Fantasy Factory: An Insider's View of the Phone Sex Industry / Edition 1

Fantasy Factory: An Insider's View of the Phone Sex Industry / Edition 1

by Amy Flowers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812216431

ISBN-13: 2900812216430

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

The Fantasy Factory explores the world of women on the other end of the phone sex lines advertised in magazines like Playboy and Hustler. The author's interviews with these women, as well as her own first-hand experiences as an operator, reveal the complex ways in which operators and callers negotiate the shifting borders between desire and disgust, fantasy and…  See more details below

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The Fantasy Factory explores the world of women on the other end of the phone sex lines advertised in magazines like Playboy and Hustler. The author's interviews with these women, as well as her own first-hand experiences as an operator, reveal the complex ways in which operators and callers negotiate the shifting borders between desire and disgust, fantasy and reality, deception and belief.

Flowers discovers that operators--who assume names like Tiffany and Corvette--create a virtual reality in which callers can act out fantasies that operators may find boring, disgusting, or even frightening. She also discovers that even those women who are skilled at keeping their "true self" and their phone sex persona separate find that they have to struggle to protect that self and to maintain the ability to experience real intimacy.

The Fantasy Factory raises provocative questions about the manufacture of artificial intimacy and the technological mediation of intimacy, as well as about the social construction of sexuality and gender.

Amy Flowers is an independent scholar.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900812216430
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Feminist Cultural Studies, the Media, and Political Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200

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