Sex Radical Cinema

Sex Radical Cinema

Siegel, Carol
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/18/2015
Format: Paperback 15 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-01806-9
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In this provocative study of cinematic and televisual representations of "sex radicalism," Carol Siegel explores how representations of sexually explicit content on film have shaped American cultural visions of sex and sexual politics in the 21st century. Siegel distinguishes between a liberal approach to visual representations, which has over-emphasized normative equal opportunity while undervaluing our distinctive erotic selves, and a radical approach to visual representation, which portrays forbidden sexualities and desires. She illustrates how visual media participates in and even drives political policies related to pedophilia, prostitution, interracial relationships, and war. By examining such popular film and television shows as Mystic River, The Wire, Fifty Shades of Grey, Batman Returns, and the HBO hits, Sex and the City and Girls, Siegel takes the discussion of radical sex in the movies out of the margins of political discussions and puts it in the center, where, she argues, it has belonged all along.

Author Bio

Carol Siegel is Professor of English and American Studies at Washington State University Vancouver and author of New Millennial Sexstyles (IUP, 2000) and Goth's Dark Empire (IUP, 2005).


A much-needed, provocative intervention in current debates about sexuality, radicalism and the cinema.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Recent Changes in the Representation of Sex and Politics in American Cinema
1. The Sexuality of Minors: Family Values and Mysteries of Pedophilia
2. Sex Trafficking Films, Or Taken for a Ride
3. Sex and Anti-Militarism
4. Interracial Sex and Architectures of American Horror
5. Tim Burton's Films, Children, and Perversity
Conclusion: The Future, No Future

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