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208 × 156 mm
256 pages
99 illustrations, 70 in colour
15 Jun 2020
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The People’s Porn A History of Handmade Pornography in America Lisa Z. Sigel

The People’s Porn is the first history of American handmade and homemade pornography, which offers the back story to the explosion of amateur pornography on the Internet. In doing so, it is a much-needed counterweight to the ahistorical and ideological arguments that dominate most discussions about pornography. Critics focus on mass-produced materials and make claims about pornography as plasticized or commodified. In contrast, this book looks at what people made rather than what they bought, revealing how people thought about sexuality for themselves. Whalers and craftsmen, prisoners and activists, African Americans and feminists, all made their own pornography. The People’s Porn challenges preconceptions as it tells a new and fascinating story about American sexual history.

Lisa Z. Sigel is Professor of History at DePaul University. Her previous books include Governing Pleasures, International Exposure (2002), and Making Modern Love (2012).

Introduction: Alternative Sources for American Sexual History

1 Carving Out a Vernacular Sexuality, 1830–1930
2 Adapting Commercial Culture into Handmade
Objects, 1910–1970
3 Men and Time: Prison Pornography, 1940–1970
4 The Postwar World and the Making of a People’s Pornography, 1940–1970
5 Marketing Authenticity, 1970 Onwards

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Photo Acknowledgments