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Lessons I Learned When My Fiance Filmed Porn

By Emily Southwood

Seal Press (CA), Paperback, 9781580054980, 251pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

In a culture obsessed with sex, the era of Dad's Playboy is long gone. Today, endless free porn is a click away and full-frontal photos appear on sites as accessible as Twitter, yet many couples struggle with the underlying issues of pornography.
Emily Southwood considered herself to be sexually liberaluntil her fiance landed a job filming porn for a network reality TV show and her whole world changed overnight. Once confident in her relationship, she suddenly felt jealous, insecure, and obsessively comparative to the porn stars her fiance was around everyday. She was forced to confront feelings she didn t even know she had: about the treatment of women in the porn industry, the hush-hush attitude toward women watching pornography, and the unrealistic expectations about sex that are often propagated by porn.
Prude is a humorous memoir that explores why there is so little communication about porn in relationships. Southwood tells the story of her transformation from feeling sexually liberal-minded to realizing she had issues with porn and the industry her fiance was a part of. She reveals her bizarre journey to conquer her discomfort around pornand how she ends up finding herself (and ultimately fixing her relationship for good) along the way.

About the Author
Emily Southwood writes for websites such as Betty Confidential and Huffington Post, and she can be found blogging at She has been featured in Canadian newspapers and magazines, including the Montreal Mirror, The Globe and Mail, and Elle Canada. Emily received a bachelor s degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal and later completed an MFA in creative non-fiction from the University of British Columbia. In 2008, Emily moved to Los Angeles to be with her fiance, who was there filming porn stars in action for the reality TV show Webdreams. The experience of planning a wedding while her betrothed witnessed crude encounters inspired this book. Emily currently divides her time between Montreal and Los Angeles. Without a fixed address, her mainstays are her station wagon, her husband, her son, and a small, white dog."