The Porn Illusion: The Infantilized Woman in Popular Print Media

By Pamela Turton-Turner.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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This paper is about the chic visual motif of infantilization of women in mainstream print media. Evocative of pseudo-child pornography, infantilization refers to a popular aesthetic category that normalizes portrayals of women as glamorized infants.

Keywords: Infantilization of Women, Popular Print, Popular Postfeminism, Pornified Images, Neo-sexism, Foucauldian Feminism

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.17-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 310.268KB).

Dr. Pamela Turton-Turner

Sessional Academic, Art and Design Theory, School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Pamela Turton-Turner is an academic, feminist writer, speaker, and artist. She is Coordinator of the First Year Art and Design Theory program at the Tasmanian College of the Arts where she also teaches. Dr Turton-Turner’s research interest involves an interdisciplinary exploration of neo-liberal discourses evident in postfeminist visual culture. Her primary concern is to examine how the interrelationship between fetishized glamor and violence in popular media impacts on cultural encoding of female identity. Her methodology draws on Foucauldian feminism and visual semiotics. Dr Turton-Turner is the author of several scholarly articles and conference papers. In March 2013 she was an invited speaker at the Oxford Round Table symposium on “Women and Education” at Harris-Manchester College, Oxford University. She is also a print artist with an interest in digital art. Her artwork is influenced by feminist dada and surrealism in women’s art.