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Policing Desire

Pornography, AIDS, and the Media

1997
Author:

Simon Watney

Policing Desire

An updated edition of this essential work.

Since its initial publication, Policing Desire has proved to be an unparalleled analysis of “the cacophony of voices which sounds through every institution of our society on the subject of AIDS.” For this third edition Simon Watney has provided a new preface, a compelling new concluding essay, and a directory for AIDS information that includes electronic resources.

“A landmark work in AIDS analysis because of the combination of emotional urgency and analytical insight that it manifests.” --American Book Review

Since its initial publication, Policing Desire has proved to be an unparalleled analysis of “the cacophony of voices which sounds through every institution of our society on the subject of AIDS.” For the third edition Simon Watney has provided a new preface, a compelling new concluding essay, and a directory for AIDS information that includes electronic resources.

“A far-reaching analysis of images of AIDS and homosexuality in the media. . . . In Policing Desire, Simon Watney called the media on its own game, and the media actually changed its coverage of AIDS and queer issues.” Voice Literary Supplement

“Simon Watney’s Policing Desire is essential reading for anyone who wants to press the question of how the media represents AIDS . . . it will stand as a great work of criticism written from the trenches.” New York Native

“A landmark work in AIDS analysis because of the combination of emotional urgency and analytical insight that it manifests.” American Book Review

Winner of the Gustavus Myers Prize for the Study of Human Rights

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Media Studies/Social Theory

Policing Desire
Pornography, AIDS and the Media
Third Edition
Simon Watney

An updated edition of this essential work.

Since its initial publication, Policing Desire has proved to be an unparalleled analysis of “the cacophony of voices which sounds through every institution of our society on the subject of AIDS.” For the third edition Simon Watney has provided a new preface, a compelling new concluding essay, and a directory for AIDS information that includes electronic resources.

“A far-reaching analysis of images of AIDS and homosexuality in the media. . . . In Policing Desire, Simon Watney called the media on its own game, and the media actually changed its coverage of AIDS and queer issues.” Voice Literary Supplement

“Simon Watney’s Policing Desire is essential reading for anyone who wants to press the question of how the media represents AIDS . . . it will stand as a great work of criticism written from the trenches.” New York Native

“A landmark work in AIDS analysis because of the combination of emotional urgency and analytical insight that it manifests.” American Book Review

Simon Watney is the director of the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust, which distributes funds internationally for HIV/AIDS prevention and education. Watney lives in London, England.

Policing Desire

Simon Watney is the director of the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust, which distributes funds internationally for HIV/AIDS prevention and education. Watney lives in London, England.

Policing Desire

Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface (Second Edition)
Preface (Third Edition)

Introduction

1 Sex, diversity and disease
2 Infectious desires
3 Moral panics
4 Aids, pornography and law
5 Aids and the press
6 Aids on television
7 Safer representations
8 Epilogue

Conclusion (Second Edition)
Conclusion (Third Edition)

Notes
Resources: 1996

Index