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By Helen Hester

Develops a unique characterization of the pornographic as a cultural concept.

This unique contribution to porn reviews goals to interrogate formerly untheorized adjustments in modern understandings of the pornographic. Helen Hester argues that the phrases “porn” and “pornographic” are at present being utilized to an ever-expanding variety of fabric and that this modification in language utilization displays a much wider shift in notion. She means that we're witnessing a likely paradoxical movement clear of intercourse inside of modern understandings of porn, as various different elements come to steer the idea that. utilizing examples from media, literature, and tradition, and discussing the increase of notions akin to “torture porn” and “misery porn,” Hester’s argument levels from sexually particular German novels and British coverage files to a dialogue of the transformations among ecu and American variations of pornographic movies. She concludes that 4 components in particular—transgression, depth, prurience, and authenticity—can be visible to steer the best way that we take into consideration porn

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2 Rethinking Transgression The Critical Reception of Charlotte Roche’s Wetlands Wetlands, the debut novel by Charlotte Roche, is narrated in free direct discourse by 18-year-old Helen Memel, and takes place during the protagonist’s stay in the proctology wing of the Maria Hilf Hospital. Having cut herself while “lady-shaving” (Roche, Wetlands 3), Helen is suffering from an infected anal lesion, and finds that her “swollen hemorrhoids are also pushing with all their strength against the razor wound, ripping the lesion open even farther” (4).

An analysis of these positions in relation to the notion of transgression suggests further unexpected points of crossover. Pro-sex feminism, for example, can be seen as expressing an attitude that, far from embracing The Sex Wars 27 the pornographic, is in fact resistant to its troubling force. Benjamin Noys, in his discussion of the critical response to the often sexually explicit writings of Georges Bataille, suggests, “In an age that so admires excess Bataille has become more and more accepted, even lauded as the prophet of transgression” (Georges Bataille 1).

You look it as long as you can and then it’s not disgusting anymore” (Roche to Power). In this quotation, Roche suggests that her feelings regarding the disgusting exceed the operations of mere curiosity. Her openness to that which is unsettling or taboo is described as an attempt to “overcome” feelings of discomfort. This appears similar not only to Helen’s behaviors in the novel, but also to the pro-sex redemptive strategies discussed in Chapter 1. Whilst pro-sex feminism sought to prevail over the troubling realm of contemporary pornography by ostensibly embracing and yet effectively limiting its transgressive potential, Roche celebrates the power of her writing to disconcert or to shock, and yet also articulates the idea that the endurance of the abject is a useful strategy for dealing with and surmounting disgust.

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