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Hat Tip for MONEY SHOT

There is a mention of MONEY SHOT in this Salon article - Femininjas: Women in fiction fight back. Glad to be in such stellar company, but I'm not so sure I like the way they phrased the line:

"In other books, (the danger) is an entire culture—California’s porn movie industry in Christa Faust’s Money Shot"

I think that's a little misleading. The entire porn biz isn't the "danger" in the story, it's really just a few bad guys connected to sex slave trafficking. The porn business itself is portrayed, I thought, in a very balanced way, populated (like every business) by all different kinds of people, good, bad, or somewhere in between. Angel has both positive and negative feelings and experiences in the industry. I hate to think that someone would read that book and come away with the idea that the porn industry is inherently bad or dangerous.

Or am I maybe misreading the author's intentions with this line? Thoughts?

Comments

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sblackmoore
Mar. 6th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds to me like the author of the article is projecting and falling into that trap of thinking that people in the sex industry are victims of it, which isn't how it's portrayed in the book at all.

Which makes me wonder if the author even read the book.
daveroguesf
Mar. 6th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Could be she didn't have the space or inclination to be more specific about MONEY SHOT.

Or, more likely, she's yet another critic to let her preconceptions cloud her perceptions of one of her subjects.
pisceanblue
Mar. 6th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
I did think she misread your aim (if she read the book and is not going by anecdotal evidence), which was to condemn the sex trafficking rather than the sex industry. Moreover, the aims of *certain* men (and women) rather than a monolithic enterprise. Beyond that, it's a really interesting article, thanks for linking it.
whiskeychick
Mar. 6th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
My reaction...
To your question, my thoughts are thus:

I agree that there's a generalization to the whole porn industry that came off a bit wrong; but she may think all connected are "victims?"

I love the last paragraph in which the response is an appropriate message/summary -- even in Money Shot (where editorial shortness may have the writer mis-categorizing where the violence is coming from). I've said for a long time that things like SUCKER PUNCH are much a manual for surviving the rape culture and the war against women. The question I'm left with now after reading the essay is 'where do we go from here?' I have no answer for that...yet.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 8th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
It's not what I took from the book. I get the impression the writer is either wilfully misrepresenting 'Money Shot' or (as is more likely) couldn't be bothered to read it. On the +side, it shows your name is out there!
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