In last week's post, I made reference to both prevailing and countervailing narratives of pornography. But what, exactly, is meant by that? What are these narratives and why are they important? And how are they incorporated into Accounting for it All? Let's take these questions one-by-one, beginning with definitions: prevailing narratives: the attitudes and arguments a culture… Continue reading What do we mean by prevailing and countervailing narratives of pornography?
No, "feminist pornography" isn't an oxymoron---at least it doesn't have to be. But to answer the question of what exactly it is in a single blog post is perhaps a fool's errand; it's the centerpiece of an entire collection of essays, after all, which are bound together nicely in the righteously unapologetic The Feminist Porn Book.… Continue reading What is feminist pornography?
This Thursday, we're exploring a question many have about those who choose to work in pornography: why? Sadly, the all-too-common stereotype about those in sex work of any kind is that they're doing so because they have no other choice. Those on the outside will imagine the destitute, drug-addled, or otherwise desperate as the only… Continue reading Why the adult industry?
For most of the summer, many of the posts on this blog centered on challenging society's prevailing narratives about sex, sex work, and the adult industry. With the imminent release of Accounting for It All, however, our focus has since shifted to the novel's debut. You can imagine how my interest was piqued, then, when I… Continue reading The Evaporation of Anti-porn Politics: a Response to POLITICO
In 1964, supreme court justice Potter Stewart famously opined that he couldn't succeed in defining "hard-core pornography" before famously going on to add, "but I know it when I see it." The case in question was that of Jacobellis v. Ohio, in which the justices ultimately ruled against the state of Ohio's attempt to prohibit the screening… Continue reading What about politics and porn?