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Watching Porn: And Other Confessions of an Adult Entertainment Journalist

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Lynsey 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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams
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Nat Walton
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction, lgbtq
3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed this book. I've always liked memoir-based non-fiction that dives into the author's personal life and then provides additional research related. I've found that it gives it a really approachable feel and usually takes root differently because of its basis in personal experience. Watching Porn is no different.

Personally, I'm fascinated by the sex work industry. As a sociology student, I've spent a lot of time thinking about and learning about our responses to those who a
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Anna Volk
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: porn-matters

Watching Porn: And Other Confessions from an Adult Entertainment Journalist
By Lynsey G

If Carol Hanisch said the personal is political, Lynsey G. extends this claim and dares to cross frontiers which are as daring as Hanisch’s back in 1969. In Watching Porn: And Other Confessions from an Adult Entertainment Journalist (New York: Overlook Press, 2017), G. interweaves personal narrative with a fresh and funny journalistic look into an industry that most of us would be too embarrassed to admit to en
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dennis
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
fascinating & intriguing!

and now i *want* to pay for my porn . . . .

ETA--i borrowed this from the library. ended up buying it for the useful appendices
Jenny Williamson
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Porn is something we all watch and almost none of us talk about. Porn journalist Lynsey G hauls our deepest, darkest porn proclivities into the spotlight and makes us look at them. Watching Porn is a no-holds-barred deep-dive into all aspects of the industry, from the lives and daily challenges of performers to the impact of digital pirating on what gets made and why. It is also a searingly honest self-examination of the author’s own relationship with porn and history of sexual assault; her comm ...more
Kirsten
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some clumsy and unclear sentences (possibly just missed in editing?) - otherwise a very coherent read that beautifully inhabits that 'middle ground between porn and public'.
Bbaron 21
I don't understand the positive reviews for this book. It reads like a mixture of dreary essays about porn and a memoir of the author's somewhat tangential association with the industry. Toward the end, she writes, "I'm just not that interesting" -- and that's a big part of the problem with the book. She could have livened things up by spotlighting some of the people she met in porn. Instead, we just get a lot of quotes from recycled interviews she has done. Reading this is like watching an endl ...more
Ian Worling
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written and often thoughtful look at the porn industry and the people who choose to work in it.
A number of stereotypes are debunked and topics such as racism, the straight/gay divide, and consent are covered in an always interesting manner. It is also more fun to read than I have made it sound!
AGMaynard
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Offers a lot of information on the field, including porn criticism, the general industry, subgenres, and more. Recommended if you are interested in the industry and how it fits in everywhere. Stormy Daniels is even quoted once!
Bethany
Got halfway through; it wasn't bad, but I thought the writing could use some tightening up and I felt like it was getting repetitive. I really did mean to go back to it, but after setting it down for 3 weeks I just couldn't summon the interest to keep reading.
May Ling Su
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set aside my giddiness for having been included in the book toward the end, this book was a fun and informative read. Lynsey G lets us see into the rapidly changing world of porn through a feminist's glasses.
Liralen
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Part memoir, part research, Watching Porn is an in-depth exploration of the adult entertainment industry, as seen by somebody on the outskirts. Lynsey G. is in a unique position to examine the industry: she's not directly involved in it (e.g., she has never performed in porn), but she's also not a total outsider: not long out of college, at loose ends and in need of work, she found herself taking a freelance gig as a porn reviewer.

This was not, uh, refined work. But one job led to another led to
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This book, unlike its subject, neither transgresses nor titillates.
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