Social Theorist and Philosopher

feminist philosophy and the politics of the body

The Sexualised Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography

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The Sexualised Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography Performing Sexual Liberation

Editor(s): Heather Brunskell-Evans
Subject: Cultural Studies

This edited collection examines pornography as a material practice that eroticises gender inequality and sexual violence towards women. It addresses the complex relationship between pornography and medicine (in particular, sexology and psycho-therapy) whereby medicine has historically, and currently, afforded pornography considerable legitimacy and even authority. Pornography naturalises women’s submission and men’s dominance as if gendered power is rooted in biology not politics. In contrast to the populist view that medicine is objective and rational, the contributors here demonstrate that medicine has been complicit with the construction of gender difference, and in that construction the relationship with pornography is not incidental but fundamental.A range of theoretical approaches critically engages with this topic in the light, firstly, of radical feminist ideas about patriarchy and the politics of gender, and, secondly, of the rapidly changing conditions of global capitalism and digital-technologies.

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Cambridge Scholars

I am featured in June by Cambridge Scholars Publishers as one of their authors of the month in June 2018. As part of our Meet our Authors campaign, the publishers  are offering readers a 50% discount on both the hardback and paperback editions of Transgender Children and Young People: Born in Your Own Body for one month only! i.       Dr Melissa Midgen. The Tavistock …

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Round Table Discussion for the British Council study: Women, Power & Politics

I participated as Spokeswoman for FiLiA  in the Round Table Discussion for the British Council study: Women, Power & Politics: What’s changed in 100 years? 2018 will mark 100 years since The Representation of the People Act and The Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act was passed to reform the electoral system in Great Britain which for the first time extended …

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