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Beyond SpeechPornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy$
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Mari Mikkola

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190257910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257910.001.0001

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Falling in Lust

Falling in Lust

Sexiness, Feminism, and Pornography

(p.199) Chapter 10 Falling in Lust
Beyond Speech

Hans Maes

Oxford University Press

In a current trend that is both common and worrisome, women are expected to conform to the standards of sexiness and attractiveness as projected in the media, entertainment industry, and advertising. What is wrong with this state of affairs? What can be done about it? In a recent essay Sheila Lintott and Sherri Irvin take up this issue and make an elaborate case for what they call a “feminist reclamation” of sexiness. This chapter investigates the aesthetics of sexiness: it investigates the merits and shortcomings of Lintott and Irvin’s proposal, presents an alternative account, and considers how pornography may be part of the problem but also part of the solution.

Keywords:   sexiness, pornography, feminism, attractiveness, media, aesthetics

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