There was a time when the public believed that women entered the world of adult films as a result of abuse, coersion, and addiction. But over the past two decades women like Jenna Jameson have taken the image of the poor, pathetic porn star and squashed it with their 8-inch platform heels. A new generation of powerful women have taken the reigns of their sexuality and their careers. As one of the most successful adult film actresses to date and frontwoman of her own production company, Teravision, Tera Patrick has certainly embraced the image of the empowered porn mistress. But a peek between the covers of her new book, Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn, shows a more vulnerable girl beneath the surface that falls somewhere between the meager women of yesteryear and the Girl Power proponents of today.
Amidst the pages of black and white and full color photographs of the beautiful star, the reader learns about Tera’s early estrangement from her mother, the disappointing and disturbing loss of her virginity, and her spiral into pot and valium addiction as she attempted to make it as a model overseas. But her entry into the world of adult modeling and films marks the beginning of her road to empowerment and, eventually, to love. In fact, the entire second half of the book reads more as a love story than a porn memoir. While there are titillating descriptions of weekend-long rough sex marathons with husband Evan Seinfeld that prompt worried neighbors to call the police, the sex in this book isn’t as graphic as Tera’s fans may expect (or hope for). What they get instead is a touching tale of how love pulled her through some difficult times and helped her become the strong woman we know and lust today.
If you’re looking for an erotic read, you won’t find it here. The sex in this book is downplayed by the love, heartbreak, and true human element. However, if you’re a fan of Tera Patrick or the porn industry in general, I think you’ll really enjoy getting under the surface through this page-turning account of the star’s life and career.
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