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Is Pornography such a bad thing?,
This review is from: The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History (Paperback)
Carter's non-fiction examination of De Sade's writing asks does pornography examine the real world of sexual relations or does it remain fixed to a timeless area outside history? This book envisages the idea of a moral pornographer who uses pornography as a critique of relations between the sexes.
Readers who enjoy Carter's fiction will see that the character of Justine who serves as a version of the perfect woman, appears and reappears in many of her works of fiction. Carter personifies De Sade's imagination into the molested and tortured woman, the celebrity victim, and Hollywood starlet.
Pornography it seems is not the enemy of women, but merely a reduction of sex to its formal elements. The arguement that pornography can be empowering is difficult to reconcile, and I am not sure I agree, but the idea is certainly thought provoking.
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