NEW DIRECTION Vol. 4, #4 (London: Eastgate Press Ltd., 1974).
NEW DIRECTION Vol. 4, #4 (London: Eastgate Press Ltd., 1974).

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NEW DIRECTION Vol. 4, #4 (London: Eastgate Press Ltd., 1974).

Ed. Susan Worth. 4to. Glossy wrps., 66pp. Diagonal top left corner crease to back cover, o/w Very Good plus.

Contents include "Young Girl Needs Lesbian" (5pp., photo-illustrated in colour and b/w), featuring Cosey Fanni Tutti as 'Lois' ("married but sickened by a pervert husband's insatiable demands"), who responds to 'Jean', a young girl who advertises for "an older woman. One with expertise, a mistress of the lesbian arts."

One of Tutti's earlier 'actions' to appear in a variety of pornographic magazines between 1974 and 1977, many of which provided COUM with raw material for new work. In her autobiography, Tutti writes at length about her work in the sex industry as a model and stripper during the 1970s: "The sexual exploitation and objectification of women by men was the feminist hot topic, very high on their agenda, and I and other sex workers were perceived as the enemy. I didn't identify with 1970s feminism: it didn’t speak for me or the diverse and complex nature of women. I was a free spirit and didn't want yet more rules and guilt thrown at me about my actions. Yes, by doing my sex work I was contributing to, but not necessarily endorsing, the thing they were fighting against. But I was no 'victim' of exploitation. I was exploiting the sex industry for my own purposes, to subvert and use it to create my own art. It was my choice. I wanted to get to know the sex industry from within, to speak from first-hand experience. I wanted a purity in my work, to push against existing expectations and my own inhibitions, and to understand all the complex nuances and trials it imposed on everyone in that business, including the target market. I was transgressing rules - feminist ones included. I live my life as a 'person', seeing all options as being equally open to me and everyone else. I refuse to be defined or confined by my gender" (Art Sex Music, p.171-172).

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