The implications of pornification

Pornography, the mainstream and false equivalences

Authored by: Karen Boyle

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472483515
eBook ISBN: 9781315612997
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This chapter is concerned with how contemporary understandings of pornography and pornification limit the possibility and legitimacy of feminist critique. This comes from a long-standing frustration that some feminist disagreement about pornography derives from scholars working with different objects as pornography (Boyle 2000), and a newer frustration with the implications of ‘pornification’ discourse, in particular the way in which it renders pornography synonymous with ‘sex’ (Boyle 2014a, Tyler and Quek 2016).

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