Feminine Persuasion: Art and Essays on Sexuality
Edited by Betsy Stirratt and Catherine Johnson
160 pages, $22.00
In 2003, The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University marked 50 years since the publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female with an art exhibition, Feminine Persuasion. The catalog, Feminine Persuasion: Art and Essays on Sexuality, celebrates the diverse and multifaceted expressions of women's sexuality since Kinsey's study heralded a new era. This beautifully illustrated book showcases five centuries of diverse visual interpretations of female sexuality collected by The Kinsey Institute, and includes work by the contemporary artists Mariette Pathy Allen, Ghada Amer, Patty Chang, Judy Chicago, Renee Cox, Judy Dater, Nancy Davidson, Nicole Eisenman, Laura Letinsky, and Frank Yamrus. In addition to more than 45 color and halftone plates, Feminine Persuasion features two scholarly essays that place this wide-ranging work in context. Assessing what the ideal body image of the original Kinsey subjects might have been, June M. Reinisch discusses the ever-changing standards of female beauty, while Jean Robertson, in a survey of the history of feminist art over the past half century, explores the complex dimensions that constitute this work.
Sex and Humor: Selections from The Kinsey Institute
168 pages, $22
(41 duotones, 9 line illustrations)
Sex and Humor: Selections from The
Kinsey Institute is illustrated with more than 45 halftone reproductions of selected
pieces from the exhibition, held in 2002.
The book contains four scholarly essays,
including one by former Kinsey Institute Director John Bancroft that provides
an overview of recent literature and research on the topic of sex
and humor, as well as his personal views on the subject. Leonore Tiefer,
professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine
and author of Sex is Not a Natural Act and Other Essays, addresses
the topic of feminist humor. Mikita Brottman, professor of liberal
arts at Maryland Institute College of Art, has contributed an essay
on Gershon Legman, a world-renowned authority on the dirty joke. Folklorist
Frank Hoffmann discusses the popularity of the mid-20th century erotic
comic books known as "eight-pagers" or "Tijuana Bibles".
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