UCSB Researcher Speaks on ‘Putting Hypersexuality to Work’

“Putting Hypersexuality to Work: Black Women and Illicit Eroticism in Pornography,” a lecture by Mireille Miller-Young of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will be presented Monday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. in 803 Campus Center.

Miller-Young, associate professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, researches sexual economies in the U.S. and African diaspora with a special interest in the intersections between labor, visual culture and social history. Her forthcoming book from Duke University Press, “A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women, Sex Work, and Pornography,” examines black women’s representations, performances, and sex work in the adult entertainment industry. An editor of “The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure,” published this year by the Feminist Press, she has also published in Sexualities; Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism; Feminist Theory, “Blackness and Sexualities,” “Pornification: Sex and Sexuality in Media Culture” and “C’Lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader,” Colorlines, The New York Times, and $pread, a sex worker-produced magazine.

The lecture is sponsored by women, gender, sexuality studies and is co-sponsored by the languages, literature and culture department, communications department, Center for Public Policy Administration, history department, feminist studies at Hampshire College, gender studies at Mount Holyoke College, the study of women and gender at Smith College, Afro-American studies at Smith College and the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.