In what promises to be a lively, risque and feminist-centric discussion as part of Feminist Book Fortnight, four people with very different experiences of obscenity law discuss what the term means in supposedly liberal modern society, and its implications for those whose sexuality still falls outside of Gayle Rubin’s ‘charmed circle’.
Catherine Scott’s upcoming book "To Deprave & Corrupt" applies a sex-positive, feminist lens to the strange and inconsistent history of how obscenity has been defined in Britain. In conversation with erotic writer Zak Jane Keir, author and LGBT activist Lola Phoenix and feminist porn producer Itzi Urrutia.
As Scott’s book explores, how did we get from a world where the term ‘atheist’ used to be synonymous with ‘pervert’, to a legal landscape where face-sitting is seen as a life-threatening act which must be censored?
Reviews of Catherine Scott
“In her debut, Thinking Kink, Catherine Scott demolished the myths behind the barbed relationship of feminism and BDSM. Now, in To Deprave and Corrupt, she turns her gimlet eye on the chequered history of British obscenity laws. Scott’s breadth of knowledge is astonishing, and her prose is immensely readable (and, at times, very funny indeed): she’s achieved in To Deprave and Corrupt that rare goal of scholarly writing that doesn’t snare the reader at every turn in theoretical thickets of academic jargon.” Dr Emma Rees, Institute of Gender Studies, Chester University
Catherine Scott will lead a panel featuring:
Lola Phoenix Lola is an agender identified LGBT activist, working in various capacities for a better world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people since the ripe age of 12. Lola volunteers for a variety of organisations including Action for Trans Health and Stonewall Housing.
Zak Jane Keir Zak Jane Keir is a veteran writer about sex and sexuality, happy to be known as a pornographer, feminist, storyteller and Morris dancer. She has been a member of Feminists against Censorship for a couple of decades at leat and was part of the launch team on For Women magazine in the early 90s. Now she writes mainly erotic fiction though is considering putting her memoirs out, runs bookstalls at fetish markets and does a few other things when she gets round to it.
Itziar Bilbao Urrutia Aka Ms Tytania, aka The Urban Chick Supremacy Cell, is a fetish video producer, visual artist and writer. Her background in art, with an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, gave her a creative and critical approach to fetish, and specifically, to her her sexuality, Femdom.
From 2010, she has been working on, The Urban Chick Supremacy Cell (http://uc-sc-femdom.com/), a fetish content website where she explores new narratives and representations of female sexual dominance, challenging the male gaze hegemony of mainstream porn.
The UC-SC places Femdom within the aesthetics and rhetoric of historical political radicalism, such as Valerie Solanas and Ulkrike Meinhoff. The UC-SC was the first independent adult studio to win against ATVOD's proposed banning and censorship of non-normative porn production in UK.