keni Styles by Celine Parreñas Shimizu

Knowing Dick: Penetration and the Pleasures of Feminist Porn’s Trans Men by Bobby Noble

Out of Line: The Sexy Femmegimp Politics of Flaunting It by Loree Erickson