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Feminism and Pornography
Feminism and pornography
KarenBoyle
Introduction: Feminism, Pornography, Representation

Feminist debates about pornography cut across a number of the sections in this Handbook of Feminist Theory and would be equally at home under the heading of ‘sexuality’ or ‘economy’. This speaks to the multi-disciplinarity of work in this field and to important conceptual differences and shifts in the framing of pornography as an object of feminist enquiry. To begin my discussion, then, I want to consider the implications of placing this chapter within a context of debates on representation, relating this to questions about the nature of pornography which have been central to feminist thinking. This chapter does not offer a comprehensive overview of feminist debates on pornography but, more modestly, analyses how feminists (primarily, Anglo-American ...

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