By Laura Kipnis
Using this textbook instance of social hysteria as a springboard, Kipnis argues that criminalizing fantasy—even perverse and unacceptable fantasy—has dire social results. Exploring the full spectrum of pornography, she proclaims that porn isn’t on the subject of gender and that myth doesn’t unavoidably represent reason. She unearths Larry Flynt’s Hustler to be some of the most politically outspoken and class-antagonistic journal within the kingdom and indicates how fetishes corresponding to fats admiration problem our aesthetic prejudices and socially sanctioned disgust. Kipnis demonstrates that the porn industry—whose multibillion-dollar annual sales rival these of the 3 significant tv networks combined—know accurately the way to faucet into our culture’s private anxieties and wishes, and that this information, greater than the entire bare our bodies, is what promises its mammoth popularity.
Bound and Gagged demanding situations our most elementary assumptions approximately America’s courting with pornography and questions what the calls to dispose of it are fairly trying to protect.
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Bound and gagged : pornography and the politics of fantasy in America by Laura Kipnis