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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 29–61.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Jennifer Moorman The seemingly paradoxical phenomenon of mainstream alt-porn belies ostensible distinctions between industrial pornography and its alternatives. These corporate iterations of alt-porn—an initially grassroots, oppositional, community-based form of adult filmmaking—tend to interweave...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 33–63.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Kevin L. Ferguson Connecting the two unlikely figures of Marilyn Monroe and Darth Vader, this article argues that air might offer a previously ignored alternative to the chthonic narratives of sexual reproduction that are especially popular in the psychoanalytic imagination. Borrowing from Luce...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 59–83.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Alexia Smit Critical accounts of plastic surgery television tend to explain women viewers' engagement with it either through comparisons to pornography and in terms of visual pleasure or by figuring the viewer as a docile, disciplined subject who reproduces the values espoused by the format...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (3 (51)): 115–147.
Published: 01 December 2002
... their usual spot on the couch and watch a music video by an alternative rock band called the Meices, providing their usual derisive com- mentary. The video, set in the interior of a convenience store, fea- tures an overweight, forty-something man cruising through the aisles, smearing food on himself...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 125–157.
Published: 01 December 2013
... to as “sadistic thoughts.” He also offers that the “Italian actor who played a woodcutter [in Mademoiselle] was very sexy.”7 On the other hand, Exhibition — a film less known in the US and alternately titled Prohibition — provocatively mixes the documentary and heterosexual pornography genres.8 Davy’s...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 161–195.
Published: 01 May 2010
... a larger push, fueled in part by technological and cultural developments, away from the highly polished and routinized representations found in traditional pornography. Video and Web technologies have significantly chal- lenged the assumption of who controls the production, distribu- tion...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 132–137.
Published: 01 December 1989
... of the female spectator in non-violent pornography, particularly as the con- struction of spectatorship in this genre seemed to fly in the face of accepted theory. I began a close analysis of various pornographic texts (1983). In this genre, the female protagonist looked...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 81–109.
Published: 01 December 2008
... the historical and contextual significance of these questions, I situate Benglis' video at the intersection of three visual histories in the US: that of early video art, seventies feminist art, and mass culture pornography. Although Benglis is primarily a sculptor, she turned increasingly to video in the early...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 144–156.
Published: 01 December 1984
...- structuralism, and psychoanalysis. But for Kuhn, this involvement is not simply the continuation of a general theoretical inquiry. A feminist perspective provides a dynamic critique and alternation of the theories of cinesemiotics it appropriates. Kuhn’s choice of the book-length (non-anthology...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 30–59.
Published: 01 December 2020
.... © 2020 by Camera Obscura 2020 ecosexuality environmental justice masturbation Pornhub pornography queer Figure 1. Pornhub s Arbor Day 2014 Celebratory Tree Counter Nature is so full of sensual delights. It s so erotic. It s so beautiful. It s so fulfilling. There s so much pleasure...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 34–51.
Published: 01 September 1996
...Bill Nichols; Gerald Peary Jennifer Montgomery at the 1995 Toronto Festival of Festivals. Photo by Karen Schmeer. Children, Art, Sex, Pornography: Jennifer Montgomery's Art for Teachers of Children Bill Nichols and Gerald Peary...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 117–151.
Published: 01 September 2017
... as well as the objec- tification of the female (but almost never the male) performers.5 Pornography and eroticism represent for Breillat two extremes of the distortion of the female body and women’s sexual experience: “ass and romance.”6 Eroticism, she says, “is a mysterious woman...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 154–165.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Institute of Chicago, where they collaborated on Chingari chumma ( Stinging Kiss , 2000)—a short video that turns a cliched Bollywood ending into a queer fairy-tale phantasy— as an experiment in post-pornography. In this conversation, the artists reflect on the beginnings of their collaboration, giving...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (1 (52)): 157–187.
Published: 01 May 2003
... away, abashed by the actions portrayed. 8MM takes pains to distinguish Welles from those who view these films for pleasure. The films seem literally to sicken Welles; he holds his head in pain, looks nauseous, and appears enervated and distraught. Watching violent pornography, espe- cially...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
... that these filmmakers exploit what I term the audience's cruel knowledge about actresses in order to position the films in relation to the other art forms associated with their actresses (ballet and pornography). Building from the premise that spectacle and excess are necessary to both celebrity and cruelty, I argue...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (1 (64)): 194–196.
Published: 01 May 2007
...Lynne Sachs Camera Obscura 2007 Lynne Sachs makes experimental and documentary films, videos, installations, and Web projects that expose the limits of verbal language by complementing it with complex emotional and visual imagery. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches alternative media...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 33–63.
Published: 01 September 2021
... seiyoku (sexual perversion), gaining the modern Japanese meaning of “perverse.” However, due to the massive global and digital export of Japanese pornography today, hentai in the Anglophone world exclusively means “animated porn” and is often used to stereotype bizarre Japanese sexual mores. 50...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 262–263.
Published: 01 May 1994
... in relationship to the pornography industry. Jackie Byars is Associate Professor of film and television studies in the Depart- ment of Communication at Wayne State University. She is the author of All That Hollywood Allows: Re-regarding Gender in 1950s Melodrama. At pres...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 95–135.
Published: 01 December 2011
...- trial relevance and illicit frisson of sexploitation would be eclipsed by the public exhibition of hard-­core feature-­length pornography in the early 1970s, since the soft-­core sell of sexploitation was deemed not enough for jaded viewers. American sexploitation films of the 1960s...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 4–19.
Published: 01 January 1992
... a woman’s feet in stirrups, her vulva exposed, the room white, sterile, and empty of other people. If, as Carole Vance suggests, the Meese Commission on Pornography constructed a “vagina surrounded by a woman Normal Delivery constructs a vagina surrounded by green drapes...