The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography  

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The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography (1978) is a non-fiction book by Angela Carter.

In The Sadeian Woman Carter provides a feminist reading of Sade, seeing him as a "moral pornographer" who creates spaces for women. Carter explicitly states: ‘A moral pornographer might use pornography as a critique of current relations between the sexes.’ (Carter, 1979, p.22)

In her Polemical Preface, Pornography in the service of women, she writes, "Pornographers are the enemies of women only because our contemporary ideology of pornography does not encompass the possibilities of change, as if we were the slaves of history, and not its makers, as if sexual relations were not necessarily an expression of social relations, as if sex itself were an external fact, one as immutable as the weather, creating human practice but never part of it."

On atheism
"All the mythic versions of women, from the myth of the redeeming purity of the virgin to that of the healing, reconciling mother, are consolatory nonsenses; and consolatory nonsense seems to me a fair definition of myth, anyway. Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives women emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place."




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