Title

Performativity and Pornography: Possibilities for Feminist Porn Futures

Presenter

Katie Steen

Abstract

In a world of ever-increasing access to and diversity of pornography, I analyze the specific moment of female orgasm in porn through comparative visual analysis of film clips representing both feminist and mainstream heterosexual pornography. My analysis is positioned within a framework of the privileging of heterosexuality, the imperative of orgasm, and the pressure that post- feminist discourse places on women to experience a certain form of sexual subjectivity. I am interested in theorizing possible ways in which individual viewers are impacted, especially in understanding their own gender identities, by the pornography that they consume, and how these impacts may be mediated by the creation of feminist pornography and other alternative pornographic narratives.

Faculty Sponsor

Melissa Wilcox

Sponsor Department/Programs

Gender Studies

Tracks

Women's Voices

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Location

Reid G02

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Performativity and Pornography: Possibilities for Feminist Porn Futures

Reid G02

In a world of ever-increasing access to and diversity of pornography, I analyze the specific moment of female orgasm in porn through comparative visual analysis of film clips representing both feminist and mainstream heterosexual pornography. My analysis is positioned within a framework of the privileging of heterosexuality, the imperative of orgasm, and the pressure that post- feminist discourse places on women to experience a certain form of sexual subjectivity. I am interested in theorizing possible ways in which individual viewers are impacted, especially in understanding their own gender identities, by the pornography that they consume, and how these impacts may be mediated by the creation of feminist pornography and other alternative pornographic narratives.

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