Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America

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Duke University Press, 1996 - History - 226 pages
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In a book that completely changes the terms of the pornography debate, Laura Kipnis challenges the position that porn perpetuates misogyny and sex crimes. First published in 1996, Bound and Gagged opens with the chilling case of Daniel DePew, a man convicted—in the first computer bulletin board entrapment case—of conspiring to make a snuff film and sentenced to thirty-three years in prison for merely trading kinky fantasies with two undercover cops.
Using this textbook example of social hysteria as a springboard, Kipnis argues that criminalizing fantasy—even perverse and unacceptable fantasy—has dire social consequences. Exploring the entire spectrum of pornography, she declares that porn isn't just about gender and that fantasy doesn't necessarily constitute intent. She reveals Larry Flynt's Hustler to be one of the most politically outspoken and class-antagonistic magazine in the country and shows how fetishes such as fat admiration challenge our aesthetic prejudices and socially sanctioned disgust. Kipnis demonstrates that the porn industry—whose multibillion-dollar annual revenues rival those of the three major television networks combined—know precisely how to tap into our culture's deepest anxieties and desires, and that this knowledge, more than all the naked bodies, is what guarantees its vast popularity.
Bound and Gagged challenges our most basic assumptions about America's relationship with pornography and questions what the calls to eliminate it are really attempting to protect.
  

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Review: Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America

User Review  - Aketzle - Goodreads

There's definitely some interesting stuff in here, but it's not as fascinating as I expected. There were times I was downright bored, and I certainly didn't expect that reading a book about pornography. Read full review

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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Though it seems like many authors and academics are critically focusing on pornography nowadays, Laura Kipnis' work is one of the most interesting and influential: Rather than look at media ... Read full review

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Contents

Fantasy in America The United States v Daniel Thomas DePew
3
Clothes Make the Man
64
Life in the Fat Lane
93
Disgust and Desire Hustler Magazine
122
How to Look at Pornography
161
Notes
207
Acknowledgments
225
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About the author (1996)

Laura Kipnis is Professor of Radio-TV-Film at Northwestern University. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts for filmmaking and media criticism. She is the author of Ecstasy Unlimited: On Sex, Capital, Gender, and Aesthetics.

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