What a breath of fresh air this book is! Personally I’ve never really been into mainstream porn, for a variety of reasons, it’s just not my thing. Then I was lucky enough to stumble upon the concept of feminist porn while researching something else. The idea intrigued me so much that I sought out more information, leading me to one of those wonderful ‘Ah hah, this is more like it’ moments. So I will admit, I was predisposed to like The Feminist Porn Book before I even read it. And it certainly lived up to my expectations, and then some!

On my own journey of discovery of what this genre of porn is all about, and how to locate quality end products, I found the biggest challenge has been that information is scattered and can be hard to access, until you know where to look. But, The Feminist Porn Book, changes that. As far as I’m aware it’s the first book of it’s kind to bring all the key information together in the one spot, providing an excellent starting point for exploring the concept, creation, and development of this different, expanded definition of what porn is, and can be (and also where to find the good stuff!)

This is in no way a dry, purely educational tome though. The list of contributors is extremely impressive, and varied, making each chapter a new reading adventure, taking you on a journey of understanding as to what differentiates feminist porn from other forms of porn, and the philosophy, experience and aims of this genre, from the inside out, and upside down.

I was struck by the depth and breadth of the candid insights provided by the all of the contributors, which include academics, producers and actors, each of whom provide their own intelligent, well informed and considered perspectives and debate, on their experiences of studying, producing, performing in and defining feminist porn.

Having a strong academic leaning myself, I found the chapters on the historical analysis of porn, and the development of feminist porn from an academic perspective fascinating. And on a more personal level I was very taken with being given the unique opportunity to read about the producers and actors experiences and feelings about participating in the production of feminist porn, and how they are redefining the widely held negative beliefs about women in porn to ones of empowerment, freedom of sexual expression, and pleasure.

The Feminist Porn Book provides not only an education and deeper understanding of what feminist porn is all about, but is also underpinned by a broader philosophical approach to sexuality; that of it being something to celebrate, embracing how we see and enjoy our own and other peoples bodies, and the freedom and joy that can be found in peoples own, unique forms of sexual expression, desire and arousal. The Feminist Porn Book gives the reader an alternative, refreshing, uplifting and contemporary approach to porn, one, which I believe, has been long overdue.

If The Feminist Porn Book doesn’t end up on the recommended reading lists at universities teaching sociology, psychology and media studies, and on the bookshelves of anyone who has any degree of interest in sexual expression and exploration, I’ll be very surprised!