The Transnational Queer: Mail-Order Pornography and Queer Aesthetics during the Sexual Revolution
As Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu have argued, by reading photographs with attention to the emotions embedded within them, we open up our analyses to both the construction and reception of the image, historicizing the identities depicted while at the same time forging a space for historical actors whose lives and stories are often side-lined in traditional textual sources. By analyzing these photographs of desire, lust, voyeurism, and need for the way in which they helped articulate changing visions of sexual expression in this period of greater visibility for queer-identified men and women, we see the importance of thinking about image constitution, migration, and consumption for what they reveal about social and aesthetic norms, networks, and pathways. Most importantly, it forces us to think of the Sexual Revolution as a visual, transnational phenomenon as well as a social and legal one.
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