Public and academic debate about ‘porn culture’ is proliferating. Ironically, what is often lost in these debates is a sense of what is specific about pornography. By focusing on pornography’s mainstream – contemporary commercial products for a heterosexual male audience – Everyday Pornography offers the opportunity to reconsider what it is that makes pornography a specific form of industrial practice and genre of representation.
Everyday Pornography presents original work from scholars from a range of academic disciplines (Media Studies, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Women’s Studies, Political Science), introducing new methodologies and approaches whilst reflecting on the ongoing value of older approaches. Among the topics explored are:
- the porn industry’s marketing practices (spam emails, reviews) and online organisation
- commercial sex in Second Life
- the pornographic narratives of phone sex and amateur videos
- the content of best-selling porn videos
- how the male consumer is addressed by pornography, represented within the mainstream, understood by academics and contained by legislation.
This collection places a particular emphasis on anti-pornography feminism, a movement which has been experiencing a revival since the mid-2000s. Drawing on the experiences of activists alongside academics, Everyday Pornography offers an opportunity to explore the intellectual and political challenges of anti-pornography feminism and consider its relevance for contemporary academic debate.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Everyday pornography, Karen Boyle Part I: Content and context 1. Arresting images: Anti-pornography slideshows, activism and the academy, Gail Dines, Linda Thompson, Rebecca Whisnant, with Karen Boyle 2. Methodological considerations in mapping pornography content, Ana Bridges 3. ‘Now that's pornography’: Violence and domination in Adult Video News, Meagan Tyler 4. Repetition and hyperbole: The gendered choreographies of heteroporn, Susanna Paasonen 5. Cocktail parties: Fetishising semen in pornography beyond bukkake, Lisa Jean Moore & Juliana Weissbein 6. Virtually commercial sex, Sarah Neely Part II: Address, consumption, regulation 7. Pornography is what the end of the world looks like, Robert Jensen 8. From Jekyll to Hyde: The grooming of male pornography consumers, Rebecca Whisnant 9. Porn consumers' public faces: Mainstream media, address and representation, Karen Boyle 10. To catch a curious clicker: A social network analysis of the online pornography industry, Jennifer Johnson 11. Young men using pornography, Michael Flood 12. 'Students study hard porn': Pornography and the popular press, Mark Jones & Gerry Carlin 13. Marginalising feminism: debating extreme pornography laws in public and policy discourse, Clare McGlynn Epilogue: How was it for you? Karen Boyle
Karen Boyle is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, and is a Director of the Women’s Support Project, a feminist anti-violence organisation. She is author of Media & Violence (2005) and has published widely on gendered violence and feminist media studies.