Roberts, Jude: "Girly porno comics. Contemporary US pornographic comics for women." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 6.3 (2015), S. 214–229.
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Keywords: Coover. Colleen, Fink. Jess, Gender, Pornography, Sexuality, USA
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
In the past fifteen years there has been a substantial increase in the visibility of and interest in pornography produced by and for women. Within both comics studies and porn studies, while there has been much, important and well-deserved, academic attention paid to Boy’s Love manga and some smaller amount of consideration of shõjo manga, pornographic comics by and for women produced and published within the Anglophone US market have been discussed very little so far. In this context, this article discusses the work of two contemporary American creators – Jess Fink and Colleen Coover – who produce pornographic comics for women that explore and represent women’s sexual desires and pleasures in ways they argue were lacking from previous pornographic comics. In these comics, women’s sexual desires and pleasures are presented as central to the narrative and, through the use of the specific structures of comics as both legitimate and diverse. Through the use of voyeurism and the sexual imagination as both themes and structures within their respective comics, these creators also interrogate the representation of women’s sexual desire in comics, encouraging both identification and critical analysis from their readers.
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