AIDS, pornography and the condom

Nicole Vitellone

in Object Matters

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780719075681
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700877 | DOI:
AIDS, pornography and the condom

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This chapter considers the impact of social and cultural theory in the context of AIDS, and does so in relation to theories of pornography from the 1980s and 1990s. Addressing accounts of eroticised images of safer sex, it argues that while there is much debate as to the effects of cultural representations and their relationship to identity construction, many cultural commentators share a number of theoretical assumptions regarding the body, gender and sexuality post-AIDS. This commonality concerns an assumption that the visual field, particularly vis-à-vis eroticised images of safer sex, works to break down and/or transgress a stable heterosexual masculine identity, to the extent that, for many social and cultural theorists, such images have been assumed to incite a crisis of the male body and a crisis of heterosexual masculinity.

Keywords: AIDS; pornography; safer sex; body; gender; sexuality; heterosexual masculinity

Chapter.  6438 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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