Pornographic State and Erotic Resistance

“I define pornography as the production of an obscenity that provides a fantasy object of desire and argue that the pornographic state is a power regime that “takes hold and binds its subjects” (Rose 1998: 14) and constitutes itself as a unified entity by producing obscenities. The Turkish state pornographizes the Kurdish body by separating, capturing, and transforming it into an obscenity through the sexualized and corporal power of its institutions and inscribes its signature on the psyche and body of Kurds in this process.”

The South Atlantic Quarterly 118:1, January 2019 doi 10.1215/00382876-7281624 © 2019 Duke University Press



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