I am so honored by this early review of Exposure by BaDoink.io’s L. Isaac Simon (6/18/15). Here are some highlights.
My guess would be that when the vast majority of consumers think about adult entertainment, their minds drift over to pop-up-ridden piracy sites, low budget content, and a whole host of taboos associated with both sexual media and coitus in general. Sadly, those minds probably stop at that thought, never to penetrate the (quite interesting) labyrinthine subculture.
And in that basic ignorance – not distaste, necessarily; just a lack of well researched knowledge – lies the shadowy and illicit narrative that surrounds a very misunderstood world…
Exposure… is an expansive but also very accessible account of the sociologist’s experience researching the adult industry… Not only does the book pull apart misinformed mythology surrounding the industry, effectively giving us an honest narrative about the lives of those involved, it also invites us to understand the trials and tribulations of a sociologist.
Possibly the best part of the book is Dr. Chauntelle’s decision to make it more of a personal narrative, rather than a textbook style research treatise. This is not to say that the book isn’t informative – quite the contrary. Research observations are presented as part of a difficult but academically epic journey, with just as many personal revelations as there are research-based declarations.
Anyone looking to expand their knowledge on the adult industry, while also tapping into sociologist methodologies and alternative perspectives on the glacial juggernaut that is classic academia, should definitely purchase a copy of Exposure. Not only is it enlightening on a subject that, better understood, could help change many an ill-constructed conversation on sexuality in our wider cultural experience, it is giggle-inducing and ever so fun. Dr. Chauntelle really delivers in what I hope is one of many books to come.
You can read the review in full right here. What do you think?
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