Spring 2016 Readings

Feminist Porn Wars

February 1, 2016: Pleasure, Pain, Porn
Nash, Jennifer C. The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. [pdf] Introduction, “Reading Race, Reading Pornography,” and Chapter 1, “Archives of Pain.” (N.b. the pdf is made from an epub so there isn’t any proper pagination.)

February 15, 2016: BorderBangers and Other Schlongings
Rodríguez, Juana María. Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings. New York: New York University Press, 2014. [pdf]
Suggested: chap. 4, “Latina Sexual Fantasies, the Remix”
Optional: “Introduction” and “The Afterglow”
See also:
Dinorah de Jésus Rodríguez’s website (for Blondes and Sex Tabú)
The BorderBangers scene with Tina Juarez (NSFW)

February 29, 2016: Scenes of Abjection
Scott, Darieck. Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination. New York: New York University Press, 2010. [pdf]
Suggested: chap. 5, “Porn and the N-Word: Lust, Samuel Delany’s The Mad Man, and a Derangement of Bodies and Sense(s)”
Optional: “Introduction: Blackness, Abjection, and Sexuality,” “Conclusion: Extravagant Abjection”

Weheliye, Alexander G. Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. [pdf]
Suggested: chap. 6, “Depravation: Pornotopes”
Optional: “Introduction: Now”; chap. 2, “Bare Life: The Flesh”

See also:
Delany, Samuel R. The Mad Man. New York: Richard Kasak, 1994. [epub]

March 21, 2016: Sexual Politics, Impolitic Sex
Vance, Carole, ed. Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984. [pdf]
Suggested:
Hortense Spillers, “Interstices: A Small Drama of Words”
Gayle Rubin, “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality”
Paula Webster, “The Forbidden: Eroticism and Taboo”
Optional:
Carole S. Vance, “Pleasure and Danger: Toward a Politics of Sexuality,” “Epilogue”
Alice Echols, “The Taming of the Id: Feminist Sexual Politics, 1963-83”
Amber Hollibaugh, “Desire for the Future: Radical Hope in Passion and Pleasure”

See also:
Halley, Ian. “Queer Theory by Men.” Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy 11 (2004): 7–52. [pdf]
Wiegman, Robyn. “Dear Ian.” Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy 11 (2004): 93–120. [pdf]

April 4, 2016: Is That Free Speech in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
Cornell, Drucilla. “Pornography’s Temptation.” In The Imaginary Domain: Abortion, Pornography, and Sexual Harassment, 95–163. New York: Routledge, 1995. [pdf]

Optional:
MacKinnon, Catharine A. “Defamation and Discrimination.” In Only Words, 3–41. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993. [pdf]

People v. Freeman (1988): CA Supreme Court case effectively legalizing the production of hardcore pornography in California. (Click on “Opinion.”)
New Hampshire v. Theriault
(2008): NH Supreme Court follows People v. Freeman.

Romano, Carlin. “Between the Motion and the Act.” The Nation, November 15, 1993, 563–70. [pdf]
Warning: Carlin Romano is a bag of dicks.

April 18, 2016: Oh My God, Becky
Miller-Young, Mireille. A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. [pdf]
Ch. 4, “Ho Theory: Black Female Sexuality at the Convergence of Hip Hop and Pornography”
Ch. 5, “(Black) Porn Star: Aspirations and Realities in Porn Work”
(Also feel free to check out the introduction; the pdf is of the whole book.)

May 2, 2016: Money Shots
Williams, Linda. “Fetishism and Hard Core: Marx, Freud, and the ‘Money Shot.’ ” In Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the ‘Frenzy of the Visible’, 93–119. [pdf]

Taormino, Tristan, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Constance Penley, and Mireille Miller-Young, eds. The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. New York: The Feminist Press, 2013. [pdf]
Tobi Hill-Meyer, “Where The Trans Women Aren’t: The Slow Inclusion of Trans Women in Feminist and Queer Porn,” 155–63.
Bobby Noble, “Knowing Dick: Penetration and the Pleasures of Feminist Porn’s Trans Men,” 303–19.