By Clarissa Smith

ISBN-10: 1841509779

ISBN-13: 9781841509778

We often examine ladies because the sufferers of pornography instead of its shoppers. no matter if showing in motion pictures, peering provocatively from the pages of magazines, or posing on specific Web-sites, ladies are thought of the dehumanized items of unseen lascivious male audience. yet in her debatable new booklet One for the Girls!, Clarissa Smith debunks this fantasy and demanding situations girls to learn, watch, and luxuriate in pornography on their lonesome phrases. concentrating on the British journal For Women, Smith appears at its readers’ responses to male pinups and erotica and explores the intricacies of women’s distinctive reactions to pornography.

“Clarissa Smith has accomplished anything targeted together with her new proffering from her masculinities repertoire. Smith’s textual content is groundbreaking, multidisciplinary and—equally importantly—extremely readable. it's the final element probably that actually units this paintings aside, as One for the women has greatly to supply either the professional educational and the final reader. Clarissa Smith’s available type permits readers with little past wisdom of serious idea, cultural stories or the Nineteen Eighties pornography debate, not to in basic terms comprehend those discourses, yet to increase a powerful seize in their influence during this context.”—Michelle Parsons, Transition Tradition
 
 

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Right-wingers and moralists viewed these developments with some horror, exclaiming at the growth of the ‘promiscuous society’ and the concomitant social breakdown (Hunt 1998; Petley 2000). The floodgates appeared to be open for increasingly explicit material, but the voices against pornography were given a major fillip in the late 1970s by radical feminist analyses of sexualized representations that moved discussion from moral to political outrage. Against the backdrop of sexual liberation, this outrage arose from the feminist axiom that the ‘personal is political’ making the connections between sexual representations and male violence in the claim ‘Pornography is the Theory, Rape is the Practice’.

The phallus is a ‘sign’ rather than inherent feature of those bodies designated biologically male: … difference (castration) does not reside with women and female ‘lack’. Phallic desire may look like the prerogative of men, not because they are or have the phallus but because it embodies singularity, the principle of one, and because it is modelled on the organ with which it is synonymous. (1995: 28) Women in pornography are accorded a phallic (powerful) status obscuring difference and subverting the concept of the fully realized masculine subject/viewer.

Making pornography a topic of concern for academics whatever their discipline. ’ than the specifics of its textual formations. Some commentators are so incensed by their response to porn that they call for the total banning of the object of their investigation. 2 Numerous accounts of these ‘sex wars’ have been published (O’Toole 1998; Carol 1994; Segal & McIntosh 1992; Strossen 2000; McElroy 1995; Tong 1998; Thompson 1994; Chancer 1998) making a further rehearsal here somewhat superfluous. With that acknowledgement of superfluity in mind, I offer a very brief overview of the histories and main arguments of the debates, focusing on studies which could be considered ‘emblematic’ of particular positions, sufficient only to put my own discussion into context.

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