Designed for Pleasure: Style, Indulgence and Accessorized Sex European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2007, Volume 10. Number 2, pp.167-184.

Smith, Clarissa Designed for Pleasure: Style, Indulgence and Accessorized Sex European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2007, Volume 10. Number 2, pp.167-184. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 10 (2). pp. 167-184. ISSN 1367-5494

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Abstract

This article examines sex retailing in the UK and advancements in sex toy design in order to explore the part that these products play in discourses of female sexual self-discovery. As british culture appears increasingly transfixed by sex and sexual advanture, the proliferation of sex toys could be explained as just another instance of its relaxed attitudes. The existence of specialist erotic boutiques for women indicates a shift in perceptions of women's sexuality, although the focus on 'acceptance' of sexual practices ignores the ways in which women's consumption of sexual artefacts is dependent upon the intersections of gender and class identities and the construction of a particular form of hedonistic femininity. This article explores the ways in which High Street sex retailing engages with feminism and questions of identity and taste.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Design > Fashion
Media > Media and Cultural Studies
Design > Product Design
Social Sciences > Sociology
Design
Divisions: Creative and Cultural Practices Beacon > Media and Cultural Studies Workstream
Faculty of Arts Design and Media > Department of Media
Depositing User: Clarissa Smith
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 16:16
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 18:37
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/6093

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