Provides an incisive account of women’s porn and queer porn of the 1980s and 1990s.
Explicit Utopias explores a problem that has long haunted feminist, lesbian, and queer critics: the obstacles to imagining women's desire and sexual agency. Pornography is one arena in which women have actively sought to imaginatively overcome this problem, yet pornography has also been an object of passionate feminist contention. Revisiting the feminist sex wars of the 1980s, Amalia Ziv offers a comprehensive and thoughtful reassessment of the arguments and concerns of both camps, tying these early debates to the contemporary surge of concern over the pornification of culture. She also sets out to rectify the lack of critical attention to marginal sexual representations by examining the feminist, queer, and psychoanalytic literature on several key issues, including fantasy, the phallus, identification, and gender performativity.
Amalia Ziv is Lecturer in Gender Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
"Presenting a new take on decades' old research, the book … forges new ground by rigorously examining pornography in text format … a refreshing addition to the literature. " — Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Book Reviews
". ..a welcome investigation into the possible value of alternative sexual representations for women and feminism. " — hypatia