Latex and Lingerie: Shopping for Pleasure at Ann Summers Parties

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Juli 2003




List of Figures


1 Introducing Ann Summers
The Ann Summers Party Plan
Ann Summers @ a typical party plan?
Researching Ann Summers
Liquorice allsorts
'The No 1 Fun Company'

Personality, skill and emotional labour

'Young mums'

Ann Summers as post-feminist fun

Hidden depths

About this book

2 'The Ultimate Girls' Night In'
Conceptualising Homosociality

Male homosociality

Female homosociality
Ann Summers and Female Homosociality

Helping women to serve the interests of men

Being one of the girls

Summary and Conclusion

3 Objects of Desire
Ann Summers Parties for Men?
She Likes Men

Feeling sexy

Men in uniform @ 'hello boys!'
'All that's Missing in the Man!'

The penis and the phallus

Pass my penis

Feel it, believe it!
Summary and Conclusion

4 Feminine Bodies, Feminine Pleasures
The Heterosexual Female Erogenous Body at Ann Summers Parties
Technique and interior zones
Technique and exterior zones
Erogenous functions
The Female Homosocial Body at Ann Summers Parties
The homosocial body's oral pleasures
The homosocial body's vocal pleasures
The homosocial body's tactile pleasures
The homosocial body's visual pleasures
Summary and Conclusion

5 Classy Lingerie
Peeling the Lemon
Homosocial Underwear

The girls go shopping



Summary and Conclusion

6 Conclusion




'This is a fascinating book, almost impossible to put down. It explores how the contemporary contradiction generated by post-feminist rhetoric is both produced and partially resolved through the marketing and practice of Ann Summers parties. These parties play with the dynamic of useless men and liberated women, offering sex toys as the solution to the power gap; they promote hegemonic masculinity as inevitable whilst ridiculing it at the same time. This book shows that sex toys are symbolically central to current power formations in gender and class relations. I can guarantee that you will learn a lot from this book.'Professor Beverley Skeggs, Department of Sociology, University of Manchester'Meticulously researched, and written with great verve and style, Latex and Lingerie makes a major contribution to our understanding of heterosexual femininities. It shows how being 'one of the girls' is constructed around manifold exclusions of class, sexuality, 'race' and ethnici
EAN: 9781859736982
ISBN: 185973698X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2003
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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