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Book Review: The Feminist Porn Book

Oh, porn. One of my favorite topics here at the Unlaced Librarian. And today I present to you one of my new favorite books on porn. The Feminist Porn Book: the politics of producing pleasure.  This book is a fantastic blend of academic and personal essays on feminist porn.

The four editors are diverse and powerful in their individual work: Feminist pornographer, educator, and host of “Sex Out Loud” Tristan Taormino, Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara Constance Penley, Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara Celine Parrenas Shimizu, and Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara Mireille Miller-Young. Each editor also contributes an essay to the collection.

The essays include a fine spectrum of voices that tackle topics including race, trans perspectives, queer representations, anti-pornography rhetoric, teaching and studying porn, body identity, and…

Book Review: Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush

A few weeks ago I was standing in a little bookstore in Alaska looking for a book about sex. I figured there had to be at least one, and I was determined to find it. Success fell out into my hands as I pulled this book from a top shelf. Good Time Girls (AKA prostitutes) of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush.

First published in 1999, this book is a lovely gem. The author, Lael Morgan, covers the good time girls and the far North gold rushes from the late 1800’s to around the 1930’s and into the final decline of prostitution lines in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Morgan relies heavily on newspaper reports from the territories along with personal letters and accounts to bring light and life to the men and women that fought for fortune in one of the most rugged places on earth. The book also includes a plethora of fascinating black and white photos that are collected throughout the text, and for those alone I love flipping through this book again and again.

Several of the chapters are dedicated to one…