• Dr Lauren Rosewarne

    American Taboo, 2013

  • Thursday talks: Full frontal double standards

    American Taboo

    Thursday 8 Aug 2013, 1.00- 1.30pm
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    Dr Lauren Rosewarne

    Against the backdrop of the exhibition Philip Brophy: Colour Me Dead, Lauren Rosewarne will be talking about one of themes of her new book American Taboo: penises. While the penis is frequently referred to in mainstream popular culture through jokes and references to size, and while the male body has become increasingly something to be desired and objectified on screen, its unsheathed display remains a rarity in film and television.

    This talk focuses on occasions when the penis taboo is breached, and explores what such representations mean as related to filmmaking as well as sexual politics.

    Dr Lauren Rosewarne is a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She researches on sexuality, gender, pop culture and politics. She is the author of five books including Sex in Public: Women, Outdoor Advertising and Public Policy, 2007, Cheating on the Sisterhood: Infidelity and Feminism, 2009, Part-Time Perverts: Sex, Pop Culture and Kink Management, 2011, Periods in Pop Culture: Menstruation in Film and Television, 2012 and the soon to be released American Taboo: The Forbidden Words, Unspoken Rules, and Secret Morality of Popular Culture. She is also a frequent media commentator and opinion piece writer.

    More information can be found at: www.laurenrosewarne.com.

    No bookings required.

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