Perversion saturates everything from song lyrics to cinema to advertising and art. Caught in a quagmire that is at once sexy and revolting, thrilling and petrifying, individuals must manage their exposure and decide just how much they want these representations to influence their daily lives. So, how do we respond?
This book offers an erudite yet highly accessible exploration of the presence of sexual perversion in popular culture and its manifestation in everyday life.
An interdisciplinary exploration of sexual perversion in everyday life, Part-Time Perverts: Sex, Pop Culture, and Kink Management starts from the premise that, for better or worse, everyone is exposed to a continual barrage of representations of sexual perversion, both subliminal and overt. Our involvement, Dr. Lauren Rosewarne contends, is universal, but our management strategies cover a spectrum of behavioral possibilities from total repression to total immersion.
It is those strategies that she examines here. Drawing on her own experience, as well as on pop culture and a multidisciplinary mix of theory, Rosewarne shifts the discussion of perversion away from the traditional psychological and psychiatric focus and instead explores it through a feminist lens as a social issue that affects everyone. Her book examines representations of perversion—from suppression to dabbling to full-body immersion—and proposes a classification for perversion management, and charts the diverse strategies we use to manage, and perhaps enjoy, exposure.
• A bibliography of over 400 reference-text-based items including books, journal articles, and news items
• A media reference list of over 100 films, 100 songs, and 75 television programs referred to in the text
• Uses a diverse range of popular culture material to highlight the widespread and mainstreamed presence of perversion
• Draws on the author's own involvement in perverse sexual behavior
• Offers an alternative to the dominant psychological analyses of perversion through a multidisciplinary approach that combines feminism, sociology, philosophy, literary theory, and cultural studies
• Provides a widely accessible, engaging approach to the topic