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The Aesthetics of Degradation

Authors: West, Adrian Nathan
Publisher: Watkins Media
BISAC/Subject: SOC010000, SOC052000, SOC034000
ISBN: 9781910924198, Related ISBNs: 1910924180, 1910924199, 9781910924181, 9781910924198
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 288,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Pornography keeps getting more extreme. Manufacturers, defenders and consumers of porn rely on a mix of wilful ignorance and bad faith to avoid serious discussion. When we do talk about violence against women in the porn world, the debate all too often becomes technical, complicated by legalities and outrage.

But what are the moral and psychological consequences of the mercantilization of abuse?

In this studied and ruthless examination of the place of pornography in contemporary life, translator and critic Adrian Nathan West treads dangerous literary and social ground, transcending cliches about free expression and the demands of the market to look at the moral discomfort of violent pornography from the perspective of the viewer.

Collapsing distinctions between novel, memoir, and essay, this book will not make for light reading. But at its core is an extraordinarily brave and honest concern for the women and men who have been hurt in the name of sexual gratification.
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