Masterpieces opens on three couples – Rowena and Trevor, their friends Yvonne and Ron, and Rowena’s mother Jennifer and stepfather Clive - having dinner in a restaurant. They exchange sexist jokes to a variety of responses: some laugh uproariously, some uncomfortably, and one is deeply unhappy. Masterpieces is the story of Rowena, and her journey from seeing a pornographic magazine for the first time, to a thwarted attempt to help an unhappy prostitute, from uncomfortable laughter, to radical and disgusted protest at female subjugation.
A passionate indictment of pornography, the objectification of women and those who condone violence against them.
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