The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography

Nov 20, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Albert Johnson Conference Room, 650 Barrows Hall
Location is wheelchair accessible

The Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley presents…

AAS Colloquium Series
The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography”
ARIANE CRUZ 

Monday, November 20, 2017
12:30 – 2:00pm
Albert Johnson Conference Room, 650 Barrows Hall

The Color of Kink explores black women’s representations and performances within American pornography and BDSM (bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism) from the 1930s to the present, revealing the ways in which they illustrate a complex and contradictory negotiation of pain, pleasure, and power for black women. Based on personal interviews conducted with pornography performers, producers, and professional dominatrices, visual and textual analysis, and extensive archival research, Ariane Cruz reveals BDSM and pornography as critical sites from which to rethink the formative links between Black female sexuality and violence.  She explores how violence becomes not just a vehicle of pleasure but also a mode of accessing and contesting power.  Drawing on feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, and media studies, Cruz argues that BDSM is a productive space from which to consider the complexity and diverseness of black women’s sexual practice and the mutability of black female sexuality. Illuminating the cross-pollination of black sexuality and BDSM, The Color of Kink makes a unique contribution to the growing scholarship on racialized sexuality.

Ariane Cruz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University whose work lies at the intersections between black female sexuality and black visual culture. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley in African Diaspora Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is the author of The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography (2016) and her work also appears in journals such as Camera Obscura, Hypatia, Women & Performance, The Journal of American Studies, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society and several important edited volumes on race and sexuality.

*This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender (CRG). A light lunch will be served*

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