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August 1979

Centerfold: An Essay on Excitement

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1979;36(9):1019-1024. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1979.01780090105011

• A woman who poses for soft-core pornography reports that she has never felt she belonged to her body, that she is and wants only to be an erotic product manufactured by a team of specialists for the use of a viewing audience of males, that since age 5 she has been a nude dancer, and that she has no other material existence except in this form. She is, then, a fetish. Her success illustrates the hypothesis that erotic daydreams in pornography represent fantasies of revenge in which the consumer imagines he is degrading—dehumanizing—women.

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