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Rated X: How Porn Liberated Me From Hollywood | Maitland Ward | Book Review

Growing up in the 90’s, Boy Mets World was my show. There are just so many iconic moments that stick with me years later. Includes in these moments is the epic food fight between Eric, Jack and Rachel. The character of Rachel was first introduced in season six thus introducing the audience to actress Maitland Ward. Following the cancelation of the show, she found herself having difficulty booking new roles, and this forced her to make an unexpected career change. This career change and more is discussed in her new memoir Rated X: How Porn Liberated Me From Hollywood.

The career change which Maitland Ward made was to leave the Disney universe and join the world of adult entertainment. Now that is quite the change! Not being able to find roles that were darker was the main reason for the career change. She was tired of being put in the “good girl” Disney box. Her transition into the world of porn did not happen over night but as she became more comfortable, she started exploring more. Through out her memoir she references this change as her liberation as a woman.

It was interesting to read about Maitland Ward’s move into the adult entertainment industry. She is very open about her experiences and does not appear to have any embarrassment or regrets in terms of these experiences. Many of these experiences are sexual in nature. These experiences are what cause the actress to really think about what it means to be a sexual woman within our society. To me, she brings up several good messages about body image, sex positivity, and the role of woman within society.

Like I said, this memoir is one of experiences and identity. Some of these experiences are highly sexual and involve various individuals both prior to her joining the world of porn and after as well. Admittedly some of this made me cringe internally because it’s not exactly what I normally like to read. That being said, I recognize the way I have been programs to automatically think that that type of behavior is inappropriate, and I do admire her image of freedom and positive sexuality. Hollywood is well known for trying to keep sexuality under wraps and for not allowing women to appear “too sexy”. I appreciated the way she called people within the industry out without fear of repercussions.

Rated X is a sex positive reflection of a women’s past, present, and future. Maitland Ward has taken control of sexuality in a way that has been deemed unacceptable by much of society. As she was liberating herself in her eyes, society was still trying to put her in a box and shaming her for refusing to fit into it. She refuses to let shame stop her and finds ways to rise about it becoming a strong in the entertainment field of her choosing. It may not be the path for everyone but, it is the right move for her.

Rating: 4 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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