The pornographic body: embodiment or representation?

Ciclitira, Karen (2001) The pornographic body: embodiment or representation? Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 9 (1). ISSN 1350-472X

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Abstract

In this paper I discuss women’s accounts of how they view sexualised images of bodies in pornography and the media, and the effect this may have on their behaviour and self-image. Binary oppositions such as active/passive, aggressive/submissive, and hairy/hairless constrain both men and women. Arguably these binaries are not ‘natural’ but are culturally produced categories. Nowadays women increasingly challenge these norms by refusing to shave (‘depilate’) and by engaging in ‘masculine’ pursuits such as bodybuilding. Women challenge binaries such as heterosexual/homosexual, masculine/feminine, while both men and women engage with representations in pornography in subversive and unexpected ways.

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Psychology of Women Section Conference,

University of Dundee,

10–12 July 2000.

Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Health & Education
ID Code:3274
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