The issues covered in the book include: the improbable alliance between the right and pro-censorship feminists in the USA and Britain; a puzzled look at Andrea Dworkin's novel, "Mercy"; the new lesbian and bisexual pornography; censorship in relation to AIDS work; psychoanalytic reflections on fantasy; a reconsideration of racism and pornography ...
The issues covered in the book include: the improbable alliance between the right and pro-censorship feminists in the USA and Britain; a puzzled look at Andrea Dworkin's novel, "Mercy"; the new lesbian and bisexual pornography; censorship in relation to AIDS work; psychoanalytic reflections on fantasy; a reconsideration of racism and pornography in Robert Maplethorpe's photography; Mae West as sexual icon and her brushes with the law; the female nude in "high" art. Contributors to the book include: Carole Vance; Anne McClintock; Mandy Merck; Elizabeth Wilson; Harriett Gilbert; Carol Smart; Lynda Nead and others. Lynne Segal teaches psychology at Middlesex Polytechnic. She has written "Beyond the Fragments" (1980), and "Is the Future Female?: Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism" Virago (1987). Mary McIntoch is the joint author of "The Anti-Social Family".
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-12-28 These scintillating essays by British and American feminists deal not only with pornography itself, but with related issues as well. Kobena Mercer, for instance, examines Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs and finds that they reinforce stereotypes about black male sexuality. When the contributors face head-on the problems inherent in stopping harmful representations while maintaining free expression, they encourage erring on the side of liberty. Carol S. Vance in particular illustrates how in her view American anti-pornography feminists have been used by the conservative establishment. Much of the material is witty and informative as well as thought-provoking: Anne McClintock's study of the different views regarding pornography created for men and that created for women includes a brief history of the female orgasm, and Loretta Loach's study of female pornography consumers includes one monogamous woman's assertion that ``It's like going to a restaurant . . . You want something a little bit more unusual than you'd cook yourself.'' Segal is the author of Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men ; McIntosh is a British sociologist. (Feb.)
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