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March 5, 2018 Alternative Pornographies Examining Perspectives on Porn . As we noted last week, there are a variety of feminist perspectives on pornography . The anti-pornography approach makes some important assumptions about women’s sexuality and their agency . Women may like pornography, or at least certain aspects of it, either as consumers/viewers or as workers . While not exactly pornography, the erotic novel of 50 Shades illustrate the problems of these assumptions . Mainstream pornography does objectify women in a very literal sense . With few exceptions, the heterosexual woman actress is the object of the desires of the heterosexual male subject (actor/viewer) . Even in the case of mainstream lesbian (or more accurately, girl on girl) pornography, the women are much more the objects of the male viewers desire than of the other woman’s desire . Mainstream pornography is made by men for men. Women exist in this world to fulfill male desires. Perspectives on Porn . Sex positive feminism . This approach suggests that women have their own sexual desires and that sex – even porn (or sec work more generally) isn’t inherently bad . This approach seeks to reform porn rather than abolish it . Porn can be either destructive or positive for the workers and viewers alike. Developing narratives that challenge male dominance can be done within the porn industry (and through the production and consumption of porn) . The ‘subject’ need not be heterosexual male Another Perspective – Lipstick Feminism . Suggests that male desire actually empowers women . That the women have, their bodies and their sex, puts them in a position of power in relation to the

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