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Dr. Mireille Miller-Young on Race, Porn, Power and her award-winning book A Taste of Brown Sugar

Dr. Mireille Miller-Young on Race, Porn, Power and her award-winning book A Taste of Brown Sugar

Dr. Mireille Miller-Young returns to the show for a full hour talking about her award-winning book, A Taste for Brown Sugar, which boldly takes on representations of black women's sexuality in the porn industry. It is based on Mireille Miller-Young's extensive archival research and her interviews with dozens of women who have worked in the adult entertainment industry since the 1980s. The women share their thoughts about desire and eroticism, black women's sexuality and representation, and ambition and the need to make ends meet. Miller-Young documents their interventions into the complicated history of black women's sexuality, looking at individual choices, however small—a costume, a gesture, an improvised line—as small acts of resistance, of what she calls "illicit eroticism." Miller-Young wants the voices of black women sex workers heard, and the decisions they make, albeit often within material and industrial constraints, recognized as their own.

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