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Anne G Sabo
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26 Oct 2012
Porn brings up a lot of negative images in our sexualized, pornified culture. But today a growing number of women are radically changing porn to authentically capture with respect and realism the sexual lives of women and men, empowering and inspiring the viewer to claim her sexuality against a pornified culture, and creating a real counterweight to pornified media and porn as it s been known. Porn affects us. Today, women are leading the way to make those effects positive. After Pornified lets you see how.

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  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books; Reprint edition (26 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178099480X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780994802
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne G. Sabo is a former academic turned public educator, author, speaker, freelance writer, and mama- and sex blogger. As a college professor, she taught courses in literature, film and women's studies. She has researched feminist pornography for more than a decade and has become an acknowledged expert in the field. She has written numerous articles and essays on the subject, and is a frequently consulted speaker on the topic. She grew up in Norway, earned her Ph.D. from University of Washington, and after 18 years in the US recently returned to Norway where she lives in Oslo with her preschooler daughter. You can visit her at annegsabo.com.

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Next to film professor Linda Williams, Anne G. Sabo is the most respected intellectual voice analyzing the new trend of feminist pornography. Actually Sabo's book demonstrates that it is not only a trend. Sabo shows that we are in front of a revolution of the genre. --Erika Lust, award-winning writer and erotic film director, and the author of Good Porn: A Woman's Guide (Seal Press)

Anne G. Sabo's outstanding book challenges us to rethink presumptions about porn, and to see it as varied and potentially progressive. It will be valuable to anyone who cares about images of women in the media, gender equality, and the role of film and television in our lives. --Andrew K. Nestingen, Ph.D., Associate Professor and the author of Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia: Fiction, Film and Social Change (UW Press)

Anne G. Sabo offers one of the freshest and most articulate voices on the controversial issue of porn since feminists began hotly debating it back in the eighties. A much-needed contribution to what has become a tired and predictable discussion. - Candida Royalle, filmmaker and the author of How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do (Fireside)

At last a book that appreciates female directed porn as the important cultural phenomenon that it is. - Anna Span, Britain's first female porn director and the author of Shoot Your Own Erotic Adult Home Movies (Carleton Books)

After Pornified will be of wide interest to women who already have an interest in the topic and those who know very little about it, and a good starting point for rethinking debates about women's relationship to porn. - Professor Feona Attwood, author of Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture (I. B. Tauris)

Written in an accessible style for an interested rather than an academic audience, After Pornified brings a much-needed dose of optimism to the debates about pornography, its content and effects. Dr. Clarissa Smith, author of One for the Girls! The Pleasures and Practices of Reading Women's Porn (Intellect)

thoughtful and thought-provoking ... After Pornified is determinedly both scholarly and passionate, and thus a valuable contribution to the ongoing conversation about pornography's place in our culture -- both what it is and what it should or could be. - the feminist librarian

About the Author

Anne G. Sabo is a former academic turned public educator, author, speaker, freelance writer, and mama- and sex blogger. As a college professor, she taught courses in literature, film and womens studies. She has researched feminist pornography for more than a decade and has become an acknowledged expert in the field. She has written numerous articles and essays on the subject, and is a frequently consulted speaker on the topic. She grew up in Norway, earned her Ph.D. from University of Washington, and lives in Northfield, Minnesota with her husband and their toddler daughter. You can visit her at annegsabo.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read this book if you think you don't like porn 10 Dec 2012
By DEC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book if you think you don't like porn., November 10, 2012
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You may find that there may in fact be some porn you do like. This book opened my eyes to a genre I did not know existed. And it helped me see why I did not like what I now know is "mainstream porn."
Yes, Ms. Sabo's work is important for the cultural reasons that other reviewers have articulated, but the book is also practical. I can read descriptions of films and filmmakers to discover what interests me. I can avoid those that do not. I can consult a thorough appendix for additional resources. Thank you, Anne, for a valuable reference, as well as an interesting read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 6 Dec 2012
By Alicia
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This book is a very fun and educational read. I wasn't particularly aware of what feminist porn was and why it was important before reading this book. It gives a great explanation to what differentiates feminist porn from mainstream porn, gives many examples, with very well written descriptions of a handful of movies, and full citations for the movies referenced in the text. Certain actors, producers, etc. are described, giving information on their artistic style and background, providing a deep understanding of the makers of feminist porn. It is also written with a style that makes it a captivating read!
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It's great to connect with other thoughtful people who believe, as I do, that pornographic materials deserve sustained attention through all manner of lenses: as art, as literature, as cultural artifacts, as evidence of human sexuality, as a medium of communication and (hopefully) cultural change. Which is the story that After Pornified tries -- in part -- to document: How female directors are creating a new kind of pornographic film and how these new films explicitly and implicitly disrupt the conventions of inequality in much of mainstream moving picture porn. In Sabo's own words,

"I have found that porn is not inherently bad; there has just been a lot of badly made porn. ... I am interested in the authentic porn made by women who show a sincere commitment to radically change porn, featuring female and male sexuality with respect and realism. Where porn becomes a vehicle for women to explore their own sexuality and define it for themselves" (6).

Focusing on specific film-makers, with extensive discussion of the scripts, visual technique, musical choices, and sexual expression and messages of each film, as well as directorial intent, Sabo takes us on a verbal tour of this "new porn by women" and seeks to persuade us that their innovations are worth paying attention to for what they say about both the possibilities of porn and the possibilities of sexual intimacy between human beings. Candida Royalle, Anna Span, Jamye Waxman, Tristan Taormino, Petra Joy, and Erika Lust among others are artists whose work and words are extensively featured in After Pornified's pages (a list of films discussed and an appendix of resources for further exploration are really useful aspects of the book).
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