Hurst, Emily Suzanne (2011)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.
Natasha Walter has stated that we are, ‘growing up in a world where pornography is ubiquitous and will be part of almost everyone’s sexual experience’ (2010: 102). With reference to this view and towards widespread acknowledgement of an ever increasing female audience of pornographic texts, this thesis attempts to explore how and why heterosexual women are actively consuming heterosexual mainstream pornography in contemporary Britain (Walter, 2010; Levy, 2006; Alexander 2008). It explores how women approach the consumption of pornography in differing ways, yet still within a constricting patriarchal framework that seeks to promote a narrow yet contradictory notion of acceptable female sexuality. It further analyses the effects of capitalism, feminism, the hypersexualisation of contemporary culture and the importance placed on being ‘sexual’, as contextual influences that shape and promote the consumption of pornographic materials.
|Type of Work:||M.Phil. thesis.|
|School/Faculty:||Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences|
|Department:||School of Languages, Culture, Art History and Music|
|Subjects:||HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform|
HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Philology. Linguistics
|Institution:||University of Birmingham|
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