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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2014
... a director humiliates her at an audition by demanding the right to inspect her body, she begins disembodied phone sex work. Most critics of the film either emphasize the main character's growth or observe that her interiority remains unavailable to viewers despite the film's extensive use of close-ups...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... The article concludes by arguing that Born into Brothels puts to work the immaterial or affective labor of children in the production of cultural commodities as a humane and “empowering” alternative to coerced sex work. This move to mobilize the child as a new figure of economic promise indicates the vexed...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (1 (97)): 1–27.
Published: 01 May 2018
... of contemporary pornography as compensatory fantasy, the article suggests that the actions of the working-class heroes of exploitation films symbolize revenge for powerless masses of the working class and underclass. It also argues that sex films, which started out as exclusively sexist and misogynistic...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (2 (113)): 89–117.
Published: 01 September 2023
... overelaboration provides a critical avenue for focalizing labor in other areas of media history. finley.freibert@louisville.edu Copyright © 2023 by Camera Obscura Published by Duke University Press 2023 feminist production studies gay history media industry studies sex work film history...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 65–93.
Published: 01 May 2011
... to the intersections of racial and sexual authenticity for the black male body. Jimi Hendrix: The Sex Tape offers a posthumous performance of Hendrix's already contentious racial, sexual authenticity. This essay interrogates the collaboration of multiple motifs of authenticity working within Jimi Hendrix: The Sex Tape...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 45–75.
Published: 01 September 2013
... encounters that vary in gender, sexuality, and number; significantly, these works are also nonsynchronous or silent in their image-­sound relations. They are recombinant in their structure, their sex, and their sound tracks; it would seem that the footage in each of the films might have been shown...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2014
... responsibil- ity. In this scene, Alison decides to call Ben, who is hanging out with his roommates, and make a date with him (their first contact since the night they had sex) to inform him of her pregnancy. Ben’s buddies’ activities in this scene work in direct opposition to what is being set up...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 137–157.
Published: 01 December 2008
.... It represents a failed work of mourning for a lost lover of the same sex or perhaps for same-sex desire itself—a destructive relationship to a form of desire he can scarcely acknowledge. Camera Obscura 2008 David Copenhafer teaches literature and film at the University of Pennsylvania and at Bard High...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 117–151.
Published: 01 September 2017
... by Breillat's portrayal in À ma sœur! ( Fat Girl , France, 2001) and her other films of nonnormative, even taboo subjects—the depiction of childhood and adolescent sexuality, of unsimulated sex, and of statutory rape—writings on her work have focused largely on the director's public persona and the polemics...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 183–195.
Published: 01 September 2010
... work. One of your current projects, License to Pimp (2009), follows strippers dealing with illegal working conditions in San Francisco. In your first documentary, Straight for the Money (1994), you interviewed queer sex workers to find out how they negotiate working in an industry...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (3 (108)): 33–59.
Published: 01 December 2021
... actor and role seriously?” 13 Indeed, Loxoro invites us to take seriously the links between Makuti's tears and Belissa Andía's transfeminist politics. Andía would embrace the kind of transfeminism proposed by Sayak Valencia, “as a movement centered on the destigmatization of sex work...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 184–185.
Published: 01 December 2014
.... No. 87: pp. 117 – 147 Tania Modleski An Affair to Forget: Melancholia in Bromantic Comedy. No. 86: pp. 119 – 47 Claire Perkins Beyond Indiewood: The Everyday Ethics of Nicole Holofcener. No. 85: pp. 137 – 59 Anthony Reed The Only Way Out Is In: Girl 6, Sex Work...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 184–193.
Published: 01 May 2008
... work, drug use, a brutal rape, a sex change — are well documented in the film, as they are in her autobiography, Change for the Better.8 Not least of all, Georgina’s own history of per- formance — in erotic dance, gay independent cinema, TV soap opera, and theater — anchors...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 93–121.
Published: 01 May 2016
... and definitions of states and subjects, problematizing their declared impermeability. Sexual Dissidence and Video Performance A different threshold is figured in the videos exploring sex work- ers’ struggles in 1970s France. Vidéo Out’s 1975 video Les prosti- tuées de Lyon parlent  is groundbreaking...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 153–163.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of California, Santa Barbara, with a PhD in film and media studies and an emphasis in feminist studies. Their work on technology, sexuality, feminism, and film theory has appeared in Porn Studies, New Review of Film and Media Studies, Mediascape, Rated M for Mature: Sex and Sexuality in Video Games...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 33–61.
Published: 01 May 2017
... Prevention on West Africa Migratory Axes project (Preven- tion du SIDA sur les Axes Migratoires de l’Afrique de l’Ouest), which targeted truck drivers, seasonal workers, female sex work- ers, and other women who serve truckers throughout West Africa (fig. 2). 26 The campaign centered around a video...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2016
... materi- als, the maquiladoras (or maquilas) where many colonia residents are employed, the topographies of sex work, and, finally, the Ciu- dad Juárez femicides, or homicides against women.3 The way the video moves between a disembodied, authoritative foreign narra- tor and the embodied, Spanish...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 1–35.
Published: 01 September 2020
... debunk. It s a Pity You Can t See Your Entire Body Known for their complex, often campy, and always genre- defying portrayals of gender, sexuality, and desire within larger contexts of sex work, consumerism, addiction, medicine, religion, and technology, Almodóvar s films are resistant to summary...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 95–135.
Published: 01 December 2011
... texts that may today seem stilted, misguided, and con- siderably troublesome in their sexual politics. A common narra- tive trope of the sexploitation film was a sexually curious woman who entered into a broadening field of erotic consumption, be it courtship or sex work, and suffered...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 20–77.
Published: 01 January 1992
... references to men, one finds references to “promiscuous women.” Similarly, studies of AIDS in Africa may contrast “men who migrate to the cities to look for work” with “women who come to the cities to be prostitutes”-as though being a sex worker is not work. My discussion of biological identity...