Democracy and Pornography: On Speech, Rights, Privacies, and Pleasures in Conflict
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2010
© by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 150–165, Winter 2011
How to Cite
GREBOWICZ, M. (2011), Democracy and Pornography: On Speech, Rights, Privacies, and Pleasures in Conflict. Hypatia, 26: 150–165. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2010.01123.x
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2010
This article investigates the intersections of secrecy/interiority, the state, and speech/expression, and their implications for the rights of women. I propose a critique of commercial pornography that reanimates MacKinnon's claim that pornography and American democracy are in a relationship of mutual reinforcement, and incorporates poststructuralist (Lyotard, Baudrillard, and Butler) commitments to secrecy and unintelligibility, as well as their role in the production of pleasure.