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This article on feminist porn included in Best Canadian Essays 2009

Graham F. Scott

W00t! This Magazine's November-December 2008 cover story, "The New Face of Porn" by Alison Lee, reprinted in Tightrope Books' "The Best Canadian Essays 2009".

W00t! This Magazine's November-December 2008 cover story, "The New Face of Porn" by Alison Lee, reprinted in Tightrope Books' "The Best Canadian Essays 2009".

Alison Lee’s November-December 2008 This Magazine cover story, “The New Face of Porn” was chosen as one of 14 pieces to be published in Tightrope Books’ The Best Canadian Essays 2009. There are some great pieces of writing in there, and we’re thrilled that an essay that started in the pages of This is getting some further, and richly deserved, exposure. I’ve reposted “The New Face of Porn” today at This.org so you can read it here, but of course buying the book gets you 13 more great reads, including essays by past contributors to This Nicholas Hune-Brown, Anita Lahey, and Chris Turner.

Here’s an excerpt of the cover story:

What struck me most often when looking at these websites was how frequently I was left feeling sad that this was all that men were being offered. In my time working in sex stores, my own personal goal was to crack open the infinite world of sexuality for people, and especially for women, who are the primary clientele of the shops I’ve worked in.

Seeing the world of Big Porn showed me that not only are women left out, but men are presented with an incredibly bland palate to work from and to mold their own sexuality. I left my porn review gig believing that the world of porn shouldn’t be eradicated, but that it should instead live up to the boundless possibilities of the erotic, and that it should, and could, be able to reflect the diverse bodies, desires and dreams that make up human sexuality.

Tightrope is throwing a party to launch the book tonight in Toronto, where Alison Lee will be reading from “The New Face of Porn,” and her employer, your friendly local feminist sex shop Good for Her, is providing door prizes. There will also be readings by Nathan Whitlock and Kamal Al-Solaylee. The party starts at 8 PM at Revival (783 College St. West).

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