Escoffier, Jeffrey. “Sex, Society, and the Making of Pornography: The Pornographic Object of Knowledge”, Rutgers University Press, 2021.
The Cultural Psyche
Jeffrey Escoffier shows us that there is so much more to porn films that erotic entertainment in his new study, “Sex, Society, and the Making of Pornography: The Pornographic Object of Knowledge”. Through a combination of fantasy and filmed live sexual acts, porn indeed provides us with entertainment but we should not forget that porn films also are documentations of history. We learn about the sexual behavior and the eroticism of different historical periods. We see how the making and production of porn is a social process that is heavily influenced by fantasy, script and the participants in the action as well as by the writers, directors, and editors. Porn has, in the technological age, become a kind of archive of sexual fantasies that are a kid of sex education and self-help guides.
Escoffier covers porn’s relation to the sexual revolution, he movement from softcore to hardcore porn, the emergence of gay porn, identity through porn, porn screenplays, gay for pay, female actors in straight porn, porn stars, trans porn and porn and the technological revolution.