Pornography Embodied: From Speech to Sexual Practice - Feminist Constructions (Paperback)
  • Pornography Embodied: From Speech to Sexual Practice - Feminist Constructions (Paperback)

Pornography Embodied: From Speech to Sexual Practice - Feminist Constructions (Paperback)

Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 12/03/2004
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What does it mean to re-conceptualize pornography as a material practice rather than as speech? Sidestepping the legal debates over their civil ordinance, and drawing on phenomenology of the lived body, Mason-Grant returns to the innovative core of the Dworkin-MacKinnon critique of mainstream pornography. She develops a 'practice paradigm' that captures and extends their insights, showing how the use of mass-market heterosexual pornography contributes to the cultivation of troubling forms of sexual know-how.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742512238
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 227 x 163 x 11 mm

In direct and conceptually vivid prose, Mason-Grant extradites the core of the Dworkin/McKinnon analysis of pornography from its distorting entanglement with legal issues of freedom of speech. In restoring the 'practice paradigm' Mason-Grant elaborates a compelling and disturbing phenomenological account of pornography as a lived corporeal practice of sexual know-how. For the many of us who have misconceived Dworkin and McKinnon's work, this intelligent book is a welcome and vital corrective. -- Sue Campbell, Dalhousie University
This work is a valuable contribution to political theory, because it provides not only a systematic overview and critical evaluation of the literature on identity, but also an original theorization. * Political Studies Review *
A carefully researched, elegantly written analysis of pornography as an irreducibly embodied, systemic material practice of subordination. Mason-Grant exposes the constitutive effects of sedimented mind/body, reason/emotion, and male/female dichotomies in shaping the everyday sexual politics and practices of western societies. Thoughtfully conceived and argued, innovative and resourceful in showing how pornography is no mere speech act-though it is that too-this book points toward ways of repairing a rift between practice and theory by recentering pornography debates around issues of knowledge, of (often tacit) know-how. -- Lorraine Code, York University, Toronto

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