Sabbatical Talk with Dr. Scott Stewart

Sabbatical Talk with  Dr. Scott Stewart

Friday, October 27 | 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m | CS 101

“Is Feminist Porn Possible?”

Pornography has always been a contested issue within feminism and in fact formed the key component in the feminist sex wars of the 1980s and 1990s. Second wave radical feminists typically opposed pornography maintaining that it either causes harm to women or actually constitutes harm. On either of these accounts, “feminist pornography” is impossible. However, other feminists, and particularly those in the third wave, have taken a more pro-pornography position. One argument is that the answer to ‘bad’ pornography – i.e., pornography which is sexist, degrading, and dehumanizing – is the production of ‘good’ pornography – i.e., feminist pornography. This paper explores this debate and also considers what feminist pornography might look like, and how the ubiquity of internet porn and the dismantling of large porn studios in favour of smaller, and often do it yourself websites, might influence such pornography.


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