By J. Gwynne
This booklet analyses the effect of postfeminist discourse and the mainstreaming of pornography on our realizing of intimacy and feminine sexuality. it's a wide serious survey of a up to date publishing phenomenon – the female-authored erotic memoir – and positions the texts lower than research as advanced and contradictory expressions of renowned feminism.
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Townsend, Sleeping Around, 59. Portnoy, The Butcher, 68. Townsend, Sleeping Around, 85. Ibid. Lee, Girl with a One Track Mind, 12. Portnoy, The Butcher, 69. , 23. , 93. , 69. , “Pressured Pleasure”, 252. Portnoy, The Butcher, 42. Lee, Girl with a One Track Mind, 165. Ibid. Walter, The New Feminism, 120. 1057/9781137326546 36 Erotic Memoirs and Postfeminism Previously Pat, now Patrick Califia after undergoing gender reassignment. Pat Califia, “Feminism and Sadomasochism” in Feminism and Sexuality: A Reader, eds Stevi Jackson and Sue Scott (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1996), 232.
Most significantly, despite the absence of pleasure in the huge number of sexual encounters described in recent memoirs, male power remains constitutionally eroticised and wholly unchallenged. The memoirs of Lee, Portnoy and Townsend testify to significant changes in female sexual expression, yet in order to determine just how “progressive” these texts are it is essential to turn our attention to their conclusions. Portnoy’s text ends with the narrator beginning a relationship with a man who entirely controls their sexual encounters: “I felt a bit like a human blow-up sex doll, passively doing as I was told.
They have sought to decentre penetration, to reconceptualise it in ways which do not position women as passive objects, and to change the manner in which women engage in sex with men. 113 They have challenged the lack of a positive model of female sexuality, and argued that women must critically reflect on their sexual experiences in order to gain control of their responses to men. By questioning monogamy and supporting sexual freedom, writers associated with the women’s movement in the 1960s and 1970s undoubtedly created a positive shift in the way that women perceived their sexuality, allowing women to discuss physical realities and lay claim to their own desires and pleasure.
Erotic Memoirs and Postfeminism: The Politics of Pleasure by J. Gwynne