Pornography, Women and Feminism: Between Pleasure and Politics

  title={Pornography, Women and Feminism: Between Pleasure and Politics},
  author={Karen Ciclitira},
  pages={281 - 301}
This article draws on a qualitative research study which set out to explore women’s experiences and views of pornography within the broader context of conflicting feminist positions on pornography. The research methodology posed an implicit criticism of the kind of ‘findings’ familiar from mainstream psychological research: semi-structured interviews were conducted with women from diverse backgrounds in the UK, and feminist theory and discourse analysis were used to inform interpretation of… 
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‘Erotic Fiction by Women for Women’: The Pleasures of Post-Feminist Heterosexuality
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This article is an attempt to stand back from the highly polarized debates over sexual representation within feminism over the last two decades. Setting aside the sterile arguments over the
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This volume examines controversial faultlines in contemporary feminism - pornography, the beauty myth, sadomasochism, prostitution, and the issue of rape - from an original and provocative
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'The feminist total critique of the liberal opposition of private and public still awaits its philosopher'.1 So concluded Carole Pateman in an important article written a decade ago. During the
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We assessed ratings of nine themes in commercial pornography to test feminist theory about what is degrading to women in pornography. Ninety‐four female and 89 male college student volunteers rated
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