One for the Girls!: The Pleasures and Practices of Reading by Clarissa Smith

By Clarissa Smith

We frequently ponder 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, girls are thought of the dehumanized items of unseen lascivious male audience. yet in her debatable new ebook One for the Girls!, Clarissa Smith debunks this fable and demanding situations ladies to learn, watch, and revel in pornography all alone phrases. concentrating on the British journal For Women, Smith appears to be like at its readers’ responses to male pinups and erotica and explores the intricacies of women’s special reactions to pornography.

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“Clarissa Smith has accomplished whatever distinct 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 aspect might be that truly units this paintings aside, as One for the ladies has greatly to provide either the expert educational and the overall reader. Clarissa Smith’s available kind permits readers with little previous wisdom of severe conception, cultural experiences or the Nineteen Eighties pornography debate, not to simply comprehend those discourses, yet to increase a robust grab in their influence during this context.”—Michelle Parsons, Transition Tradition
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10. The problems inherent in the provisions of these laws and the instability of the categories ‘obscene’ and ‘indecent’ have been examined by various commentators including Carol (1994), Thompson (1994), O’Toole (1998) for the anti-censorship position and for the anti-pornography position by Dworkin & MacKinnon (1988) and Itzin (1992). All agree that the subjective terms are problematic although the anti-pornography feminists would argue that the law could be used to decide on the acceptability of certain representations using the definitions of harm.

Thus, while the focus of this book is quite narrow – on one magazine, its production, consumption and textual formation – its implications and the research paradigm I employ here could be usefully extended to other instances of pornographic representation and uses. qxd 28 7/2/07 16:50 Page 28 | ONE FOR THE GIRLS! Notes 1. ’ (1995: 102) It should be noted, however, that Playgirl did survive for at least two decades. The magazine was printed in the UK under licence from its American owners and thus never seemed to reflect the particular concerns or interests of British women.

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.

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