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A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography

Mireille Miller-Young


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ISBN: 9780822358282
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Based on extensive archival and ethnographic research on dozens of women who have worked in adult entertainment since the 1980s, A Taste for Brown Sugar boldly takes on representations of black women's sexuality in the porn industry.
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ISBN: 9780822358282
ANNOTATION:
Based on extensive archival and ethnographic research on dozens of women who have worked in adult entertainment since the 1980s, A Taste for Brown Sugar boldly takes on representations of black women's sexuality in the porn industry.

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Based on extensive archival and ethnographic research on dozens of women who have worked in adult entertainment since the 1980s, A Taste for Brown Sugar boldly takes on representations of black women's sexuality in the porn industry.

Publisher Description

A Taste for Brown Sugar boldly takes on representations of black women's sexuality in the porn industry. It is based on Mireille Miller-Young's extensive archival research and her interviews with dozens of women who have worked in the adult entertainment industry since the 1980s. The women share their thoughts about desire and eroticism, black women's sexuality and representation, and ambition and the need to make ends meet. Miller-Young documents their interventions into the complicated history of black women's sexuality, looking at individual choices, however small-a costume, a gesture, an improvised line-as small acts of resistance, of what she calls "illicit eroticism." Building on the work of other black feminist theorists, and contributing to the field of sex work studies, she seeks to expand discussion of black women's sexuality to include their eroticism and desires, as well as their participation and representation in the adult entertainment industry. Miller-Young wants the voices of black women sex workers heard, and the decisions they make, albeit often within material and industrial constraints, recognized as their own.

Author Biography

Mireille Miller-Young is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a coeditor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure.

Table of Contents

Preface. Confessions of a Black Feminist Academic Photographer vii

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction. Brown Sugar: Theorizing Black Women's Sexual Labor in Photography 1

  1. Sepia Sex Scenes: Spectacles of Difference in Race Porn 23

  2. Sexy Soul Sisters: Black Women in the Golden Era 66

  3. Black Chicks: Marketing Black Women in the Video Era 104

  4. Ho Theory: Black Female Sexuality at the Convergence of Hip Hop and Pornography 142

  5. (Black) Porn Star: Aspirations and Realities in Porn Work 180

  6. Behind the Scenes: Confronting Disempowerment and Creating Change in Black Women's Porn Work 226

Epilogue. Behind the Camera: Black Women's Illicit Erotic Interventions 263

Notes 283

Bibliography 315

Index 355

Review

"A Taste for Brown Sugar is a game changer, a courageous and bold book that shifts the discourse on the contested history of race and porn. Mireille Miller-Young's rigorous historical and ethnographic research disrupts the 'good versus bad' binary that has dogged debates about pornography for decades." "A Taste for Brown Sugar is a thorough and compelling look at a subject steeped in society's anxiety and imagination: black women in pornography. Mireille Miller-Young dives head first into a thorny topic with clear, nuanced thinking. This book tackles complicated issues of race, sex work, feminism, pleasure, and representation in a rigorous, thoughtful way. Finally: scholarship that centers black women's labor and ideas in both academia and the sex industries and gives crucial voice to underrepresented workers and feminist thinkers. Miller-Young's approach is intersectional, engaging, and, above all, accessible to scholars and a general readers alike. This book will enrage you, enlighten you, and make you rethink everything you know about race and sex."

Product Details

Author
Mireille Miller-Young
Short Title
TASTE FOR BROWN SUGAR
Pages
392
Publisher
Duke University Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
082235828X
ISBN-13
9780822358282
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2014-12-08
Year
2014
Subtitle
Black Women in Pornography
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
40 color illustrations