Latex and Lingerie: Shopping for Pleasure at Ann Summers Parties (Materializing Culture v. 21)
By: Merl Storr (author)Paperback
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Sexy, hedonistic, hilarious - Ann Summers parties are the ultimate girls' night in. Promising the perfect antidote to the toils of everyday life - sexual pleasure - they are the 'naughty but nice' version of the classic Tupperware(r) party. Ann Summers parties are incredibly popular, with around 4000 parties held in Britain every week. The basis is simple: to provide an all-female environment where women can buy sexy lingerie, erotic fashion, sex toys and other sex-related products. In many respects these parties enable women to transgress social taboos in the comfort of their own homes. But they are also a subtle means of constructing and enforcing heterosexual femininity. This book investigates what really goes on at these 'special' homosocial gatherings, where heterosexual women drink, laugh, shop, play party games and talk about sex. Storr develops a new analysis of the ways heterosexual women identify with and against each other - and of what this tells us about gender, sexuality and consumption in contemporary society.
Drawing on both participant observation and in-depth interviews with party organizers, this fascinating and fun book is an indispensable guide to the politics of 'post-feminist' culture.
Merl Storr Senior Lecturer in Sociology,University of East London
Contents List of Figures Acknowledgements 1 Introducing Ann Summers The Ann Summers Party Plan Ann Summers @ a typical party plan? Researching Ann Summers Liquorice allsorts 'The No 1 Fun Company' Personality, skill and emotional labour 'Young mums' Ann Summers as post-feminist fun Hidden depths About this book 2 'The Ultimate Girls' Night In' Conceptualising Homosociality Male homosociality Female homosociality Ann Summers and Female Homosociality Helping women to serve the interests of men Being one of the girls Lesbophobia Summary and Conclusion 3 Objects of Desire Ann Summers Parties for Men? She Likes Men Feeling sexy Men in uniform @ 'hello boys!' 'All that's Missing in the Man!' The penis and the phallus Pass my penis Feel it, believe it! Summary and Conclusion 4 Feminine Bodies, Feminine Pleasures The Heterosexual Female Erogenous Body at Ann Summers Parties Technique and interior zones Technique and exterior zones Erogenous functions The Female Homosocial Body at Ann Summers Parties The homosocial body's oral pleasures The homosocial body's vocal pleasures The homosocial body's tactile pleasures The homosocial body's visual pleasures Summary and Conclusion 5 Classy Lingerie Peeling the Lemon Homosocial Underwear The girls go shopping Luxury/utility Sleaze/respectability Eroticism/domesticity Summary and Conclusion 6 Conclusion References Index
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