”Other” or “one of us”?: the porn user in public and academic discourse

ATTWOOD, F. (2007). ”Other” or “one of us”?: the porn user in public and academic discourse. Participations: journal of audience and reception studies, 4 (1).


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The consumption of sexually explicit media has long been a matter of public and political concern. It has also been a topic of academic interest. In both these arenas a predominantly behaviourist model of effects and regulation has worked to cast the examination of sexually explicit texts and their consumption as a debate about harm. The broader area of investigation remains extraordinarily undeveloped.

Sexually explicit media is a focus of interest for academics because of the way it ‘speaks’ sex and sexuality for its culture. In this paper I examine existing and emerging figures of the porn consumer, their relation to ways of thinking and speaking about pornography, and the implications of these for future work on porn consumption.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First published in Participations: journal of audience and reception studies
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 05:05
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31

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