Getting Off: One Womans Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction

Getting Off: One Womans Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction

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Hardcover, Pages: 192

Genres: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Sexuality

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Getting Off: One Womans Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction
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A fiercely courageous account of one womans unflinching, raw, and ultimately hopeful journey through sex and porn addiction.

For almost two decades, Erica Garza was consumed by a singular, secret, shame-fueled pursuit that threw her life into chaos: orgasm. Back-braced, isolated, and teased in adolescence, and ambivalent about her Catholic upbringing, Garza found a secret solace in masturbation and porn--first by way of the limited softcore viewing offered by late-night cable, and, later, with the booming proliferation of online porn.

In this wrenching, vivid account, Garza explores her sexual fixations and relives the series of disastrous relationships and one-night stands that haunt her as she runs from one side of the world to the other in a futile attempt to break free of her habits―from East Los Angeles to Hawaii and Southeast Asia, through the brothels of Bangkok and the yoga studios of Bali to disappointing stabs at twelve-steps, therapy, and rehab back home.

Garzas terror at digging so deeply into her history to understand her anxieties is palpable, as is her exhilaration when she begins to believe she might just be free of them. And yet there is no false hope or prepackaged sense of redemption. Even her relationship to the man she will ultimately marry is credibly rocky as it finds its legs with several false starts, making her increasing sense of self-acceptance and peace by journeys end feel utterly earned.

In exploring the cultural taboos surrounding sex and porn from a female perspective, Garza offers a brave and necessary voice to our evolving conversations about addiction and the impact that Internet culture has had on young women.

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  •    Nikogal Hirchi
    2020
    Often times when we hear about sex addiction, it is a taboo subject. It is also a narrative that is usually dominated by men. "Getting Off" is one of the few books about this topic that I've read that's written by a woman, and shows the wide range of emotions and dysfunctions that goes along with this affliction.

    Garza's struggle with sex addiction begins when she is twelve and continues long into her adulthood. She has a brilliant writing style--raw, at times funny, and painfully honest in its detail. Once I started reading this book I didn't put it down and finished it in a manner of hours. As you can guess from the subject matter, it is quite x-rated in certain scenes, so it's not for the puritanical or faint of heart. If you can move beyond this, however, you will find this an enlightening and enjoyable read.

    [A free digital copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Scribner, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]
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  •    Kazrara Kingwood
    2020
    This is a very honest autobiography about the writer's addiction to sex and watching porn. Her cure, in so far as you really can be cured, was too much out of the blue for me.

    She tells her story very well.

    But aren't we all a bit addicted to, and focused on sex nowadays?
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