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Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 75–94 | Cite as

Women’s porn sites—Spaces of fissure and eruption or “I’m a little bit of everything”

  • Dànielle DeVoss
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Abstract

The historically significant but superficial divide between public and private spaces and identities has shaped women’s lives, subjectivities, and sexualities. In this article, I analyze women’s self-sponsored and self-published porn sites. Specifically, I focus on sites that demonstrate complex articulations of identity and subjectivity—sites that can be read as identity projects that appropriate cultural expectations of sexuality.

To foreground this analysis, I first explore past work analyzing the public/private dichotomy and suggest that computers and virtual spaces are used to reinforce the flimsy separation between public and private. Using these discussions as scaffolding, I then read a selection of women’s porn sites, arguing that these women Web authors are inserting their embodied subjectivities into public space, and forcing a remapping of the lines of the public and private in ways that rupture public representations of sexuality.

Keywords

Public Space Virtual Space Private Space Sexual Content Public Realm 
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  • Dànielle DeVoss
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  1. 1.Department of American Thought and LanguageMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing

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