Domination and subordination. Rethinnking the anti-pornography paradigm

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2014-06-30
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Within feminist theory, battles over pornography have been going on for thirty years now. In this thesis the anti-pornography paradigm will be rethought to investigate how relevant it still is. To this end, two philosophical beliefs on sexuality, gender, and pornography will be confronted with one other. According to anti-pornography feminists, because of pornography and the eroticization of dominance and subordination, women are denied the status of full partners in social interaction. The view from anti-pornography feminists will be confronted with a queer theoretical account. While anti-pornography feminists re-impose the social laws that they analyze, queer theorists try to destabilize the heterosexual hegemonic discourse, by refusing to derive gender from sexuality, and by denying the authenticity of privileged gender norms. Additionally, because of modern technology the meaning of pornography as a cultural object is changing rapidly, which makes it harder and harder to characterize pornography as essentially misogynistic.
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Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen