Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity

Emily Maguire

Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity
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Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity

Emily Maguire

A whole new feminism?What’s it like being a young woman today? Feminists won the equal rights war back in the 70s, and young women today have it so much easier than their mothers, right? Wrong, argues Emily Maguire.Society today is most comfortable to categorise women as Princesses (in need of protection) or Pornstars (peoples whose major duty is to be attractive and turn on men). This sharp, funny and insightful book reveals how the treatment of young women as fragile or in need of male assistance can be as objectifying and damaging to women as pornography and raunchy culture.Maguire wants us to see men and women for their character first, rather than their sex and gender attributes. If they wash dishes, have children or wear make-up it should be because they want to not because society expects them to. Equally they should not be judged if they choose to engage in casual sex, pursue a fulfilling career or decide not to have children.A mix of personal story, reportage, analysis and polemic, written in a bold, intimate style, containing interviews with porn aficionados, young brides and ‘homemakers’ Princesses and Pornstars is a gripping and essential snapshot of where female sexuality is today.


This is not a new concept. Writing about feminism and women’s place in our society and where it has gone wrong has been done so many times before. Remonstrant in some ways of the great The Female Eunuch, this is fiery, rather than academic. It is aimed at all women, rather then those already waving the flag – and you do learn a lot about Emily and her life, growing up post the ‘feminist revolution.’

There were times where I laughed out loud and times when I groaned in recognition at her definitions. As the title suggests, this book examines stereotypical definitions of females, why they occurred and why they shouldn’t. This is a bold book that examines being a woman right now. Would I give this book to my Gran? Absolutely. To my daughter? Well, I would hope she would not need to read this, but maybe to her friends?

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