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Princesses & Pornstars

Princesses & Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity

Emily Maguire

After forty years of feminism where are we?

What has happened to women’s rights in the era of terror and the age of the celebrity diet?

Do girls and women have real choices beyond becoming princesses or pornstars?

What is the modesty movement? Is raunch culture damaging women?

Why are women still restricted by the sexualised identities of virgins or whores?

In this groundbreaking book, award-winning journalist and novelist Emily Maguire examines these issues with wit and intelligence. She looks for a way towards more equality for women in their public and private lives.

Princesses & Pornstars is a bold mix of personal story, interview reportage, analysis and polemic. It’s a call to arms for a generation that grew up thinking the struggle was over.

Read it now.

Emily Maguire
About the Author

Emily Maguire was born in Canberra in 1976. Her first novel, Taming the Beast was nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize and received a Special Commendation in the Kathleen Mitchell Awards. Emily lives in Sydney and frequently writes essays and articles for newspapers, magazines and journals.

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3 March 2008
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Praise for Emily Maguire
andPrincesses & Pornstars

‘Intelligent, witty, at times a little didactic, Princesses & Pornstars will leave you nodding your head with its judicious good sense. … could sit next to Ariel Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pigs on the bookshelf, but it moves beyond being simply a critic [sic] of raunch culture and looks at other issues facing women today: motherhood, abortion and education.’

‘Maguire pretty much covers all the issues that divide and conquer…She writes passionately and lucidly… We may have come a long way since the 1950s but, as Maguire so eloquently points out, we still have a long way to go.’

‘This book is not intended as a neat treatise. It is both howl and prod, both expression of fury and plea for change.’

‘Maguire’s voice is passionate throughout. She is also lucid, honest and perspicacious. … Discusses all the big issues, including sexuality, representations of women, body image, motherhood, work and abortion. … Should be read by young men as well as women and those who conduct sex education in schools. Maguire does not have a daughter. I do, however, and I would give this book to her. Like the person I hope to raise, Princesses & Pornstars has intellectual punch and emotional integrity.’