HEATHER BRUNSKELL-EVANS

HEATHER BRUNSKELL-EVANS

Heather is a Visiting Research Fellow at Kings College, London. She has taught at a number of academic institutions including Goldsmiths College, The London School of Economics and the University of Leicester. Her PhD was awarded by Goldsmiths College where she contrasted radical feminist approaches to gender with poststructuralist approaches and argued that child sexual abuse is the outcome of patriarchy. She has subsequently developed interest in the history of ideas about sexuality, gender and identity, and how these ideas both inform and are constituted by internet pornography. She argues that, riding on the back of the revolutionary changes of the 1970s when feminists passionately fought to claim women’s bodies and sexual agency from patriarchy, patriarchy began to mutate through internet pornography into a new and insidious form. The sex industry, Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, alongside other pornographersand its powerful ‘free-speech’ lobby, has been extremely successful in normalizing pornography consumption as a form of sexual liberation, and in persuading generations of men and women that the ritualized and sexualized subordination of women in pornography is actually women’s ‘empowerment’, a view to which many generations of women have ‘freely’ consented. Her latest book isThe Sexualised Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography (2016) Cambridge Scholars Publisher

Heather will be involved in the following FiLiA session:
The Changing Face of Patriarchy    (Sunday Morning)