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I found myself inside her fur...

By Catherine Harper


Fur is the ultimate “fabric of desire.” Humans covet the gorgeousness of the stuff on the backs of the wild and the caged, and from that desire to those enacted in the orgasmic moment of death, the climactic moment of consumption, the ecstatic moment of the performic enactment of fur through wearing it, fur is synonymous with desire. In this article, the author examines fur as both a fetish-fabric that disavows its bodily origin, a material fabric tied to seduction, sensuality, and somatic sensation, and a sadist-fabric that cannot be decoupled from the pornographic “snuff” violence of its manufacture. Catherine Harper was a founder member of the Animal Rights Movement of Northern Ireland in 1983

Topics: W990 Creative Arts and Design not classified elsewhere
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.2752/175183508X377609
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.brighton.ac.uk:5636

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