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Sex self-help books: hot secrets for great sex or promoting the sex of prostitution?

Tyler, Meagan (2008) Sex self-help books: hot secrets for great sex or promoting the sex of prostitution? Women's Studies International Forum, 31 (5). pp. 363-372. ISSN 0277-5395 (print) 1879-243X (online)

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Abstract

Authors of current sex self-help literature often adopt pseudo-feminist language in their work, and frequently claim that it promotes women's interests. A number of commonly recommended sex self-help books were analysed to test this notion. A critical feminist analysis of the texts suggests that far from promoting women's pleasure and sexual empowerment, this literature promotes the (active) sexual servicing of men by women. Drawing on previous feminist work in this area, it is proposed that current sex self-help literature should therefore be understood as advocating the sex of prostitution as an ideal for women to follow in their heterosexual relationships.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19633, ResPubID22536. feminism, Passionate Marriage, intimacy, relationships, pornographic, pornography, gender inequality, sexology, sexuality, sexual practices, sexual growth
Subjects: FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 00:50
Last Modified: 25 May 2012 05:03
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8559
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2008.08.007
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