TITLE

Part 1: Contemporary Pornographies: How to Do Things with the Starr Report: Pornography, Performance, and the President's Penis

AUTHOR(S)
St. John, Maria; Williams, Linda
PUB. DATE
January 2004
SOURCE
Porn Studies;2004, p27
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
This section examines the products of judge Kenneth Starr's project in making the physically intimate encounter of U.S. President Bill Clinton with White House intern Monica Lewinsky a national spectacle. The Starr Report, which as a text inscribes a multitude of conflicting desires and takes up and abandons multiple pornographic conventions. One of the frustrating aspects of reading the Starr Report as pornography results from the fact that rather than falling silently into the line with present pornographic conventions, it evokes conventions past. The report reads ambiguously as political pornography. The U.S. Government Printing Office bound and reproduced the document for sale, the House released a copy of the videotape of Clinton's testimony and was aired on all major television networks.
ACCESSION #
18595311

 

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