I’m so happy to post this!! Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals is a thoughtful, respectful and honest acamdemic. She’s also my friend. Even so, it’s a real treat to boast someone’s work without the need for extra embellishments.
You Study What? One Sociologist’s Journey through Sex, Society, & Adult Entertainment (Volume 1) is Porn 101 from an academic perspective in delicious, digestible chapter portions. Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals’ perspective is refreshing, funny, candid and wonderfully illuminating.
I typically run from academic prose about sex and sex work, but anyone who reads Dr. Chauntelle’s website regularly–PVVOnline.com–knows that she defies the stereotypes academics can sometimes embody when they are “looking in at [enter subject here]” and either don’t see anything especially interesting, or see much more than is actually there. Simply put, everything she writes about rings true because she’s looking at it through her personal lens with complete honesty; without coloring it with complicated (and dark) personal projections. We’re not machines, though, and so our perosnal lens also acts as a mirror. Fortunate for us, that mirror here reflects someone who is kind and completely adorable! Her not-so-prepared-for-this-to-happen moments had me howling.
Each story has an amazing point to make and was, personally, an educational experience for me. “The Thin Line Between Real and Fake” explores what constitutes “real” and “fake” when most people have some sort of physical alteration. “Average Joe and The Monster Cock” asks a never-asked question about men’s libidos in the face of so much size stereotype in marketing. And “Working the Booth” ends on a rumination about porn’s “decline” as possibly our being culturally and sexually ‘over it’.
I could go on and on about Dr. Chauntelle. She’s charming and witty, but really, none of this would come through if she weren’t also a very good writer. If her work in this form can be compared to food, You Study What? promises to offer an ongoing shmorgishborg of delicious nibbles I can’t wait to digest!
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