Guest Lecture: Mireille Miller-Young

Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, UC-Santa Barbara: "A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography"
Friday, Oct. 19, 12 pm, Gerlinger Lounge

Dr. Miller-Young’s presentation is the first in "New Directions in Black Feminist Studies," an exciting series of lectures organized by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. In this talk, Miller-Young explores how black women’s representations and experiences as sex workers in the pornography industry are shaped by a racialized and gendered sexual commerce where stereotypes, structural inequalities, and social biases are the norm. Miller-Young contends that black sex workers, while facing multiple axes of discrimination and harm, also employ hypersexuality and deviance to achieve self-care and self-authorship.

Dr. Miller-Young is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at UC-Santa Barbara, where she researches and teaches about race, gender, and sexuality in US history, popular and film cultures, and the sex industries. Her book A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography (Duke UP, 2014) was awarded the Sara A. Whaley Prize for Best Book on Women and Labor by the National Women’s Studies Association and the John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Book by the American Studies Association.

For more information on Miller-Young’s presentation, please check out the homepage for "New Directions in Black Feminist Studies."