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Pornography and Silence: Culture's Revenge Against Nature

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A profound analysis of how pornography impacts on the relationship between men and women. Maintaining that sado-masochism has become endemic to our society, Griffin considers pornography as a crucial expression of modern culture and surveys the plots and images of pornographic books, movies, and magazines. "A serious effort to apply feminist insights to sexual psychology." ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published April 28th 1982 by HarperCollins (first published 1981)
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Sep 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Ryan Mishap
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism, philosophy
Susan Griffin should be a household name because of her sheer brilliance, complex and holistic analysis, and poetic writing style that still conveys solid information.

This is a must for everyone to understand our patriarchal culture.
Jul 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: men and people who have contact with men or former men
Shelves: nonfiction
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
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Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this for a Psychology of Sexuality course and found it an amazing look at the way culture perverts itself to be a destructor of nature and life itself.
I have read this one over and over. Full of thought-provoking reframings of the role of pornography in our society.
Ryan Mishap
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
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. ...more
Cornerstone feminist theory
Surprisingly accessible and ultimately empowering
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was a encyclopedia of amazing artists and writers of whom I had to look up and am now enjoying their works such as Marquis De Sade, Kate Chopin and Franz Marc so I thank this book for that. The first 70 pages were also very enjoyable to read however it's to feministic for me personally, I understand this book revolves around that on purpose but at the end it feels the author is running out of points and has to keep using to death the same words, references and ideas . It was a bore to ...more
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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 ...more

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