Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Feminine Archetypes in Pornography: Something Showing Up as Missing
by Compton, Ashley N., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 75; 10076217
Abstract (Summary)

Our earth has begun its sixth extinction and our culture thrives in ideological third nature and the era of technology. Hardcore pornography demonstrates a fear-based split in the relationship between the Great Mother and Terrible Mother archetypes, and the consumption of violent sexual material is indicative of existential death-avoidance, or despair. The archetypes present in the Moms/Hot Mom/Mother/MILF, Youth/Teen, and 18 and Abused categories of porn evoke the fear of the feminine as related to Mother Earth, and elucidate the collective’s split feminine archetypes. This research uses heuristic and alchemical hermeneutic research methods to discern how these archetypes within hardcore pornography explicate our cultural complex regarding Mother Nature. What results is a call to consciousness and a clinical aim toward shadow integration, the assimilation of masculine and feminine parts of self, and a cohesive relationship toward imagery and imagination, lest they be altogether replaced by pornography.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental Health, Psychology, Gender studies
Keywords: Anthropocene, Archetypes, Depth psychology, Feminine, Great mother, Pornography
Publication Number: 10076217
ISBN: 978-1-339-58531-4
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