I confess! : constructing the sexual self in internet age / edited by Thomas Waugh and Brandon Arroyo.

  • Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2019]
  • ©2019
1 online resource (625 pages)


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In the postwar decades, sexual revolutions - first women's suffrage, flappers, Prohibition, and Mae West; later Alfred Kinsey, Hugh Hefner, and the pill - altered the lifestyles and desires of generations. Since the 1990s, the internet and its cataclysmic cultural and social technological shifts have unleashed a third sexual revolution, crystallized in the acts and rituals of confession that are a staple of our twenty-first-century lives. In I Confess!, a collection of thirty original essays, leading international scholars such as Ken Plummer, Susanna Paasonen, Tom Roach, and Shohini Ghosh explore the ideas of confession and sexuality in moving image arts and media, mostly in the Global North, over the last quarter century. Through self-referencing or autobiographical stories, testimonies, and performances, and through rigorously scrutinized case studies of "gay for pay," gaming, camming, YouTube uploads, and the films Tarnation and Nymph()maniac, the contributors describe a spectrum of identities, desires, and related representational practices. Together these desires and practices shape how we see, construct, and live our identities within this third sexual revolution, embodying both its ominous implications of surveillance and control and its utopian glimmers of community and liberation. Inspired by theorists from Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze to Gayle Rubin and José Esteban Muñoz, I Confess! reflects an extraordinary, paradigm-shifting proliferation of first-person voices and imagery produced during the third sexual revolution, from the eve of the internet to today.
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  • Front Matter
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Scientia Sexualis
  • The Treachery of Rape Representation
  • More Than Just Selfies: #Occupotty, Affect, and Confession as Activism
  • Against Authenticity: The Feminist Turn in N. Maxwell Lander’s Video Work
  • Blogging Affects and Other Inheritances of Feminist Consciousness-Raising
  • “YES I’M GAY”: The Mediality of Coming Out
  • “Aren’t You Worried about What People Might Say? What People Might Do?”: Lady Gaga and the “Heeling” of Queer Trauma
  • Letters to Nina Hartley: Pornography, Parrhesia, and Sexual Confessions
  • Femininities of Excess: The Cinematic Confessions of Rituparno Ghosh
  • The Videomaker and the Rent Boy: Gay-for-Pay Confessional in 101 Rent Boys and Broke Straight Boys TV
  • Confessions: Watching the Masturbating Boy (Excerpts)
  • Ars Erotica
  • Like a Prayer: Confessing My Beatific-Cum-Demonic Visions of Men (and God?)
  • Camming and Erotic Capital: The Pornographic as an Expression of Neoliberalism
  • Confessions of a Masked Pornographer: Reorienting Gay Male Identity via Bodily Confession
  • Sadean Confessions in Virginie Despentes’s Punk-Porn-Feminism
  • Fuck Yeah Levi Karter! and New Authenticities
  • Circuitous Pleasures, Guilt, and Pain: Nymph()maniac and the Pornographic Hard Code
  • Porn Fast
  • “I Confess: I Was the Girl in the Shadows”
  • Queer Auto-Porn-Art: Genealogies, Aesthetics, Ethics, and Desire
  • On Not Seeing All: The Incomplete, Sexual Play, and the Ethics of the Frame
  • To Queer Things Up: Sexing the Self in the Queer Documentary Web Series
  • A Man with a Mother: Tarnation and the Subject of Confession
  • Looking, Stroking, and Speaking: A Queer Ethics of MAP Desire
  • Playing Confession: Gaming, Autobiography, and the Elusive Self
  • From a “Disappeared Aesthetics” to a “Trans-Aesthetics”: Derek Jarman and Ming Wong’s Image-Based Technologies of the Self
  • Writing Intimacy: Fantasy, New Media, and Confession in Marie Calloway’s what purpose did I serve in your life
  • Hentai Confessions: Transgression and “Sexual Technologies of the Self” in Akihiko Shiota’s Moonlight Whispers
  • Porno-Graphing: “Dirtiness” and Self-Objectification
  • Shut Me Up in Grindr: Anti-confessional Discourse and Sensual Nonsense in MSM Media
  • Figures
  • Contributors
  • Index
  • 0-2280-0065-3
  • 0-2280-0064-5
  • 10.1515/9780228000648
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