Female Fetishism

Female Fetishism

by Lorraine Gamman, Anthony P. Griffin, Donald E. Lively, Robert C. Post
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814730728

ISBN-13: 9780814730720

Pub. Date: 01/01/1995

Publisher: New York University Press

The aura of passivity that has for centuries surrounded female sexuality in popular culture, psychology, and literature has, in recent years, dissipated. And yet fetishism, one of the most intriguing and mysterious forms of sexual expression, is still cast as an almost exclusively male domain. Most psychoanalytic thought, for instance, excludes the very possibility

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Overview

The aura of passivity that has for centuries surrounded female sexuality in popular culture, psychology, and literature has, in recent years, dissipated. And yet fetishism, one of the most intriguing and mysterious forms of sexual expression, is still cast as an almost exclusively male domain. Most psychoanalytic thought, for instance, excludes the very possibility of female fetishism.

The first book on the subject, Female Fetishism engagingly documents women's involvement in this form of sexuality. Lorraine Gamman and Merja Makinen describe a wide array of female fetishisms, from the obsessional behavior of pop fans (and pop performers such as Madonna) to fetishism in advertising to women's involvement in the world of dress clubs and fetish magazines. The authors provide provocative evidence of food fetishism among women, arguing that many eating disorders are best understood from this perspective.
A latter portion of the book includes a discussion of how feminists have treated the political and cultural significance of female fetishism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814730720
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Three Types of Fetishism: a Question of Definition14
2Perverse Strategies: a Look at Women51
3Women and Sexual Fetishism95
4Bulimia: the Fourth Fetishism?122
5Food Fetishism: the Cultural Arguments145
6Female Fetishism Conflated: Representations of 'Fetishism'171
7Fetishism - the Postmodern Condition?213
Bibliography223
Index233

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