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Mediated Sex: Pornography and Postmodern Culture (1996) - Brian McNair
Mediated Sex: Pornography and Postmodern Culture (1996) - Brian McNair [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Mediated sex is about the proliferation of sexual discourse in all its variants, from pornography as narrowly defined to the "s/m chic" of advertising and the art of Jeff Koons and Madonna. It examines the place of these representations in late-20th century, post-HIV and AIDS culture, and in the context of the history of sexual representation from Greek antiquity onward. With extensive reference to examples drawn from the US and the UK, Mediated Sex attempts to make sense of and assess the many contradictory and conflicting claims made about the impact of sexual representation on individuals and societies.
Striptease Culture: Sex, Media and the Democratisation of Desire (2002) - Brian McNair
Striptease Culture: Sex, Media and the Democratisation of Desire (2002) - Brian McNair [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
From Library Journal
A British academic and a journalist, McNair is optimistic about the increasing sexualization of culture and the media. Going forward from his Mediated Sex, he reports that the presentation of diverse kinds of sex in the media is a "barometer and a catalyst" for democracy in capitalist cultures because it makes the society open to many realities. McNair uses (but does not limit himself to) the usual examples of gender-bending in society, films, television, magazines, art, and the "pornosphere," both British and American. Among his subjects are Stonewall, Monica Lewinsky, Robert Mapplethorpe, Deep Throat, Sex in the City, The Full Monty, Sade, and Brett Easton Ellis. Some examples are given thought-provoking historical analysis, while others are just mentioned. Part of his analysis shows how advanced capitalist countries arrived at this point. Another strand looks at "striptease culture," where ordinary people bare themselves physically or emotionally on the Internet or on confessional or reality television. All of these things make capitalism and the social order more inclusive and thus more stable, argues McNair. This is a provocative thesis, intelligently argued. Suitable for media studies, gender studies, popular culture, academic, and large public library collections. J. Dunham, John Jay Coll., CUNY --Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This book explores the increasing 'sexualisation' of contemporary life, considering the impact on mass culture and relating it to wider changes in post-war society.
About the author
His books include Mediated Sex (1996), The Sociology of Journalism (1998) and Journalism and Democracy (Routledge, 2000). ...
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