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Thriving in Sex Work Workbook (2018)

Sex work doesn’t come with a beginner’s manual. Sex work is “easy money?” Hardly. Erotic labor can be demanding, draining, and complex. There’s no such thing as an employee handbook; most of us struggle to figure out this crazy business on our own. Lola Davina, acclaimed author of Thriving in Sex Work, drawing on more than 25 years in and around the sex industry, has created a workbook for sex work success. Lola’s step-by-step practical action plans and creative exercises guide you to: • Identify, target, and achieve your ideal clientele • Keep your body healthy and your mind clear • Be your own very best boss (even when working for someone else) • Execute feasible business and financial plans • Become the sex work rock star you were born to be! Creative, informative, inspirational, and fun, the Thriving in Sex Work Workbook makes sex work work for you.

Thriving in Sex Work: Heartfelt Advice for Staying Sane in the Sex Industry: A Self-Help Book for Sex Workers (2017)

Sex work is “easy money?” Hardly. The adult industry is riddled with pitfalls and dangers. Erotic labor is often emotionally demanding, draining, and complex. It can be hard to know who to turn to for advice on keeping yourself safe and sane. Lola Davina, former stripper, dominatrix, porn actress and escort, provides the life skills you need to prosper, including: • Cultivating friendships, community, and romance • Mastering money • Debunking sex industry myths such as you have to be flawless, or clients hate to hear “no” • Avoiding trigger states, like loneliness, fatigue, boredom, anxiety and depression, that lead to bad decision-making and burnout • Surviving bad calls, shifts, and shoots — and so much more… Thriving in sex work means having a healthy body, mind, heart, and bank account. No matter your job title or gender, whether you’re independent or work for someone else, if you want to succeed in sex work, this book is for you.

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His Porn Her Pain

His Porn, Her Pain: Confronting America's PornPanic with Honest Talk About Sex (2016)

Written by Dr. Marty Klein, a Certified Sex Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than three decades’ experience, this fascinating book contests the common belief that pornography is unilaterally harmful to individuals and our society, addresses common concerns and debunks widely believed myths, and explains how to heal America’s obsession with porn by engaging in honest talk about sex.

The Pornography Industry: What Everyone Needs to Know (2016)

We may know pornography when we see it, but the business of pornography is a surprisingly elusive subject. Reliable figures about the industry are difficult to come by and widely disputed, but one matter that is hardly debatable is that pornography is a major and ubiquitous enterprise. Porn allegedly accounts for one-third of all internet traffic currently, though the data about actual consumption is unclear. Reports in recent years have suggested that 70 million individuals visit porn sites every week; that among viewers aged 18-24, women watch more porn than men; and that among middle-aged, white-collar workers, three-quarters of men and half of women have admitted to looking at pornography websites while at work. While debates and emotions around porn can run high, there is a crucial need for reliable information and rational conversation.

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Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victims and Villains

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victims and Villains (2016)

The book features interviews with service providers and experts, and incorporates recent research, thereby mapping the complex factors associated with young people’s involvement in trading sex and the social connections that facilitate their behavior. It considers the experiences of both those who “choose” sex work and those who are forced into it by circumstances or third parties, and it discusses the networks of friends and close acquaintances who introduce newcomers to the trade. In addition, it takes a hard look at how local and federal responses to trafficking increase young people’s vulnerability to trading sex. Urging policymakers and practitioners to move beyond the simple framework of “rescuing” victims and “punishing” villains, this book calls for policies and programs that focus on the failure of social and cultural systems and respond better to the young people caught in this web.

Truth, Justice, and the American Whore (2016)

Confessions of the Whore Next Door features striking images of and probing words by the quintessentially American whore! Wrapped in the American flag, stating opinions that your mother likely won’t approve, constructing arguments that will make you blush, Siouxsie Q is a storyteller of the first order, and her stories embody sex appeal, political activism, and good humor!

Siouxsie Q is the creator and host of the acclaimed podcast The WhoreCast, which showcases the stories, art, and voices of American sex workers. Siouxsie Q’s column “The Whore Next Door” appears in the SF Weekly.

Truth, Justice, and the American Whore
New Views on Pornography

New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law (2015)

Why do people use pornography? Is porn addiction a fact or myth? What is revenge porn and is it illegal? Can pornography be more diverse? This interdisciplinary collection presents well-researched facts and up-to-date data that encourage informed discussion about controversial and relevant issues in contemporary society. Chapters address topics such as the history and cultural trends of pornography, labor and production practices in creating porn, the effects of technology, current issues in obscenity law, and myths and facts about the effects of pornography.

Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection, and Privacy (2015)

This one-of-a-kind book shares intimate personal stories of porn performers “coming out” to family, friends, partners, lovers, and community. The contributors represent a wide range of races, ethnicities, and genders. They include Joanna Angel, Annie Sprinkle, Betty Blac, Nina Hartley, Candida Royalle, Conner Habib, Dale Cooper, Christopher Zeischegg, Cindy Gallop, Drew DeVeaux, Erika Lust, Gala Vanting, Casey Calvert, Lorelei Lee, Stoya, Ignacio Rivera AKA Papí Coxxx, and many others.
Jiz Lee is a veteran porn performer who had worked in over two-hundred projects within indie, queer, and hardcore gonzo adult genres. Lee is the editor of Coming Out Like a Porn Star, and co-editor of the Porn Studies Journal Special Issue: Porn and Labour.
Coming Out Like a Porn Star
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Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law (2015)

Alison Bass weaves the true stories of sex workers with the latest research on prostitution into a gripping journalistic account of how women (and some men) navigate a culture that routinely accepts the implicit exchange of sex for money, status, or even a good meal, but imposes heavy penalties on those who make such bargains explicit. Along the way, Bass examines why an increasing number of middle-class white women choose to become sex workers and explores how prostitution has become a thriving industry in the twenty-first-century global economy. Situating her book in American history more broadly, she also discusses the impact of the sexual revolution, the rise of the Nevada brothels, and the growing war on sex trafficking after 9/11.

Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment (2015)

”I was going to speak to the porn industry, both because it was made up of people who deserved to have their voices heard . . . and because no one else had the guts to.”

In Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment, Chauntelle Tibbals, PhD, exposes readers to one of the most mysterious businesses and significant subcultures shaping our modern world – porn. Like it or not, adult entertainment partially shapes who we are as a society. And we as a society help shape it right back. Porn takes on our sexual desires and dreams, often in ways that we’re uncomfortable with.

THE Sex And Pleasure Book

THE Sex And Pleasure Book (2015)

Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Carol Queen PhD and Author, Editor Shar Rednour have collaborated on a tome that aims to demystify sex and offer enough fun, detailed knowledge to make solo or sociable sex fabulous for just about everyone. Covering everything from sexual identity to relationships, sex through the lifespan to pregnancy and health issues, disability to sex and tech, and tons of information about sexual practices, positions, and of course toys!

A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography (2014)

A Taste for Brown Sugar boldly takes on representations of black women’s sexuality in the porn industry. It is based on Mireille Miller-Young’s extensive archival research and her interviews with dozens of women who have worked in the adult entertainment industry since the 1980s. The women share their thoughts about desire and eroticism, black women’s sexuality and representation, and ambition and the need to make ends meet. Miller-Young documents their interventions into the complicated history of black women’s sexuality, looking at individual choices, however small—a costume, a gesture, an improvised line—as small acts of resistance, of what she calls “illicit eroticism.”

A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography
Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work

Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Jacobin - 2014)

Recent years have seen a panic over “online red-light districts,” which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers must be rescued from their condition, and the industry simply abolished — a position common among feminists and conservatives alike.

Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right (2013)

While America is not alone in its ambivalence toward sex and its depictions, the preferences of the nation swing sharply between toleration and censure. This pattern has grown even more pronounced since the 1960s, with the emergence of the New Right and its attack on the “floodtide of filth” that was supposedly sweeping the nation. Antipornography campaigns became the New Right’s political capital in the 1960s, laying the groundwork for the “family values” agenda that shifted the country to the right.

Perversion for Profit
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The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (2013)

The Feminist Porn Book brings together for the first time writings by feminists in the adult industry and research by feminist porn scholars. This book investigates not only how feminists understand pornography, but also how feminists do porn—that is, direct, act in, produce, and consume one of the world’s most lucrative and growing industries. With original contributions by Susie Bright, Candida Royalle, Betty Dodson, Nina Hartley, Buck Angel, Lynn Comella, Jane Ward, Ariane Cruz, Kevin Heffernan, and more, The Feminist Porn Book updates the arguments of the porn wars of the 1980s, which sharply divided the women’s movement, and identifies pornography as a form of expression and labor in which women and racial and sexual minorities produce power and pleasure.

America's War on Sex: The Continuing Attack on Law, Lust, and Liberty, 2nd Edition (Sex, Love, and Psychology) (2012)

This book exposes how a coalition of political, religious, and civic leaders are using the issue of sex to frighten, misinform, and bully Americans―paving the way for dramatic new public policies that are already restricting everyone’s rights.

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Bigger Than Life

Bigger Than Life: The History of Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Hardcore (2012)

Almost all of those involved in making ”commercial” gay pornographic movies began as amateurs in a field that had virtually never existed before, either as art or commerce. Many of their ”underground” predecessors had repeatedly suffered arrest and other forms of legal harassment. There was no developed gay market and any films made commercially were shown in adult x-rated theaters. After the Stonewall riots and the emergence of the gay liberation movement in 1969, a number of entrepreneurs began to make gay adult movies for the new mail order market. The gay porn film industry grew dramatically during the next thirty years and transformed the way men – gay men in particular – conceived of masculinity and their sexuality. Bigger Than Life tells that story.

The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry (2006)

A raucous and revealing oral history of the birth of the adult film industry, The Other Hollywood peels back the candy coating to let the true story be told — by the stars, movie makers, and other industry players who lived it. And what a story it is: Through hundreds of original interviews, contemporary newspaper accounts, police reports, court testimony, and more, Legs McNeil and coauthors Jennifer Osborne and Peter Pavia trace today’s billion-dollar industry from its makeshift, mob-connected origins to the Internet age. Along the way we encounter porn stars such as Linda Lovelace, John Holmes, Traci Lords, and Savannah — along with countless mainstream stars, politicians, FBI agents, and more.

The Other Hollywood
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Naked Ambition: Women Who Are Changing Pornography (2005)

When adult entertainment first appeared on the pop culture radar as an underground film phenomenon, women were little more than starlets, who—for the most part—answered to men. But as pornography evolved in step with technology and consumer demand over the past twenty years, it also reflected the shifting political climate. Greater sexual equality started to appear both in front of and behind the cameras. Not only did female performers take charge for the first time of their careers, but women began running the companies people purchase movies from, opening woman-friendly sex shops and writing thoughtful, analytical commentary on pornography-often from a feminist perspective.

Porn Studies (2004)

The essays in this volume move beyond feminist debates and distinctions between a “good” erotica and a “bad” hard core. Contributors examine varieties of pornography from the tradition of the soft-core pin-up through the contemporary hard-core tradition of straight, gay, and lesbian videos and DVDs to the burgeoning phenomenon of pornography on the Internet. They explore, as examples of the genre, individual works as divergent as The Starr Report, the pirated Tommy Lee/Pamela Anderson honeymoon video, and explicit Japanese “ladies’ comics” consumed by women. They also probe difficult issues such as the sexualization of race and class and the relationship of pornography to the avant-garde. To take pornography seriously as an object of analysis also means teaching it. Porn Studies thus includes a useful annotated bibliography of readings and archival sources important to the study of pornography as a cultural form.

Porn Studies
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Obscene Profits (2001)

Sex sells. Already a ten-billion dollar business-and growing-most sex businesses require relatively low start-up costs and minimal equipment. No wonder retired porn stars, homemakers, college students, and entrepreneurs of every stripe are eager to jump on the smut band wagon. Following the money trail, or in this case, the telecom routes, the author reveals how some big phone companies are cashing in too. Obscene Profits offers a startling and entertaining new look at this very old business, and shows why pornography, in all of its variations–videos, magazines, phone-sex, spy cameras, etc.– is one of the most profitable and popular new careers to come out of the electronic age.

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