Porn by Robert J. Stoller M.D.
Myths for the Twentieth Century

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Bill, Merlin, Happy and Kay are among the porn-film performers and producers who tell their stories to Dr. Robert J. Stoller in this psychodynamic ethnography of adult heterosexual pornography. Their accounts reveal not only the inner workings of "the Industry" and the fantasies and motivations of its participants but also the relation between this most denigrated of occupations and "normal" human erotic behaviour and attitudes. Nonjudgmental about the material he presents, Dr. Stoller nevertheless draws provocative conclusions about porn, its practitioners and its effects on society. Everyone at work on a porn production, he says, uses it as a vehicle for unloading his or her rage against something - mores, institutions, laws, parents, females or males. Accdording to Dr. Stoller, pornography does not exist only to degrade women, there is no reliable evidence that it increases the frequency of rape, and (with the exception of child porn) it does little harm. Pornography, say Dr. Stoller, seems more the result of our changing society than a cause of change; it reflects, more than influences, our values and mores.
 

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Robert J. Stoller M.D. was, until his death, Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine. His books on human sexuality include 'The Transsexual Experiment', 'Perversion: The Erotic Form of Hatred', 'Splitting: A Case of Female Masculinity', 'Porn: Myths for the Twentieth Century', 'Pain and Passion: A Psychoanalyst explores the World of S and M', 'Observing the Erotic Imagination' and 'Presentations of Gender'. Dr Stoller was a psychoanalyst but because he recognized the need to understand how biological forces contribute to the development of mental functions, he took account of the important work that had come out of the laboratories. He also emphasized the need for some psychoanalysts to include some of the findings and concepts of leading theorists if they are to understand better the origins and maintenance of the ground themes of personality, of which gender identity (masculinity and femininity) is certainly one.
 
Published July 28, 1993 by Yale University Press. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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So he digs out, for instance, Happy's erotic and financial motivations for entering porn, or Kay Parker's way of working with male stars she doesn't like--and although Stoller, in a concluding defense of film porn, doesn't deal squarely with the question of whether porn is harmful to its performe...

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Stoller's self-styled ``ethnographic'' study of heterosexual pornography consists of reprinting transcripts of his interviews with porn actresses, actors, directors and producers.

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