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Kinking Race Pleasures

Kinking Race Pleasures 560 GLQ: A JOURNAL OF LESBIAN AND GAY STUDIES Jordan Victorian The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography Ariane Cruz New York: New York University Press, 2016. xii + 317 pp. There is something sexy about racism, an unspoken erotic charge that animates the constant labor of racialization. The pleasures and performances imbricated in race underline the analytic work of The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography. In it, Ariane Cruz explores racialized performances in BDSM and pornography, arguing that these sites highlight the technologies of gender, race, sexuality, and pleasure that help constitute black female sexuality. Cruz con- tributes to feminist scholarship on representations of black women and expands the growing field of racial pornographics, offering a unique focus on BDSM per - formances in a contemporary porn archive. Throughout the text, Cruz responds to a body of black feminist work that considers racialization and the visual field as solely sites of violence. She instead argues that black women may encounter racial-sexual alterity, “the perceived entangled racial and sexual otherness that characterizes the lived experience of black womanhood” (33), as a site of both violence and pleasure. Cruz calls for a politics of perversion http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

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Copyright © 2018 Duke University Press
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1064-2684
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1527-9375
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10.1215/10642684-6957968
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Abstract

560 GLQ: A JOURNAL OF LESBIAN AND GAY STUDIES Jordan Victorian The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography Ariane Cruz New York: New York University Press, 2016. xii + 317 pp. There is something sexy about racism, an unspoken erotic charge that animates the constant labor of racialization. The pleasures and performances imbricated in race underline the analytic work of The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography. In it, Ariane Cruz explores racialized performances in BDSM and pornography, arguing that these sites highlight the technologies of gender, race, sexuality, and pleasure that help constitute black female sexuality. Cruz con- tributes to feminist scholarship on representations of black women and expands the growing field of racial pornographics, offering a unique focus on BDSM per - formances in a contemporary porn archive. Throughout the text, Cruz responds to a body of black feminist work that considers racialization and the visual field as solely sites of violence. She instead argues that black women may encounter racial-sexual alterity, “the perceived entangled racial and sexual otherness that characterizes the lived experience of black womanhood” (33), as a site of both violence and pleasure. Cruz calls for a politics of perversion

Journal

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2018

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