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Awful writing, even for academiaMarch 2 2014
Laura H. Marshall
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I'm in academia myself and have a considerable vocabulary, yet found myself startled and downright mystified by her choices of words throughout this book--choices that often made little sense and seemed calculated to impress the reader. At the same time, the writing is stilted and awkward, sentences strung together as if they simply fell into place on the page rather than because they made linguistic sense. The section on "producers" of "soft-core porn" at Mardi Gras is disingenous, with no critique of the possible unethical behavior of the alleged "producers" who are presented as "professionals" even as most of them admit to shooting video of drunken women who are often coerced into revealing themselves "for fun" or because it gets them invited to parties.
This is a thinly-veiled approximation of research, though much time may have been spent putting it together. The writing, at least, could have much improved if the author had spent as much time striving for clarity as she did fighting to fit impressive words into odd circumstances.