Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex / Edition 1

Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex / Edition 1

by Jane M. Ussher
     
 

In Fantasies of Femininity, Jane Ussher focuses on unraveling the contradictory visions of feminine sexuality: the fact that representations of the definition of woman seethe with sexuality yet for centuries women have been condemned for exploring their own sexual desires. In her quest for the sources of feminine representation, Ussher interviewed dozens of women - as… See more details below

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In Fantasies of Femininity, Jane Ussher focuses on unraveling the contradictory visions of feminine sexuality: the fact that representations of the definition of woman seethe with sexuality yet for centuries women have been condemned for exploring their own sexual desires. In her quest for the sources of feminine representation, Ussher interviewed dozens of women - as well as some men - and combed popular media - from Seventeen to Cosmopolitan and Dallas to Donahue - to identify what shapes women's symbolic images of sex and femininity. Ussher argues that women have effectively resisted and subverted these archetypal fantasies of femininity, and in the process of so doing, reframed the very boundaries of sex. In this way, she exposes as myth much of what we think we know about "woman" and about "sex."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813524986
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.95(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Imagining 'Women' - Imagining Sex3
Ch. 1The Script of Feminity: Sex, Romance and Beauty7
Ch. 2The Masculine Gaze: Framing 'Woman' in Art and Film84
Ch. 3Pornography: Denigration of 'Woman' or Exploration of Fantasy and Transgression?143
Ch. 4Sexual Science and the Law: Regulating Sex - Reifying the Power of the Heterosexual Man204
Ch. 5Violating the Sexual Body: Rape, Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Murder292
Ch. 6Reframing Feminity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex346
Further Reading375
Index393

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