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'But What About Feminist Porn?' Examining the Work of Tristan Taormino
Sexualization, Media, and Society
  • Rebecca Whisnant, University of Dayton
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-1-2016
Abstract
This article examines the work of Tristan Taormino, a prominent self-described feminist pornographer, in order to illustrate themes and commitments common among those who produce, perform in, and/or support feminist pornography. I argue that her work is burdened by thin and limited conceptions of feminism, authenticity, and sexual ethics, as well as by the profit-based exigencies of producing “feminist porn” within the mainstream pornography industry. I conclude that, if indeed feminist pornography is possible, Taormino’s work falls far short of the mark. Public Health Significance Statement: This study suggests that Taormino’s pornographic films are unlikely to have salutary effects on the sexual and relational lives of their consumers.
Inclusive pages
1-12
ISBN/ISSN
2374-6238
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Publisher
Sage Publications
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Rebecca Whisnant. "'But What About Feminist Porn?' Examining the Work of Tristan Taormino" Sexualization, Media, and Society Vol. 2 Iss. 2 (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rebecca-whisnant/5/