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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; First Edition edition (2 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157344247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573442473
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,221,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The London Times named Blue "one of the 40 bloggers who really count"

"Violet Blue is omnipresent on the Web." -Forbes

"Violet Blue is the leading sex educator for the Internet generation." --Webnation

"America's leading (very) public intellectual sexologist, Violet Blue." --The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com) is a top 25 Forbes "Web Celeb" and one of Wired's "Faces of Innovation." Blue is regarded as the foremost sexuality and technology futurist and sex-positive pundit in mainstream media (such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Attack of The Show and The Tyra Banks Show). A published feature writer and columnist for CBSi/ZDNet, Violet also has many award-winning, best selling books. Her books are featured on Oprah's website.

She is regularly interviewed, quoted and featured prominently by major publications and media outlets including Wired (and Wired UK), Newsweek, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Salon.com, BBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Cinematical, PBS: Mediashift, CBS, The History Channel, Esquire, Jane, Maxim, Marie Claire and more. Violet is the author and editor of over thirty award-winning, best selling books and was the notorious sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a renowned blogger, high-profile tech personality, the first female podcaster, currently a reporter for long-running web TV show Geek Entertainment Television, and professional speaker, including two Google Tech Talks at Google, Inc.

Violet Blue's many books have won numerous awards and accolades and have been translated into seven languages. Blue connects with an audience of over 7 million a month with her podcast "Open Source Sex", named for the intersection of technology and sex, and the free-flowing information exchange of the open source software movement.

Forbes called her podcast "One of the Internet's most popular podcasts."

In addition to mainstream media features and guest blogging for sites such as Laughing Squid, Blue writes for media outlets such as Forbes, O: The Oprah Magazine, MacLife, and UN sponsored international health organization, RH Reality Check. She has contributed essays to eleven nonfiction books about sex and culture, and has been cited and quoted as a sex and future tech expert in print outlets ranging from Wired UK's "Experts Predict The Future" feature to David Levy's "Love + Sex With Robots."

Violet lectures about Internet sexuality to cyberlaw classes at UC Berkeley (Boalt; Samuelson Law Clinic), human sexuality programs at UCSF, volunteers as an advisor and instructor about sexual health and human sexuality to sex crisis counselors at community teaching institutions. She is considered an expert in the field of sex and technology, and has been invited to speak about the topic at conferences ranging from O'Reilly's ETech, Gnomedex, LeWeb and SXSW: Interactive and has given two Google Tech Talks at Google, Inc.

Oft-quoted and sourced, Violet has been a published writer in the field of sex and culture since 1999, was the first female podcaster and is a respected digital privacy advocate.

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This book provides hip, friendly, knowledgeable advice on bringing porn into women's sex life. 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 tells women how to find porn they'll like, from favorite turn-ons and women-friendly DVDs to podcasts and porn groups on the web. She shows how to reconcile fantasy with real-life desires, and how smart girls can maintain their own beauty standards when the people on screen seem impossibly buff, smooth, and surgically enhanced. 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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great book for those new to Erotica 17 Nov 2009
By CTT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Violet Blue does a great job at cracking open this once taboo topic. She is helping bring it to the mainstream. I read it when it first came out, and then reread it this week in anticipation of her appearance on Oprah to discuss women & erotica.
Th book is a great introduction, but in the world of Erotica a 2006 edition is quickly out of date. I recommend that you follow Violet's blog to keep up to date with some of the best releases that are geared for women + couples - which is a growing segment as she pointed out in her O! magazine article. Not interested in reading an entire book about it but you are interested her What's Worth Watching advice? The highlights include:
Comstock Films's Real People, Real Life, Real Sex Series Matt and Khym: Better Than Ever (Real People, Real Life, Real Sex series)
Cult Epics' Vintage Erotica Series
Chemistry, Erotica meets reality TV with this series from author Tristan Taormino Tristan Taormino's Chemistry, Vol 4
The Bi Apple, Outspoken sex blogger and activist Audacia Ray's directoral debut
Jenna Jameson Is The Masseuse

Curious about learning more about what makes porn good, safe, hot and fun for couples? Read the book!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Eye-opener 16 Feb 2010
By Christopher R. Travers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
First, a disclaimer. I bought this book for an unusual reason and am not a part of the author's target market. I was having an argument on a legal forum over the reaches of the first amendment and things eventually moved towards questions of workplace harassment law and whether porn displayed in the workplace should be seen as harassment. Being the individual who thinks the the first amendment should preclude such claims in the absence of more evidence, I went off to do some research which eventually lead me to this book. Basically it seems to me that if at least a third of porn purchasers are currently women, then it seems hard to argue that this sort of approach isn't just court-sanctioned censorship (the question of whether it is wise for a corporation to allow porn in the workplace is a different question entirely). So I went out to look for a woman's pro-porn perspective and found this book.

This book is a guide for women who are interested in experimenting with viewing pornography. The author is a woman who has appeared as a pro-porn voice on shows like Oprah. The target audience will find a description of porn genres, what to expect, potential problems, etc. My guess is that it is probably a very good book in that area. However, I think it is a good book outside of its intended niche in part because it clarifies legal issues regarding "leaked" celebrity sex tapes, legal issues regarding pornography, and other things as well.

Additionally, this book covers a number of topics outside the traditional narrow definition of pornography, discussing adult sex-ed videos (including erotic massage instructional tapes, tapes describing how to have sex with someone who has had a spinal cord injury, etc), for example, and the list of resources has some genuine surprises in it.

For example, she includes as an "indie Porn producer" the company Comstock Films, which has released about seven titles to date. What makes Comstock a bit surprising is the fact that they have received raving reviews in magazines like Oprah Magazine and Women's Health.

One glaring omission in the book is the rise of what we might see as "sexually explicit art films" which have begun to surface in recent decades (9 songs - Unrated Full Uncut Version and Romance are typical examples though I haven't watched either of these). Sometimes Silip: Daughters of Eve is placed in this genre, which may be reasonable, though I found it to be a very un-erotic film even though it is extremely thought-provoking and an excellent art movie (see my review of that film). Often times directors here have been interested not in producing cross-over hits but rather pushing the limits of the art film genre. This is somewhat surprising given the breadth of the book as it is.

All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a different perspective on pornography.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Useful guide for adventurous women 24 July 2008
By Sarah McCorry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Practical book that helps women navigate the vast minefield of erotic entertainment out there to find what pleases them in porn.
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 12 Mar 2007
By T. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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Full of recommendations/reviews/suggestions on all the different kinds of porn out there just waiting to be watched. A definitive porn resource.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great for newcomers (excuse the pun) 14 Jun 2012
By J. Z. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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, which is understandable, and very useful for women who have, again, little to no previous experience.

Still, I learned a few things I didn't know and got clarification on some things I have been wondering about.

Recommended for beginners; not recommended for those who already know their way around.
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