Contesting the pornosphere: feminist and theoretical responses to the mainstreaming of pornography

Wilson, Megan (2016) Contesting the pornosphere: feminist and theoretical responses to the mainstreaming of pornography. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Pornography has infiltrated mainstream culture and in turn has sexualised society. This dissertation explores the effects that this is having on people’s lives with a particular focus on women. Pornography can be contextualised through historic exploration, which offers reasons as to why the pornosphere has been able to expand. The influence of pornography within contemporary society is then outlined; giving examples of popular culture such as the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon that demonstrates the prevalence of sexual representations within the mainstream. The final part of the analysis suggests negative effects that the hyper-sexualised culture is having, from an increase in hook-up culture to sexually orientated murders. Using feminist responses throughout this discussion it is debated whether pornography is harmful and demeaning for women or whether it is an empowering choice. The investigation concludes that as pornographic content becomes more extreme the harm for women will increase, which is justified through conformity to institutionalised patriarchy, disguised as an empowering choice.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 15:07
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 15:07
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22668

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