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

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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)

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.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8559
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2008.08.007
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2008.08.007
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID19633, ResPubID22536. feminism, Passionate Marriage, intimacy, relationships, pornographic, pornography, gender inequality, sexology, sexuality, sexual practices, sexual growth
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