Suggested Reading: An Annotated Bibliograp
Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography. 1986. Final Report. 2 vols. Wa
ington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice.
Known simply as the Meese Commission, this two-volume, 1,960-page report su
vised by then attorney general Edwin Meese is a collection of various documents ar
ing for the classification and subsequent censorship of various forms of ‘‘violent’’ p
nography. A joint effort between conservative moralists and radical, antipornogra
feminists, this document produced an unlikely alliance that attacked pornograph
degrading, offensive, and ultimately dangerous to women.
Bataille, Georges. 1986. Erotism: Death and Sensuality. Trans. Mary Dalwood. S
Francisco: City Lights Books.
Bataille pursues the theme of eroticism through an examination of taboos, religi
death, sacrifice, mysticism, and transgression, pointing to the fact that desire is of
predicated on transgression and that eroticism, in an effort to overcome discontinu
opens the way to death.
Benjamin, Jessica. 1988. The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and the Prob
of Domination. New York: Pantheon.
Benjamin traces the presence of the domination-submission binary in the het
sexual economy. In her analysis of the interplay between love and the two-way pro
of domination, she presents a simultaneous critique and reworking of psychoanal
through feminism and seeks to understand and explain the psychological persiste
of domination despite feminism.
Bright, Susie. 1997. Susie Bright’s Sexual State of the Union. New York: Simon a
Schuster.
In this collection of essays, Susie Bright provides personal observations and comm
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