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Pornography in the service of lesbians: The case of Wicked Women and Slit magazines

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Abstract:

This article analyses the Australian lesbian sex magazines, Wicked Women (1988–1996) and Slit (2002–) to examine the nature and shape of Australian lesbian pornography magazines, and hence to explore the ways in which these publications put pornography in the service of lesbians. I outline the conditions of these magazines’ emergence, and then discuss the representational strategies of each, including imagery, layout, tropes and narratives. These magazines, and their changing modes of making lesbian porn, show the development of a lesbian porn aesthetic. Further, they offer a unique sight of the discursive construction of lesbian identities and communities across more than three decades, and reveal another facet of the troubled relationship between feminism and lesbians.

Keywords: Australian lesbians; lesbian culture; lesbian porn aesthetics; lesbian pornography; sex magazines

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ajpc.2.2.159_1

Affiliations: The University of Queensland

Publication date: 2013-06-01

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  • The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the scholarly understanding of everyday cultures. It is concerned with the study of the social practices and the cultural meanings that are produced and are circulated through the processes and practices of everyday life. As a product of consumption, an intellectual object of inquiry, and as an integral component of the dynamic forces that shape societies. The journal will be receptive to articles which focus on Australasian examples, or broader comparative and theoretical questions viewed through an Australasian lens.
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