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The Smart Girl's Guide to Porn

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  86 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The secret is out: Women watch porn. A recent study by Glamour magazine found that 87 percent of women ages 25 to 39 enjoy porn as part of their self-defined healthy sexual lifestyles — even more than use sex toys.
In The Smart Girl’s Guide to Porn, acclaimed sex educator Violet Blue offers hip, friendly, and knowledgeable advice on bringing porn into your sex life: how to
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 29th 2006 by Cleis Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Adrianne Mathiowetz
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Okay, I don't normally add "this kind of book" to my goodreads record. My parents read this. My parents' friends read this. But every now and then there's a "this kind of book" that is not only sexy, but important. I'm only 40 pages in and I'm a different person.

Would be more aptly titled "The Smart Guide to Porn": this is addressing concerns that any viewer or potential viewer could have (but isn't it degrading? sexist? racist? what about those fingernails?), and like Guide to Getting It On it'
Oct 14, 2007 rated it liked it
A good start for those out there who have never/are afraid to break into the glorious world of porn. For those of us looking for something more, this is not the book for us. Already know what 'girl-on-girl' means? Pretty sure where your clit is? Move on, move on.
The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health
“Looking for authentic sex scenes? Thinking of sharing porn with a lover? Wonder which browser is safest for Internet porn surfing? The Smart Girl’s Guide to Porn has the answers.”

In a casual, fun tone, sex educator Violet Blue breaks down the considerable mythology surrounding porn and porn usage. While never denying the current problems of the porn industry, Blue helps the reader navigate buying and using erotic imagery that they will enjoy. The author helps to legitimize porn use, reassuring
Alicia Tracy
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
I've had my hopes up for Violet Blue, but so far I'm not very impressed with this book. It's mostly information I already know, flecked with encouragement and moral validation I don't need. Also, sometimes a good point gets lost in that moral exploration. "Women Fantasize about Fucking, Not about Shopping," presented about 3 lines on that subject before slipping into 4 paragraphs asking what sexual arousal is. This could be good for some people who are absolutely new to the concept of porn and s ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Though most of this information was not new to me, I enjoyed reading it as a comprehensive overview. It's a quick, casual, accessible, informative, humorous, and important read - an exploration of how porn can play a role in your sexuality, answering many questions or concerns you may have. I hope people who hold negative views of pornography will read it with an open mind and leave it with a better understanding. If you're not new to the topic, I would still recommend it. I find there's always ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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Great for newcomers (excuse the pun)

This book is a great introduction for girls and women who are new to erotic media, and is a great resource for them. However, for those who are a bit (or a lot) more seasoned, the book might not be helpful. Intended for those who have had little to no previous interaction with erotic media.

A bit outdated, and contains (what seemed to me to be) shameless advertising: the author tends to push products that she herself is comfortable with,
Betty slifer
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have always watched Porn during my adult life, but in doing so I have noticed it has always been directed towards men. Movies, magazines, adult stores ect... Always wanting to know why it was that way and what women could do about it?
After reading "The Girl's Guide to Porn" By Violet Blue. I was even more excited about shopping, viewing,the safe way to view porn on the net. She totally breaks down the world of porn, so you to can take control of your sexuality as a woman and experience porn
Jennifer Richardson
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This gets 5 stars for its bravery.
Blue not only gives straight women this honest and ethical look at the industry, but she goes further--setting out to reach porn's most ignored audience: smart girls. Nerdy girls need love too.
Oct 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Disturbingly lacking in any substantial or thoughtful critique of the porn industry. But as a general guide, A+.
Jan 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
the title says it all. except she does do a lot of explaining about why its ok for women to watch porn, and i expect women who pick this book up already know that.
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Thought there wouldn't be a book really worth reading about porn, well I was wrong.
Oct 13, 2008 rated it liked it
very funny. And a bit informative
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Violet Blue has authored and edited over 40 books, including five (Bronze, Silver and Gold) IPPY award-winners, some of which are now in eight translations. Violet was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, when Ms. Winfrey featured Violet's book on women and pornography (11/17/09). That book is also excerpted and featured on Oprah Winfrey's website, as well as in O, The Oprah Magazine.

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