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Torn : A Cluster Analysis Public Deposited

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  • Pornography remains one of the most controversial topics in our culture. Politicians, religious groups, and special interest organizations tend to focus on the ‘effects’ pornography has on those who consume it, and fear that pornography is a threat to public health. The general discourse surrounding pornography is that men produce violent pornography for other men and at the expense of women. Because of this, feminist pornography—or pornography that is produced and targeted towards women—has not received the scholarly attention it merits. The following thesis aims to study the rhetorical messages found in a feminist pornography film, with the goal of providing an alternative discourse that challenges conventional assumptions about pornography. Specifically, this study analyses Jacky St. James’ full-length film, Torn. Jacky St. James, a self-proclaimed feminist, is a writer and director of pornography who targets women as her primary audience. In order to analyze the rhetorical messages in Jacky St. James’ film, this thesis will use Kenneth Burke’s cluster-agon criticism as methodological lens. Cluster-agon criticism allows for the critic to discover a rhetor’s worldview and attitudes. This discovers that Jacky St. James holds a worldview of moral subjectivity, where the needs and wants of the self are acclaimed over constructed societal norms. The overall message in the film is that open and honest communication about wants and needs are the key to a successful and happy relationship.
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