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Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture

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This book uncovers the significant impact 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...

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Overview

This book uncovers the significant impact 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845118273
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 963,480
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Feona Attwood teaches Media and Communication Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. She has published widely on sex and the media. She is currently working on controversial images, researching and teaching sexual media and online pornographies.

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Table of Contents

* Acknowledgements
• Contributors
• Introduction: The Sexualization of Culture — Feona Attwood
• Section 1: Pornography and Pornographication
• The New Pornographies: Representation or Reality? — Simon Hardy
• Pleasing Intensities: Masochism and Affective Pleasures in PornShort Fictions — Clarissa Smith
• “Choke on it, Bitch!”: PornStudies, Extreme Gonzoand the Mainstreaming of Hardcore — Stephen Maddison
• From Porn Chic to Porn Fear: the Returban of the Repressed? — Brian McNair
• Section 2: Sexualization and Mainstream Media
• The Mainstreaming of Masturbation: Autoeroticism and Consumer Capitalism — Greg Tuck
• Supersexualize Me!: Advertising and the ‘Midriffs’ — Rosalind Gill
• Whatever Happened to Cathy and Claire?: Sex, Advice and the Role of the Agony Aunt — Petra Boynton
• Section 3: Striptease Culture
• Too Much Too Toung?: Young People, Sexual Media and Learning — Sara Bragg & David Buckingham
• Some Texts Do It Better: Women, Sexually Explicit Texts and the Everyday — Dana Wilson-Kovacs
• Keeping Fit in Six Inch Heels: The Mainstreaming of Pole Dancing — Samantha Holland & Feona Attwood
• BUST-ing the Third Wave: Barbies, Blowjobs and Girlie Feminism — Rebecca Munford
• Appendices
• Film and TV Guide
• Bibliography
• Index *

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