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Watching Porn is a book about a journalist's foray into the porn industry as a film and sex toy critic and founder of a Whack! Magazine. The book aims to educate the reder into what really goes on behind the scenes. ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams
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L. McCoy
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
WARNING: GRAPHIC SEXUAL DISCUSSION, A BIT OF DARK HUMOR AND LOTS OF STRONG LANGUAGE AHEAD! If the first and last things in my warning offend you don’t read this book either.

No! This book started off so good but then suddenly sucked. What the fuck happened?

What’s it about?
Lynsey G. is a porn journalist. In this she talks about the good and bad of the porn and sex toy industries as well as their histories. Mix that with some experiences of hers that she discusses and talk about the political side
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Nev
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, nonfiction
This was an interesting look into the world of pornography. Lynsey G has a unique perspective, she wasn’t a performer, but as an adult entertainment journalist she was able to gain a lot of behind the scenes information through interviews with performers and directors.

Watching Porn covers a lot of ground. While it is part memoir about Lynsey’s time being a journalist, the main focus is relaying information about the adult industry. She covers the gonzo style of porn in the 2000s, the inequality
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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
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
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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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'. ...more
Stefanie
Strong 4.5. I think everyone should read this book, but especially X-ennial / early Millennial queer women who’ve ever watched porn (so like, all of us). Lyndsey’s story of writing for porn mags, interviewing the late 2000s stars and her personal crusade to explore “the space between” the industry and consumers is a fascinating blend of personal journey and intellectual exploration. It also really drove home the lesson: pay for your porn, if you want anything good.

Lyndsey’s a fresh and ambitious
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Lenny Peppers
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love the peek into the behind the scenes of the pornography industry. But I also enjoy the author's search for a job that both completes her while at the same time, providing the financial support that a good job should. As a journalist myself, I know how hard it is to make it in the world of writing. Also, can we talk about feminism, captalism, lgbtqia, and race in porn?! YES and she proves that it needs to be discussed in order to make a difference. ...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!
Liz
Oct 09, 2022 rated it liked it
I read this to try and understand why people watch porn, and it certainly met that objective. I learned a lot about the industry the people that work in it. It was like a cultural study of the subject. I only recommend it if you have wondered about the issues of what draws people to porn. The writing is excellent.
AGMaynard
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-auto-bio
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!
Erika
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I borrowed the audiobook from my local library. I found this book quite interesting and informative considering I know next to nothing about the porn industry other than occasionally watching it. Reading this book will make you see porn and the industry itself in a different light.
Shannon
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting to learn more about the inner workings ( no pun intended ) on a taboo industry and topic. I listened to this book by accident as I clicked on the wrong button on Hoopla, but I’m glad I did.
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. ...more
QueenB
Aug 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The premise of this book sounded great and then it never really picked up for me. I would sit to read it and I couldn't get interested. I hate DNF but I have so many other books to read, I didn't want this one hanging around and taking up my reading time. ...more
May 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. ...more
Alexander Caro
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very interesting view of the industry with a lot of insider knowledge
Carl
Sep 25, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Humorous and very good writing. Definitely provided some interesting behind the scene information about the porn industry without being catty or soliticious.
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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