Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads and Crashing in on Internet Sexploration

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Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads and Crashing in on Internet Sexploration AudaciaRay. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press, 2007.

Based on her experience both as a worker and a researcher in the sex industry, Audacia Ray argues that the Internet is a place where women discuss, explore, and express their sexuality not only through consumption but also through production and interaction. While American women have long talked about sexuality with their friends and family members, they had been hesitant about expressing it in less personal environments. With the rise of online communities and web sites from medical domains such as WebMD, social networking sites such as Livejournal and MySpace, classified ad services including Craigslist, and more sex or pornography oriented web sites, an increasing number of women engage in chatting about sex, seeking medical advice on sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, making personal and sexual blogs, dating with people who they met online, supporting strangers who are struggling with sexual problems, and operating in the sex-based economy.

Ray's work benefits most from her own experience in the industry. She has not only made her own sex-oriented blog, but worked for the Museum of Sex in New York and for a small pornographic web site as public relations staff. Naked on the Internet as a result is not just a book through which the author tries to satisfy her own curiosity about America's social taboo. …