Falling in Lust: Sexiness, Feminism, and Pornography

Maes, Hans R.V. (2017) Falling in Lust: Sexiness, Feminism, and Pornography. In: Mikkola, Mari, ed. Beyond Speech: Pornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190257903. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Caffeine makes you sexy! This absurd slogan can be seen in the shop windows of a popular Brussels coffee chain – its bold pink lettering indicating how they are mainly targeting female customers. It is one of the silliest examples of something that is both very common and very worrisome nowadays, namely, the constant call on women to look ‘hot’ and conform to the standards of sexiness as they are projected in the media, entertainment industry, and advertising. But what exactly is wrong with this state of affairs and what can be done about it? In a recent essay Sheila Lintott and Sherri Irvin take up this issue and make an elaborate case for what they call a ‘feminist reclamation’ of sexiness. This chapter investigates the merits and shortcomings of their proposal, presents an alternative account, and considers how pornography may be part of the problem but also part of the solution in this matter.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > History and Philosophy of Art
Depositing User: Hans Maes
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 16:08 UTC
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 10:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56982 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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