Pornocopia: Porn, Sex, Technology and Desire

Pornocopia: Porn, Sex, Technology and Desire

by Laurence J. O'Toole
     
 

Author Laurence O'Toole argues that the expansion of new technologies-video, cable, the Internet-is substantially changing the status of pornography in society. Covering the American and British porn scenes, Pornocopia features interviews with porn activists and police officers and is the first book to seriously consider the role and interest of the porn

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Author Laurence O'Toole argues that the expansion of new technologies-video, cable, the Internet-is substantially changing the status of pornography in society. Covering the American and British porn scenes, Pornocopia features interviews with porn activists and police officers and is the first book to seriously consider the role and interest of the porn viewers and porn fans.

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Felicia Feaster
the irony O'Toole points out in his study of the history of pornography and its recent trends is how harsh and judgmental Americans remain about something they have so clearly embraced. Though the Times Square of the Seventies has vanished, and the raw veracity of that decade's porn has given way to silicon and shaved tussles shot on high-gloss video, porn remains a fixation of the American imagination -- a phenomenon consumed with the same zeal by its detractors as it is by its fans. From debates about kiddie porn, "snuff" films in the Seventies and "video nasties" in the Eighties to the newborn fear of cyberporn, the song remains the same as Americans continue to envision visual depictions of sex as either the ruination or liberation of our cultural purity.

O'Toole resides in the latter camp in this impressively researched but often intellectually sketchy -- and considering the material, rarely amused -- examination of porn. He details such ephemera as the pictorial progression from the "beaver" to the "split beaver" to the "action beaver" without even cracking a smile. The author attempts to substitute the saliva-spittled hysteria surrounding porn for a more reasoned, analytical treatment. He covers the gamut of pornography's promiscuous variability, from soft-core skin magazines to cybersex chat rooms. Our intrepid eros-explorer goes behind the scenes of the San Fernando adult video industry to interview producers and sexual superheroes such as Julie Rage ("the longest tongue in hard core") and Matt Ramsey, a "human freak in the spray department." In a refreshingly democratic gesture, O'Toole attempts to demystify the business by putting a human face on an industry previously seen as the domain of perverts, pedophiles and rapists.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852427207
Publisher:
Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
A Five Star Title Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.69(h) x 1.16(d)

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