Author: Katherine Harrison

Publisher: University of Chester

ISBN: 1908258411

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 7374

Pornography is no longer considered to be a single, homogenous 'thing'. Nor are debates about pornography limited to the reductive anti-porn versus anti-censorship controversies of the mid-twentieth century. Whether we like it or not, pornography today is out in the open, from the ubiquity of porn produced and consumed via the Internet to the mainstreaming of porn aesthetics and practices into mass media and everyday life. Pornography is therefore of central concern to social scientific, arts and humanities research that focuses on sexual freedoms and oppressions, empowerment, gender, feminism and postfeminism, queer identities, normative and non-normative bodies, politics and more. This book conceives of pornographies in the plural and its twelve chapters engage directly with porn across a range of media and from a variety of critical perspectives. From the conceptual importance of pornography in the feminist 'sex wars' to porn produced for female and/or queer sexual pleasure, via examinations of vaginal performance artists, fetish clinics, sexperts, amputee porn, barebacking, tattoos and Japanese erotica, this book illuminates the many ways in which pornographies may be understood in scholarship today.


Short Stories

Author: Christopher Grimes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780983195658

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 700

This edition is the short story version of the novel, The Pornographers, and is sold only on Jaded Ibis website, or free with purchase of The Pornographers by Christopher Grimes. Contact the publisher for more information: questions at Jaded Ibis Productions dot com From take-off to landing, these linked stories move at the speed of sound through post 9-11 angst, yoga, bureaucratic helplessness, marriage, collective public insecurity and family. A group of minor bureaucrats operating under the unfunded directive of "Homeland Security" try to start a commercial pornography site in order to generate revenue for their city. Their research into the porn industry does in fact suggest it as a viable solution to their economic woes. Meanwhile their wives threaten to follow a guru to India in search of their own inner security. Pornographies humorously lays bare serious and real concerns about 21st Century America.

Violence and Nonviolence

Pathways to Understanding

Author: Gregg Barak

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761926968

Category: Social Science

Page: 341

View: 4374

Putting forth a reciprocal theory of violence and nonviolence, this book addresses virtually all forms of violence, from verbal abuse to genocide, and treats all of these expressions of violence as interpersonal, institutional, and structural phenomena. In the context of recovery and nonviolence, this book addresses peace and conflict studies, legal rights, and social justice, and various nonviolent movements and struggles for peace and justice.


American Pornographies: Visual Culture, Literature, History

Author: Barbara Helena Adams,Tanja Beljanski,Claudia Deckers,Elise Kammerer,Malte Fabert,Timo Koster,Moritz Kramer,Mascha Rabea Schlomm,Lilifar Tahmasebi,Corinna Triller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783643128591

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 366

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When the editors of Pornorama asked Larry Flynt for his definition of pornography, he replied that "pornography is the purest form of art." At a time when pornography is ubiquitous in American culture, Flynt's definition should be read as analytic rather than provocative. Like this collection, which provides a critical panorama of American pornographies, it asks about the status and function of pornography in American culture. What does Flynt mean? Is pornography the ars amandi of the 21st century? Is pornography art after the death of sublimation? What about ruin-porn, food-porn, war-porn, and, last but not least, what about the agendas of porn studies? Hanjo Berressem teaches American literature and culture at the University of Cologne. Contains explicit illustrations.

Porn After Porn

Contemporary Alternative Pornographies

Author: Enrico Biasin,Giovanna Maina,Federico Zecca

Publisher: Mimesis

ISBN: 9788857523590

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 343

View: 659

After the “digital turn,” sexual representations have been increasing both quantitatively and qualitatively. This volume investigates the emergences of alternative pornographies, mapping its main areas such as alt porn, queer pornography, indie porn, post porn, feminist pornography, and amateur porn.


Author: Claudine Potvin

Publisher: Québec : L'Instant même



Page: 129

View: 8725

La pornographie, la "forme de fiction la plus politique"? Second recueil de nouvelles de l'auteure dans lequel, une fois encore, la sexualité dans toutes ses variantes occupe une place de choix. S. Pouliot n'a pas beaucoup apprécié l'impressionnisme flou et plutôt abstrait des 18 textes. Elle a noté l'approche féministe, le plaidoyer contre la "pédophilie généralisée", etc. [SDM].

The New Pornographies

Explicit Sex in Recent French Fiction and Film

Author: Victoria Best,Martin Crowley

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719073991

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 1998

The turn of the twenty-first century has witnessed the striking advance of pornography into the Western cultural mainstream. Symptomatic of this development has been the use by writers, artists, and film-makers of the imagery and aesthetics of pornography, in works which have, often on this basis, achieved considerable international success. Amongst these artists are a number of French authors and directors - such as Michel Houellebecq, Catherine Breillat, Virginie Despentes, or Catherine Millet - whose work has often been dismissed as trashy or exploitative, but whose use of pornographic material may in fact be indicative of important contemporary concerns.In this study of a very significant trend, the authors explore how the reference to pornography encodes diverse political, cultural, and existential questions, including relations between the sexes, the collapse of avant-garde politics, gay sexualities in the time of AIDS, the anti-feminist backlash, the relation to the body and illness, the place of fantasy, and the sexualization of children. It will be of interest to undergraduates, graduates, and researchers in the fields of French culture, gender, film, and media studies.

Sex Exposed

Sexuality and the Pornography Debate

Author: Lynne Segal,Mary McIntosh

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813519388

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

View: 3564

Essays by well-known feminists explore the issues of feminism and censorship, anti-pornography feminism, and the tendency of recent feminist debates about sexuality to focus on questions relating to pornography

Porn Studies

Author: Linda Williams

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822333128


Page: 516

View: 2390

A collection of contemporary work on pornographic film and video, edited by one of the founders of the field.

Sexual Orientation and Rights

Author: Nicholas Bamforth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351900854

Category: Political Science

Page: 562

View: 639

Debate about the rights of sexual minorities, whether individuals or members of same-sex couples, has become an important issue for legislatures and courts in many constitutional democracies. This volume collects together some of the more significant writings in the debate, and reflects a variety of perspectives: liberal, conservative, and radical. The topics covered include the meaning and importance of sexual freedom, gender roles, marriage and other significant partnerships, child care and adoption, the criminal law, employment, and expression and pornography. The volume also seeks to relate arguments about sexual orientation and rights to broader debates within feminist theory.

Beyond Explicit

Pornography and the Displacement of Sex

Author: Helen Hester

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438449615

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 6174

Develops a novel characterization of the pornographic as a cultural concept. This original contribution to porn studies aims to interrogate previously untheorized changes in contemporary understandings of the pornographic. Helen Hester argues that the words “porn” and “pornographic” are currently being applied to an ever-expanding range of material and that this change in language usage reflects a wider shift in perception. She suggests that we are witnessing a seemingly paradoxical move away from sex within contemporary understandings of porn, as a range of other factors come to influence the concept. Using examples from media, literature, and culture, and discussing the rise of notions such as “torture porn” and “misery porn,” Hester’s argument ranges from sexually explicit German novels and British policy documents to a discussion of the differences between European and American editions of pornographic films. She concludes that four factors in particular—transgression, intensity, prurience, and authenticity—can be seen to influence the way that we think about porn.

Mainstreaming Sex

The Sexualization of Western Culture

Author: Feona Attwood

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857731726

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 6748

Mainstreaming Sex uncovers the significant impact, hitherto only half glimpsed, that striptease culture is having on our media, relationships, educational and working lives. It is a welcome and much needed book. Western culture is exhibiting its fascination with sex in new, often surprising ways. Pole dancing is a form of keep fit, porn stars find work as agony aunts, pornography itself is just ‘a mouse click away’, and phone sex, email affairs and cybersex are now part of our everyday lives. This sexualization of modern culture is the subject widely discussed here. In original chapters, the contributors confront the reality that in all aspects of social and cultural life, sex is being ‘mainstreamed’. They explore film, print and online pornographies; representations of masturbation in film and television, supersexualized advertising, and problem page sex. They also examine young people’s views of sex in mainstream media; women’s use of sexual media in the home; pole dancing as exercise and performance and third wave feminism and the sexualization debate.

Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary

The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Aggression in Hardcore Pornography

Author: Natalie J. Purcell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415523125

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

View: 3343

No cultural product reveals our collective fascination with sexual violence more candidly than pornography. Popular heterosexual pornographies showcase scenes of intense sexual aggression and cruelty that are gendered in repetitive, patterned configurations—configurations that are designedto arouse. Purcell uses comparative critical readings of popular U.S. pornographies to illuminate the changing psychosocial foundations of sexually aggressive fantasies. By examining how depictions of violence in pornography have changed over the past forty years, she investigates the evolving desires and anxieties of the genre’s growing U.S. audience. Adopting a thick descriptive approach, she moves beyond the mere observation and recording of instances of sexism and violence, elucidating the changing aesthetics, themes, and conventions of depicted sexual aggression and showing how they have emerged in specific socio-historical contexts. Finally, she draws from a range of industry publications and fan forums to examine the fabric and function of misogyny and violence in people’s fantasies and everyday lives.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Motion pictures

Page: N.A

View: 6159

The grim phoenix

reconstructing Thomas Pynchon

Author: William M. Plater

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

View: 9978

Making Sense of Online Pornography

Author: Feona Attwood

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781433102073

Category: Computers

Page: 287

View: 6498

Pornography has always been central to debates about sex and emerging new media technologies. Today, debate is increasingly focused on online pornographies. This collection examines pornography’s significance as a focus of definition, debate, and myth; its development as a mainstream entertainment industry; and the emergence of the new economy of Porn 2.0, and of new types of porn labor and professionalism. It looks at porn style behind the scenes of straight hardcore, in gay, lesbian, and queer pornographies, in shock sites, and in amateur erotica, and investigates the rise of the online porn fan community, the sex blogger, the erotic rate-me site and the visual cultures of swingers. Treating these developments as part of a broader set of economic and cultural transformations, this book argues that new porn practices reveal much about contemporary and competing views of sex and the self, the real and the body, culture, and commerce.

Sex Media

Author: Feona Attwood

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1509516913

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 8744

Media are central to our experiences and understandings of sex, whether in the form of familiar 'mainstream' genres, pornographies and other sex genres, or the new zones, interactions and technosexualities made possible by the internet and mobile devices. In this engaging new book, Feona Attwood argues that to understand the significance of sex media, we need to examine them in terms of their distinctive characteristics, relationships to art and culture, and changing place in society. Observing the role that media play in relation to sex, gender, and sexuality, this book considers the regulation of sex and sexual representation, issues around the 'sexualization of culture', and demonstrates how a critical focus on sex media can inform debates on sex education and sexual health, as well as illuminate the relation of sex to labour, leisure, intimacy, and bodies. Sex Media is an essential resource for students and scholars of media, culture, gender and sexuality.

The Erotic Engine: How Pornography Has Powered Mass Communication from Gutenberg to Google

Author: Patchen Barss

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 038566737X

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

View: 7094

Pornography: The force for change that has been written out of the history of world culture. From cave painting to photography to the internet, pornography has always been at the cutting edge in adopting and exploiting new developments in mass communication. And in so doing, it has helped to promote and propel those developments in ways that are rarely acknowledged. Without pornography, the internet would not have grown so quickly. The e-commerce payment systems that are now commonplace would be at a far more primitive stage security and usability. Without video streaming software developed for pornography sites, CNN would be struggling to deliver news clips. Without advertising from sex sites, Google could not have afforded YouTube. This smart, witty and well-researched history shows how a vast secret trade has bankrolled and shaped mainstream culture and its machines. From the Hardcover edition.