From advertising to health education campaigns, sex and sexual imagery now permeate every aspect of culture. Striptease Culture explores the 'sexualization' of contemporary life, relating it to wider changes in post-war society.
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From advertising to health education campaigns, sex and sexual imagery now permeate every aspect of culture. Striptease Culture explores the 'sexualization' of contemporary life, relating it to wider changes in post-war society.
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A British academic and a journalist, McNair is optimistic about the increasing sexualization of culture and the media. Going forward from his Mediated Sex, he reports that the presentation of diverse kinds of sex in the media is a "barometer and a catalyst" for democracy in capitalist cultures because it makes the society open to many realities. McNair uses (but does not limit himself to) the usual examples of gender-bending in society, films, television, magazines, art, and the "pornosphere," both British and American. Among his subjects are Stonewall, Monica Lewinsky, Robert Mapplethorpe, Deep Throat, Sex in the City, The Full Monty, Sade, and Brett Easton Ellis. Some examples are given thought-provoking historical analysis, while others are just mentioned. Part of his analysis shows how advanced capitalist countries arrived at this point. Another strand looks at "striptease culture," where ordinary people bare themselves physically or emotionally on the Internet or on confessional or reality television. All of these things make capitalism and the social order more inclusive and thus more stable, argues McNair. This is a provocative thesis, intelligently argued. Suitable for media studies, gender studies, popular culture, academic, and large public library collections. J. Dunham, John Jay Coll., CUNY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203469378
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/21/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface and acknowledgements
1 Sex matters 1
2 From Wilde to Wild: the end of patriarchy, or is it all just history repeating? 15
Pt. 1 Cultural sexualization: from pornosphere to public sphere 35
3 The amazing expanding pornosphere 37
4 Porno-chic, or the pornographication of the mainstream 61
5 Striptease culture: the sexualization of the public sphere 88
Pt. 2 Sexual representation 109
6 'Women, know your limits!' 113
7 The mainstreaming of gayness 129
8 Men behaving sadly: the crisis of masculinity? 149
Pt. 3 The aesthetics and sexual transgression 163
9 Men, sex and transgression 167
10 Queer culture 179
11 Bad girls: sexual transgression as feminist strategy 191
12 Conclusions 205
Notes 208
Bibliography 228
Index 235
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