Girls Gone Wild! … About Books

My Twitter wife Falahime and I have chosen the book club selection for this month. (And kudos to her for coming up with our book club’s name! Hahaha!) Without further ado…
Bound & Gagged Pornography & The Politics Of Fantasy In America by Laura Kipnis COVER

  • Title: Bound & Gagged: Pornography & The Politics Of Fantasy in America
  • Author: Laura Kipnis
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Release Date: January 1999
  • Paperback, 240 pages
  • Synopsis (as quoted from Publishers Weekly): “Kipnis argues in 5 loosely connected essays that just about everyone-from the religious right to militant feminists-misunderstands and misjudges pornography, which she considers a form of fantasy that is an end in itself and not the cause of something else, such as rape. The individual essays deal with a homosexual sadomasochist who made the mistake of discussing his fantasies on the Internet with an undercover cop and was entrapped and sentenced to 33 years in prison; America’s fat phobia and how it is reflected in fat pornography; transvestite pornography, focusing on the revealing photographic self-portraits featured in drag publications; and the rise and fall of Larry Flynt and Hustler, with an emphasis on the magazine’s populist political philosophy. The disjointed concluding essay, “How to Look at Pornography,” tries, unsuccessfully, to pull all this material together, touching along the way on subjects that range from masturbation to Andrea Dworkin’s alleged misreading of pornography as a feminist issue to Jeffrey Masson’s legal battles with Janet Malcolm et al. Kipnis’s individual essays make a stronger case than does her book as a whole, but she is a lively and engaging writer who argues, often convincingly, that we would be better off simply thinking of pornography as just another form of science fiction.”

I haven’t read it yet so I’m not sure this will appeal to everyone, but it was a supplement to a sociology course I took at Mount Holyoke College so at the very least it should be interesting on an intellectual level.

No particular deadline to finish… This is going to be very experimental our first time out. Have fun!

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3 Responses to Girls Gone Wild! … About Books

  1. Al says:

    If nothing else, you managed to work “homosexual sadomasochist”,” fat pornography”, and even “Hustler” in along with “at the very least it should be interesting on an intellectual level.” Sheesh! Bill Schultz could learn a thing or two from you, MK.

  2. Al says:

    Mollie didn’t agree with me so she must be a “Schulz Nazi, ‘T’-ophobe, bitch.”

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