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Visual pleasure and gonzo pornography: Mason’s challenge to convention in ‘the hardest of hardcore’

Lodder, M (2016) 'Visual pleasure and gonzo pornography: Mason’s challenge to convention in ‘the hardest of hardcore’.' Porn Studies, 3 (4). pp. 373-385. ISSN 2326-8743

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This article focuses on the work of enigmatic female gonzo director Mason, and examines her filmic negotiations of genre convention within the American pornographic industry. Close analyses of her films reveal a rich, textured set of filmic strategies which complicate conceptions of what mainstream gonzo pornography looks like and how it functions. The article presents an overview of her career to date, examines the articulation of her relationship with her female performers, and discusses her authorial tropes. It asks how her films differ from those we might have come to expect from male directors, and questions how we might account for her female gaze (as both producer and consumer) upon extremely hardcore scenes. In particular, the article demonstrates that as Mason navigates, negotiates, and negates a variety of gonzo conventions, her work is best understood as a series of responses to the norms of her chosen genre.

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Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2016 10:21
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:43

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