Quotation by Linda Gertner Zatlin

Whether or not overtly sadistic, the psychology behind pornographic works justifies male domination by asserting that women crave being controlled while avoiding qualities that might contradict this justification, such as affection, tenderness, and the awareness of another person's feelings. Pornography also contains an important element of sexual reprisal against women, arising out of men's self-disgust at their dependence on female "inferiority" for the measure of their own "superiority."... Erotica is free of these sexual politics; forming only one component of human relations, its sexuality, which stresses mutual satisfaction, is subordinated to a larger artistic design.
Linda Gertner Zatlin, U.S. educator, critic. "Sexual Politics of the 1890s," Aubrey Beardsley and Victorian Sexual Politics, Clarendon (1990).
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