From the Guardian Review’s Critical Eye:
“I can’t remember a more incoherent, confusing and downright bonkers book than this peculiar tome by Brooke Magnanti, the real-life research scientist behind the blogger and former escort Belle de Jour.” The Sunday Times’s Eleanor Mills put The Sex Myth in its place: “rather than attempting to analyse her own life choices as a window into the bizarre whys and wherefores of the sex industry, she has written a dreary, often unreadable survey of other people’s research into the trade. It seems inconceivable that a book by a former escort all about sex could be so boring …” Melanie McGrath in the Sunday Telegraph agreed: “The poverty of her critical thinking can be breathtaking … Add to this a penchant for wildly invalid and insulting comparisons … and you have an unwholesome brew of intellectual incoherence and self-delusion … It’s hard to know what Magnanti thought she was trying to achieve … it might have carried the reader had its tone not been so self-regarding or – in places – so insufferably boring”. An off-beat review by Abby O’Reilly in the Independent on Sunday, however, admired Magnanti’s “clear, accessible language, insightful humour and wit”; she judged the book to be “meticulously researched” and “an enlightening must-read for anyone exposed to the press”.
The name Abby O’Reilly rang a bell; she’s an idiot sex-pozzer who intermittently writes for the UK F-Word, and back in 2007 wrote an incredibly poor quality article on ‘feminist’ porn. Apparently, one needs a degree from Cambridge to come up with lines like:
saying this I feel like I’ve dug up Andrea Dworkin and shat on her face.
Please note, Andrea Dworkin only died in 2005, so O’Reilly was being really classy there. O’Reilly’s profile from the piece says: “She hopes one day she’ll decide what she wants to do with her life, but until then she’ll watch porn.” Seems like she’s probably been doing just that, and her lack of intellectual growth over the past five years reflects the fact!