This short essay reflects on the material history of lesbian-produced adult media as well as the institutional and methodological problems that attend researching it. Denied entry into established adult entertainment markets, lesbian pornographers had to create their own adult media economies and infrastructures. Using archival objects as a point of entry into this history, this essay considers the material dimensions of women's labor as well as the immaterial cost of that labor, ultimately arguing that current approaches to adult media history fail to capture lesbian-produced texts or their unique modes of production, circulation, and reception.
Archive Trouble: Searching for Lesbian Adult Media
Desirae Embree is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Texas A&M University. Her dissertation, titled “Private Pleasures / Public Provocations: Dyke Porn in the Late Twentieth Century,” is a cultural history of lesbian-produced sexual entertainment media in the 1980s and 1990s. She currently holds the 2018–19 LGBT Studies Research Fellowship at Yale University.
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Desirae Embree; Archive Trouble: Searching for Lesbian Adult Media. Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2019; 5 (2): 240–254. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2019.5.2.240
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