Porn - Philosophy for Everyone: How to Think With Kink
August 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Porn: Philosophy for Everyone: How to Think with Kink
Pornography is as old as rock paintings, and before our Victorian standards took hold, pornography was a legitimate cultural expression. So why is pornography considered by society as dirty, so immoral, and forbidden?
Porn—Philosophy for Everyone: How to Think with Kink beckons us with discussions on the ever-controversial topic of pornography, and opens the conversation to those who know it best—the creators and users of porn.
The essays, written by contributors from the varied fields of psychology, law, literature studies, and from the point of view of industry insiders such as Dylan Ryder and Gram Ponante (foreword), cover a wide range of sub-genres of pornography. The contributors ruminate over the voyeuristic power of the celebrity sex tape, virtual sex, S&M, homosexual porn, obscenity law, free speech, and technology's impact on the porn industry.
Schools of thought such as Applied Ethics, Feminism, and Film Studies, all come together as pornography’s companions to explore the gaps between this seemingly low form of cultural expression, and the true personality of modern human sexuality.
The contributors ask such bold questions as, “Is a porn actor’s life worse off by virtue of his or her profession?” and “Why are men more willing to accept the authenticity of ‘porn-gasms’" Porn—Philosophy for Everyone: How to Think with Kink is presented in the following sections:
Part I: Lights, Camera, Action!: Sundry Sexy Thoughts.
Part II: The Pornographic Mind: Psychology and Porn.
Part III: Between the Sheets: Porn Ethics and Personal Relationships.
Part IV: Talking Dirty: Legal Issues and Free Speech.
Part V: The Art of Dirty: Porn and Aesthetic Value.
Part VI: Porn and Technology.
Part VII: Kink: Alternative Porn and BDSM.