News: Free Access to Porn Studies Journal

The first double issue of Porn Studies has launched – and it’s free online until 31 May 2014. Porn Studies is edited by Professor Feona Attwood of Middlesex University and Professor Clarissa Smith of the University of Sunderland and supported by an international editorial board. It’s “the premier dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal tocritically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic and their cultural, economic, historical, institutional, legal and social contexts.”
Articles by leading scholars identify some of the leading themes in pornography research today. Utilising data from more than 5000 responses to an online questionnaire, Martin Barker’s ‘The “Problem” of Sexual Fantasies’ explores understandings of the relations between pornography and sexual imaginaries. Fears about what children might be learning from pornography have been centre stage for some time, in ‘Porn and Sex Education, Porn as Sex Education’, Kath Albury addresses those concerns and their intersections with other issues around young people’s sexual practices, sexual self-representation and sexual knowledge. In ‘Studying Porn Cultures’ Lynn Comella suggests a ‘porn studies-in-action’ and exhorts researchers to ‘leave the confines of our offices, and spend time in the places where pornography is made, distributed and consumed, discussed and debated, taught and adjudicated’. Read these and more free online until 31 May 2014.

Many academics have already praised the journal. Gayle Rubin, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, US says,”A scholarly journal about pornography is long overdue. Porn studies has matured into a vibrant and flourishing field, and the kind of solid, carefully researched work that is now available will help to counter the ill-informed and inflamed rhetoric that the topic seems to attract.”  .
Gerard Goggin, Professor of Media and Communication, University of Sydney, Australia, adds, “Finally we have a journal that brings together the urgently needed research, theories, and debates to make sense of an important aspect of social and cultural life. The breadth, depth, and richness of its packed first issue confirms its promise as a platform, not only for understanding pornography – but as a space for new, adventurous, genuinely cosmopolitan rethinking of many of the things about identity, bodies, power, belonging, media, and contemporary reality that we take-for-granted, but still know too little about.


A selection of call for papers for issues of Porn Studies can be found here

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  • Ken commented on April 1, 2014 at 10:04

    That is excellent because it is not about arousal. It’s an intriguing/interesting area to look at that will cover lots of perspectives.

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