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Philosophy, Pussycats, & Porn is a series of essays, blog posts, and stories surveying more than a decade of poignant journalistic accounts from internationally recognized writer, actor, and pornographer Stoya.

Stoya provides crucial examinations of systemic biases toward sex workers and how sexuality is reflected in society. Stoya often points her journalistic lens inw
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152 pages
Published 2018 by Not A Cult
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Warwick
Stoya is both thoughtful and articulate, which in the world of adult entertainment makes her something like a public intellectual. She's the Christopher Hitchens of porn. You can see as much from the understated classical cover of this book of essays, which screams, if not quite ‘I've read Nietzsche!’, then at least ‘I can spell Nietzsche!’

Of course, being snarky about a porn star's essay-writing is cheap and unfair, and I'm going to stop that right now. The truth is I think Stoya is great, and
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Teo Mechea
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
Well, I will rate this book against other books of its genre - which is the funny, witty, snappy, eloquent and easy going type - and so the 4 stars are under that precise context and not in the large sense of literary works. Usually, these particular kinds of books only achieve to either bore or annoy me, which I gladly found it was not the case with Stoya.

It is a great insight into the porn industry and in Stoya's life (which to be honest is the only reason I considered reading this) which is p
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DoctorM
Essays, blog posts, reviews, and a bit of memoir from the lovely and thoughtful Stoya, who's rather the hip intellectual's porn star. I'll admit that I've never seen any of her on-camera work, but I've been reading her various blogs and articles for four or five years now, and I find her bright, serious, and clever. This is (yes) a charming little collection. Stoya has things to say that are worth reading and pondering, and I do like her voice in her essays. Anyway--- I'm glad I bought the book, ...more
Tara
I started the year reading another book of essays and it fell short for me, "Philosophy, Pussycats, and Porn" delivered everything I was hoping to get from the other book. A great mix of fun and informative, Stoya has a lot of interesting things to say. I've always enjoyed her writing, I remember one essay really sticking with me when I read it online years ago and I was delighted to see it included in this collection.

Where some have expressed a desire for the shorter essays to be explored in mo
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Russell Grant
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I enjoyed this one. Much of it I was familiar with due to reading her blog and other writings as I became aware of them. Having them all in one place, and presented in this order made for an interesting read. Sometimes clinical, sometimes sexy, always revealing, it's a wonderful departure from the usual "Porn Star Bio" book since it's not a biography despite Stoya sharing parts of her life.

Only complaint is it could have used more cats, but then couldn't everything? (Not really a complaint.)

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Hanna Yost
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: essays
In an articulate voice and functional style, Stoya offers wit and insight in this collection of essays. Best known for her porn star status, Stoya covers the topics readers expect her to, from sex within a relationship to sex for performance. More than this, however, she presents herself as a wonderfully relatable narrator, fangirling over her favorite artist, dying of period cramps, and struggling to navigate a world where as a woman, she is sometimes considered less human than her male peers.
Nathalie Amores
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Un libro muy informativo y entretenido: los tras telones del mundo del porno, la vida personal y profesional de una actriz de la industria. Quien conoce su voz y su risa por "Hysterical literature" disfrutará este libro como escucharla en vivo. Lo único que me hizo falta es más gatitos en la historia.
Kaiti
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection of short essays has had me hooked since page one! Stoya’s vulnerability, humor, and intelligence is so wonderful and the illustrations littered throughout really add to the experience. This book has an essay for nearly every human emotion. I highly recommend it!
Edward
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
An utterly delightful book. The essays are warm and at times brilliant. I found myself delaying finishing the book. Highly recommended.
Joseph McGuire
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stoya's writing has an incredible power that draws you in regardless what she happens to be writing about. Thoroughly enjoyed this work and I look forward to anything else she puts out there.
Fyodor
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Required reading. Full of heart-wrenching empathy and invaluable information. Personally, politically and intellectual touching. Stoya is an incredible writer, thinker and activist.
Mlle Ghoul
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have some thoughts about this series of essays and blog posts from writer, actor, and pornographer Stoya– a personality, and human, whom I deeply admire (at least when it comes to her work and writings. I have never met her, and do not know her personally.) However, I’m not sure I can convey my thoughts articulately and in a way that I feel that this book deserves.

On one hand, it’s an intensely intimate look at someone’s reflections and ruminations, musings and meditations… and not in any sor
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Megan Leigh
More a collection of thoughts than essays. They are enjoyable but I found myself wishing she would tackle subjects in more depth.
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Stoya (born 1986) is an American pornographic actress, model and writer.
“Question… vocally. Question the things I say, question your newspapers, television reporters and favorite blog. Question the things you thought and the things you think now. It’s the only way any of us are going to grow… …or maybe I’m wrong.” 0 likes
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