Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex

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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 ...
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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."
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An ambitious, scholarly, and captivating survey... Attentive to nuance and detail...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813524979
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Imagining 'Women' - Imagining Sex 3
Ch. 1 The Script of Feminity: Sex, Romance and Beauty 7
Ch. 2 The Masculine Gaze: Framing 'Woman' in Art and Film 84
Ch. 3 Pornography: Denigration of 'Woman' or Exploration of Fantasy and Transgression? 143
Ch. 4 Sexual Science and the Law: Regulating Sex - Reifying the Power of the Heterosexual Man 204
Ch. 5 Violating the Sexual Body: Rape, Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Murder 292
Ch. 6 Reframing Feminity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex 346
Further Reading 375
Index 393
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