Christians, Feminists, And The Culture Of Pornography

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Overview

In this pioneering study in religion and culture, Mielke acknowledges the power that pornographic images continue to assert in a culture whose conscious intention is to deny their attraction. Despite efforts by Christians and feminists alike to radically alter the sexual agenda in the direction of a more tender and respectful eroticism, much of contemporary America continues its sexual odyssey with unrepentant enthusiasm—and with an increasing interest in overt sexual imagery. Mielke's unique analysis brings together a wide range of sources—contemporary as well as historical Christianity, sex therapy, secular feminism, contemporary psychoanalysis, and behavioral science research studies—in an attempt to explain the prevalence of pornographic themes and imagery in human sexual arousal and fulfillment. Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Introducton; The Problematic Place of Pornography in Culture; Sexual Liberalism in America; Feminists Confront Pornography; Christian Perspectives on Sex and Pornography; The Dynamics of Sexual Excitement: The Research of Robert J. Stroller, M.D.; Pornography's Challenge to Theology; Bibliography; Readings for Further Study; Index.

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Mielke attempts to illustrate the underlying connections between both Christian and feminist objections, stating that both positions arise from a fear of sexual fantasy and aggression.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819197658
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/27/1994
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur J. Mielke is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Sociology at Lees College in Jackson, Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Problematic Place of Pornography in Culture 1
Ch. 2 Sexual Liberalism in America 15
Ch. 3 Feminists Confront Pornography 25
Ch. 4 Christian Perspectives on Sex and Pornography 45
Ch. 5 The Dynamics of Sexual Excitement: The Research of Robert J. Stoller, M.D. 73
Ch. 6 Pornography's Challenge to Theology 91
Bibliography 101
Readings for Further Study 121
Index 133
About the Author 137
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