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The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality

Edited by Clarissa Smith, Feona Attwood, Brian McNair

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456 pages

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The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality is a vibrant and authoritative exploration of the ways in which sex and sexualities are mediated in modern media and everyday life.

The 40 chapters in this volume offer a snapshot of the remarkable diversification of approaches and research within the field, bringing together a wide range of scholars and researchers from around the world and from different disciplinary backgrounds including cultural studies, education, history, media studies, sexuality studies and sociology.

The volume presents a broad array of global and transnational issues and intersectional perspectives, as authors address a series of important questions that have consequences for current and future thinking in the field. Topics explored include post-feminism, masculinities, media industries, queer identities, video games, media activism, music videos, sexualisation, celebrities, sport, sex-advice books, pornography and erotica, and social and mobile media.

The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality is an essential guide to the central ideas, concepts and debates currently shaping research in mediated sexualities and the connections between conceptions of sexual identity, bodies and media technologies.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I Representing sexualities 

1. The Normal Body on Display: public exhibitions of the Norma and Normman statues

Elizabeth Stephens

2. Asexualities and media

Kristina Gupta and Karli June Cerankowski

3. Representing trans sexualities

Eliza Steinbock

4. Representing lesbians in film and television

Rebecca Beirne

5. Representing gay sexualities

Sharif Mowlabocus

6. Fifty shades of ambivalence: BDSM representation in pop culture

Ummni Khan

7. The politics of fluidity: representing bisexualities in twenty-first-century screen media

Maria San Filippo

8. Heterosexual casual sex: from free love to Tinder

Kath Albury

9. Representing queer sexualities

Dion Kagan

Part II Sex genres 

10. Erotica

Catherine M. Roach

11. A history of slash sexualities: debating queer sex, gay politics, and media fan cultures

Kristina Busse and Alexis Lothian

12. Erotic manga: Boys’ Love, shonen-ai, yaoi and (MxM) shotacon

Anna Madill

13. Ways of showing it: feature and gonzo in mainstream pornography

Federico Zecca

14. From the scene, for the scene! Alternative pornographies in contemporary US production

Giovanna Maina

15. ‘Not on public display’: the art/porn debate

Gary Needham

16. User-generated pornography: amateurs and the ambiguity of authenticity

Susanna Paasonen

17. Celebrity sex tapes

Gareth Longstaff

18. The media panic about teen sexting

Amy Adele Hasinoff

19. Sex advice books and self-help

Meg-John Barker, Rosalind Gill and Laura Harvey

20. Social media platforms and sexual health

Paul Byron

21. Young people, sexuality education, and the media

Anne-Frances Watson

Part III Representing sex 

22. Videogames and sex

Ashley M.L. Brown

23. Sex and celebrity media

Adrienne Evans

24. Sex and music video

Diane Railton

25. Debating representations of sexuality in advertising

Despina Chronaki

26. Media representations of women in action sports: more than ‘sexy bad girls’on boards

Holly Thorpe

27. Sex and horror

Steve Jones

28. Sex in sitcoms: unravelling the discourses on sex in Friends

Frederik Dhaenens and Sofie Van Bauwel

29. Sex and reality TV: the pornography of intimate exposure

Misha Kavka

30. It’s all about your sex appeal: deconstructing the sexual content

in women’s magazines

Claire Moran

31. The invisibles: disability, sexuality and new strategies of enfreakment

Niall Richardson

Part IV Deconstructing key figures 

32. The metrosexual

John Mercer and Feona Attwood

33. The sex addict

Barry Reay

34. The stripper

Alison J Carr

35. The pen is mightier than the whore: Victorian newspapers and the sex-work saviour complex

Kate Lister

36. The pornography consumer as Other

Alan McKee

37. The porn performer

Angela Gabrielle White

38. The dominatrix

Danielle J. Lindemann

39. The pervert

Lauren Rosewarne

40. The pornographer

Neil Jackson

About the Editors

Clarissa Smith is Professor of Sexual Cultures at the University of Sunderland, UK. A founding co-editor of the Routledge journal Porn Studies Clarissa’s research is focused on representations of sex and sexuality and their production and consumption. Publications include numerous articles and chapters exploring the specificities of pornographic imagery, forms of stardom, production and regulation.

Feona Attwood is Professor in Cultural Studies, Communication and Media at Middlesex University, UK. Her research is in the area of sex in contemporary culture; and in particular, sexual cultures; new technologies, identity and the body, and controversial media. Her recent publications have focused on online sexual cultures, aesthetics, sex and the media, and public engagement. She is writing a book, Sex Media and Technology. She is the co-editor of Sexualities journal and founding co-editor of the journal Porn Studies.

Brian McNair is Professor of Journalism, Media & Communication within the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. His research and teaching interests include journalism, political communication and mediated sexuality. Brian is a regular media commentator across print, online and broadcast platforms. He has written more than 400 commentary articles for publications including the Guardian, The Conversation, The Age,The Herald and Scotland on Sunday.

About the Series

Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions

Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions offer thorough, high-quality surveys and assessments of the major topics in the fields of media and cultural studies. All entries in each companion are specially commissioned and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible, and cutting-edge, these companions are the ideal resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduate students, and researchers alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies