24th out of 30 books — 8 voters
Pornography and Silence
Pornography and Silence
A profound analysis of how pornography impacts on the relationship between men and women. "A serious effort to apply feminist insights to sexual psychology."--Ellis Willis, New York Times Book Review
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 28th 1982 by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published 1981)
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Jul 06, 2008 Lee rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: men and people who have contact with men or former men
This book has dated less well than Susan Griffin's most visionary books (in my mind): A Chorus of Stones, Woman and Nature, and The Eros of Everyday Life. Pornography and Silence is a brilliant investigation into the dead end of masculine longing and inability that gives rise to the fetishization of objectified, disconnected sexual experience, and makes it possible to experience images of women's degradation and exploitation as pleasurable. The trouble is that it's entirely a product of the seco...more
This book changed the way I look at the world back in 1982 I wanted to read it again. That part of me who was offended then has become insufferably tolerant again of the fact that men denigrate women on a daily basis. If we believe in the ideas presented in this book, we cannot allow pornography to flourish as it does in the United States of America! Stories of computers which bog down and crash completely because businessmen are seen as funny, not shameful. Where have we gone wrong as a society...more
She describes well the mind-set that seeks to posess the objective body protrail and capture identification with vulnerability present from childhood without being vulnerable and can never find it. Silence about the human experience of vulnerability drives the engine of pronography for women as well as men.
Amazing book exploring the split between culture and nature (often depicted as wimmin) and how pornography perpetuates this split at the exppense of women and people's ability to be whole beings. I would call this book essential reading.
Susan Griffin is an award winning poet, writer, essayist and playwright who has written nineteen books, including A Chorus of Stones, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Named by Utne reader as one of the top hundred visionaries of the new millenium, she is the recipient of an Emmy for her play Voices, an NEA grant and a MacArthur Grant for Peace and Inter...moreMore about Susan Griffin...