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Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing in on Internet Sexploration

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Few things are more misunderstood and cause more fear and suspicion than the combination of female sexuality and the Internet. Naked on the Internet explores how women use cyberspace, personally and professionally, to learn about themselves, connect with others, and make a living. Author Audacia Ray then goes further, examining the Internet as a valuable though often ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published May 30th 2007 by Seal Press (first published May 9th 2007)
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Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in the sociology of sex and the internet
Shelves: sociology
Audacia Ray, staying true to herself as a sex-positive blogger with a casual, interested tone when it comes to sexuality and the internet, presents this book with a wit often absent in women's studies books. She covers a basic history of sex on the internet, beginning with the earliest listservs to camgirl blogs and support groups (with a full index of terminology and URLs, which thankfully there is no need to flip back and forth between as you read).

It is quite refreshing, for me, to finally
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. Written from behind her on line identity as Audacia Ray, Naked on the Internet presents itself as a cross between the authors personal experience and more generalized qualitative research. The result is certainly personal and may be sufficiently representative to be a research tool. There should be no doubt that this is not targeted to a family audience, but neither is it going to directly serve anybodys prurient interests. Many of the listed URLs are live and more than a ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rather impressed with this. More thoughtful about the complications and contradictions than it might have been (given the rather sensationalist title - publishers!). Though, me being a historian and all, it made me think about other times and places which enabled women to explore themselves in a relatively anonymous way - cf Walkowitz on the late Victorian metropolis. But it does grapple with that pleasure/danger axis around female sexuality - I note that she has an ack to Anne Snitow, who was ...more
Oct 08, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a fair read. I was disappointed that the scope was wide but not too deep--I would have liked less of a survey and more depth from all of the women interviewed. I was also a little disappointed that there were so few men interviewed/quoted. There are good reason for the fact that Ray mostly talks about *women* naked on the internet, but I would have liked to have at least some information on how men deal with Hookups, downloads, and cashing in on internet sexploration...there was ...more
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those interested in the internet's impact on relationships and digital pornography
I was pleasantly surprised to find this book in Lambda Rising in DC when I was there. I had discovered Audacia Ray's blog through an online friend and been enjoying it for a few weeks. It was very interesting to read this book, a spinoff of her master's thesis. It is very well researched and answered a lot of my questions about some internet sites and activities I have only heard about or considered looking into. Very informative and accessible even to those who haven't spent much time online.
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
this book has me interested in sex work. with all of the recent conversations with the internet altering social landscapes, it is awesome to hear how the internet (though it can be dangerous - it's like having sex without a condom or not knowing how to properly handle a firearm) is being used as a tool of liberation and to connect with people. though this book concentrates on sexually connecting with 'generous men.'
Erin Siegal
Aug 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-read
well, full disclosure firstly: i helped the lovely ms. audacia proof her first book before it went to press. nevertheless, it's a good one: informational, smart, conversational, and interesting. for anyone interested in the multiple intersections sex/society, sex/commerce, sex/technology, sex/gender, or sex/femimism (to name a mere few), i'd definitely recommend this one.
John Deltuvia
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although written as a current events book, that was in 2007 so the book is a bit dated by now both sociologically and technologically. Still serves as an excellent history of sexuality - especially feminist power - on the internet from 1992 - 2007.
Kate Schimpf
Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Interesting insight into the world of blog-exhibitionists. Got this one as a gift, would never have picked it up on my own but I found it ... educational. If you think craig's list gets raunchy ... yikes.
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Awesome, insightful and dude, I'm in it.
Emily (emilykatereads)
I read most of this while doing research for a paper and it was really helpful and also interesting.
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Audacia Ray is a New York-based social justice advocate, storyteller, writer, and editor who currently serves her LGBTQ community as Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. She is the author of the book Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In on Internet Sexploration (Seal Press, 2007) and an editor of the anthology $pread: ...more

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“As a woman of color who is interested in these issues of democracy and who wants to enact social change, Pilaf sees the Internet as a tool that perpetuates the corporate, white, middle-class hegemony of American consumer culture rather than a tool for revolution. Instead of viewing the Internet as a new outlet for activism and that opens up a world of communication, Pilaf sees the online communication and activism as an escape valve, a way to remove oneself from interactions with people. Although I disagree with her on this point, I’m very much aware that my ability to see the Internet as revolutionary comes from a place of privilege, in which I can think of the Internet as a sexual, political, and intellectual arena because I’m in a place (geographically and economically) where these are the very things that are my primary focus and concern. Although some of Pilaf’s criticisms overlap with those technophobes who view the Internet as the devil’s playground, her observations come from a very real, intense place of political and personal discomfort with forging ahead of digital culture and the casualties this ‘progress’ may leave.” 2 likes
“The darkness that exists online is not a property that lurks inside our servers and our cyberdildonics; it is inside the people who have found an outlet that exists to express themselves---for both good and evil (and sexy stuff in between). To say that the Internet is an entity that threatens human society, morality, and nature is naive at best and an expression of displaced blame at worst.” 2 likes
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