One for the Girls!

The Pleasures and Practices of Reading Women's Porn

Clarissa Smith

Clarissa Smith

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

263 pages | 15 halftones | 6-3/4 x 9 | © 2007
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9781841501642 Published March 2007

We usually think of women as the victims of pornography rather than its consumers. Whether appearing in films, peering provocatively from the pages of magazines, or posing on explicit Web-sites, women are considered the dehumanized objects of unseen lascivious male viewers. But in her controversial new book One for the Girls!, Clarissa Smith debunks this myth and challenges women to read, watch, and enjoy pornography on their own terms. Focusing on the British magazine For Women, Smith looks at its readers’ responses to male pinups and erotica and explores the intricacies of women’s unique reactions to pornography.

 

“Clarissa Smith has achieved something special with her new proffering from her masculinities repertoire. Smith’s text is groundbreaking, multidisciplinary and—equally importantly—extremely readable. It is the last point perhaps that really sets this work apart, as One for the Girls has a great deal to offer both the specialist academic and the general reader. Clarissa Smith’s accessible style allows readers with little prior knowledge of critical theory, cultural studies or the 1980s pornography debate, to not only understand these discourses, but to develop a strong grasp of their impact in this context.”—Michelle Parsons, Transition Tradition
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Parsons | Transition Tradition

“Clarissa Smith has achieved something special with her new proffering from her masculinities repertoire. Smith’s text is groundbreaking, multidisciplinary and—equally importantly—extremely readable. It is the last point perhaps that really sets this work apart, as One for the Girls has a great deal to offer both the specialist academic and the general

reader. Clarissa Smith’s accessible style allows readers with little prior knowledge of critical theory, cultural studies or the 1980s pornography debate, to not only understand these discourses, but to develop a strong

grasp of their impact in this context.”

Emily Toth | Women's Review of Book
"A thorough study of woman's ambivalence toward visual pronography."
Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
1.   Approaches to Pornography
2.   Sex Sells
3.   What Turns Women On?
4.   Creating a Woman's World of Sex
5.   Women, Sex and the Possibilities of Pleasure
6.   Raunchy Nude Photosets
7.   Emotional Vibrations and Physical Sensations: For Women's Fiction
 
Conclusion
 
Bibliography
Appendix 1: Researching Women Readers
Appendix 2: Questionnaire - For Women Magazine
 
Index
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