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Hailed as "a paradigm shift in feminist responses to pornography" when first published in 1993, Dirty Looks was instantly lauded as a landmark volume. This new edition adds to the core of the original selection no less than eight new accounts of recent transformations in the politics and presentation of porn. Drawing on the radical work around gender, identity and sexuality within critical theory, the book continues to argue for the significance of porn in debates around gender, feminism, and masculinity and the ...
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Overview

Hailed as "a paradigm shift in feminist responses to pornography" when first published in 1993, Dirty Looks was instantly lauded as a landmark volume. This new edition adds to the core of the original selection no less than eight new accounts of recent transformations in the politics and presentation of porn. Drawing on the radical work around gender, identity and sexuality within critical theory, the book continues to argue for the significance of porn in debates around gender, feminism, and masculinity and the importance of the topic in our understanding of issues of power and cultural identity. Above all, it insists on the categorical imperative and critical necessity to continue the study of an area with such immense symbolic and social significance.

This new extended edition with several specially commissioned contributions -including several now from male contributors-extends its coverage to include issues as diverse as: women's use of porn; transnational gay porn; lesbian webcam porn; the cultural and intellectual "economy" of porn; and the presence of genre and narrative in porn texts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851709369
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Church Gibson is Senior Lecturer in Contextual and Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion. She is the co-editor of the Oxford Guide to Film Studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface : porn again? : or why the editor might have misgivings
Acknowledgments
Notes on contributors
Foreword : so you want to teach pornography? 1
1 For a pornoscape 9
2 Generic overspill : A dirty western 27
3 Machines that make the body do things 31
4 There's no place like home : further developments on the domestic front 45
5 Only the literal : the contradictions of anti-pornography feminism 59
6 Virtual child porn : the law and the semiotics of the image 71
7 Defycategory.com, or the place of categories in intermedia 85
8 Cybersex 92
9 Idol thoughts : orgasm and self-reflexivity in gay pornography 102
10 The 'world' of all-male pornography : on the public place of moving-image sex in the era of pornographic transnationalism 110
11 Loving the other : Arab-male fetish pornography and the dark continent of masculinity 127
12 Taste-making : indifference, interiors and the unbound image 137
13 The body's shadow realm 149
14 Second thoughts on Hard core : American obscenity law and the scapegoating of deviance 165
15 Through a gaze darkly : pornography's academic market 176
16 Complicity : women artists investigating masculinity 188
17 She-male fantasies and the aesthetics of pornography 204
18 'Above the pulp-line' : the cultural significance of erotic art 216
19 The seduction of boundaries : feminist fluidity in Annie Sprinkle's art/education/sex 224
20 Maid to order : commercial S/M and gender power 237
Index 255
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