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A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography by Mireille Miller-Young

Created by: Mireille Miller-Young

Date of Release: 2014

Publisher: Duke University Press

How to Access: Purchase the book from Duke University Press

Context: (quoted from Mireille Miller-Young's website): "A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography (Duke University Press, 2014) 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." Building on the work of other black feminist theorists, and contributing to the field of sex work studies, she seeks to expand discussion of black women's sexuality to include their eroticism and desires, as well as their participation and representation in the adult entertainment industry. 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."

Submitted by: Zaniya, the BSWC Librarian

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