Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. v

Acknowledgments

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p. vii

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Introduction: From the Profane to the Mundane

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pp. 1-31

Pornography is not often a subject linked to the mundane. Take, for example, the controversy surrounding the 1996 release of Milos Forman's film The People vs. Larry Flynt. The main players in the porn debates resurfaced...

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1. Home Sweet Pornographic Home?: Governmental Discourse and Women's Paths to Pornography

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pp. 32-68

On August 22, 1996, President Clinton signed a "welfare reform" bill that effectively eliminates the federal guarantee of cash assistance for the country's poorest children, saving the U.S. government $55 billion over six years. The bill abolished...

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2. The Mainstreaming of Masturbation?: Making Domestic Space for Women's Orgasms

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pp. 69-103

In the early 1970s Betty Dodson dedicated herself to teaching women how to liberate themselves sexually through the act of masturbation. Tired of consciousness-raising groups that "catalogued female suffering and social...

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3. Aesthetics and Access

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pp. 104-144

On February 9, 1996, an episode of the popular television show Picket Fences featured the story of twelve-year-old Zach's unfortunate escapades with cyberporn. The boy morphs the head of his teacher onto a lingerie-clad female image...

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4. The New Victorians: Lingerie in the Private Sphere

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pp. 145-166

Sexuality in Victorian England, Foucault tells us, was "carefully confined" within the home, and the home was the site of reproduction, where the "couple imposed itself as model, enforced the norm, safeguarded the truth, and reserved the right to speak while retaining the principle...

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5. Behind and Beyond the Bedroom Doors: From John Gray to Candida Royalle

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pp. 167-199

It's 10 P.M. on a Sunday night at the Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, the night before the seminar I'll attend: "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus," an offshoot of the thriving industry of "relationship guru" John Gray...

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6. Eroticizing the Television

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pp. 200-232

In the spring of 1997 cable operators across the country announced their participation in a new advertising campaign: the "Make Every TV Set a Cable TV Set" campaign. Based on a "whole-house concept," operators are aiming to wire up...

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Conclusion: Revisiting Transgression

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pp. 233-237

In the introduction I opposed the concepts of domestication and transgression, using the opposition to advance a theory of agency in relation to women, pornography, and everyday life. Domestication, I said, drawing...

Notes

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pp. 239-252

Works Cited

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pp. 253-264

Index

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pp. 265-271

About the Author

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p. 272