June 19th, 2008

So many books to read, so little time.

I finally got around to curling up with fellow Voice sex writer Audacia Ray’s Naked on the Internet, and I’m glad I did. While the book lacked a bit in focus (clearly yours truly will settle for no less than pointed analysis and overanalysis), it was a great intro to a ton of the issues we’ve discussed here and in Click Me. The book, which came out this time last year, covers everything from internet porn to sex workers online to sex blogging. It also comes with a clear message of female empowerment through the meeting of sexuality and tech. One of my favorite snippets:

In bits and pieces, as technology marched forward and female and feminist attitudes about porn changed, women began to take more and more back from the adult industry–and not just in a cultural, “take back the night” kind of way, but in a very quantifiable, green-colored kind of way. By seizing the means of production–her I’m picturing a girl squeezing her boobs and pinching her nipples, so fear not the Marxist talk–women over the last decade or so have started to remake, question, challenge, and enjoy the adult industry in a way that perhaps is only possible with the assistance of increasingly user-friendly and inexpensive technology.

I love the idea of grabbing breasts as a form of sexy communist rebellion. Granted, I’m not sure where porn would fit as a Marxist commodity, but I know the great bearded one would have something to say about the treatment of sex workers in America. Fight the man, ladies–and while servicing him, no less.

But I digress. Read this book, and you too may be inspired to take your boobs in your hands and brave the world of online empowerment!

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