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Girlvert: A Porno Memoir

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Oriana Small’s Girlvert: A Porno Memoir is like a blistering war memoir, with penises instead of bayonets. I think the narrator does not have enough self reflection to make this story worth more than the sum of its parts. Her mother had multiple partners most of whom regarded Oriana from a prurient rather than paternal view. There were moments that made me flinch, but the author seems so well-adjusted - at least now, finally - in her treatment of her life, so firmly settled into an understanding and acceptance of herself - that it was amazingly unpainful, quite the opposite. Pale pink wraps featuring art by the author, black ink lettering, glossy photo section bound in; handmade Japanese paper DJ; lucite slipcase.

Handmade Japanese paper DJ by designer Ted Nava (each sheet of which contains at least a strand of Small's pubic hair!

I did enjoy this book a lot, I didn’t expect the world or adult entertainment to be quite so brutal, but maybe I was naive. But Ashley Blue, a hardcore porn actress herself, looks down and degrades prostitutes numerous times in this book.

But the interesting thing here is throughout the authors recounting of her experiences in porno, she very much expresses that she was in charge, the power lay with her, she made all of the decisions. And yet as you read it, you realise how much this young woman has been raped and abused and forced into things. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. This quote from her and the word happiness from her book disturbs me- 'I have always had a high thresh for the gross, the vulgar, the sickening. I knew that she'd been to art school, and it showed: she had the ability to turn the genre on itself, to make the (male) viewer feel that he there was a certain sort of honesty to what she was doing on camera but that he was sort of a creep for watching her do it.Hardcore seems committed to the lifestyle, even on his days off rollin' around town with meth - using skanks wearing schoolgirl outfits. I used to work on Sherman Way in Reseda in the 80's and I would see many of the sex club workers, porn actors and actresses as well as all the other by-products of that field and era. You get a taste of her bawdy, sometimes wounding humor, and the book keeps a good balance between details that raincoat-sporting porn fans will appreciate and explanations of the basic elements of the industry that non-fans will find educational.

What struck me interesting is that it can be any type of job where you have to perform - and the strain of keeping that lifestyle or drug use up just to make it to the next day or even moment is a fascinating process. The drugs alone she and he friends and bf took were enough to kill your average elephant, never mind a human, I suspect. Not only did her portrayal seem rather lacking in empathy and self-respect, her porn reeks of sexism and the same old industry paradigm. I thought that‘s quite weird since she should know best how bad it is to be confronted by prejudices and contempt.Maine and MA residents must add 5% sales tax unless a resale or tax exemption certificate is provided.

This is a woman who has, in the darkest times of her life, been in one of the darkest and most frightening communities in the country and she managed to come out the other side a stronger, balanced person.

I really enjoyed much of this book and have a new found respect for the author, plus was glad she met her prince charming in the end. Oriana Small's (aka Ashley Blue) personal life already looked like a porn movie -- filled with multiple partners, double penetration, bukkake, and cream pies, she was the girl willing to do anything sexually and never say "stop, that's too much. Released in 2011, Girlvert has become a cult classic, this is from the original print run and was never printed like this again. Performers and actors of the female persuasion starring in modern pornography exhibit more bravery and gamut more emotions than many display within an entire lifetime.

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