Porn Studies Hits Newstands

Well, not newsstands so much, since academic journals rarely find shelfspace next to Newsweek or Cosmo. Wait, does Newsweek still exist? I can’t keep it straight anymore which of the old school pubs have folded.

Porn Studies is a new academic journal about porn [NSFW if having "porn" spelled out in giant letters on your screen is NSFW]. It’s mindblowing that such a thing didn’t exist until now, right? Porn is soooooo fascinating! This week for Role/Reboot I wrote about the new journal and why I think we need more porn-talk, not less.

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The ethics of porn-making and porn-consuming have been front and center lately when the “real” identity of porn star Belle Knox was revealed by a fellow student at Duke. She’s done a pretty solid job of reclaiming the momentum of the story by speaking out about feminism, privacy, misogyny, and double-standards, though she’s also been put through the ringer of woman-hating bullshit that we put women through when they speak things that make us uncomfortable.

If you are a porn-consumer (and most people are), then you should be thinking critically about how your porn is made, who stars in it, who profits from it, and what compromises are made along the way. I’m not saying you should stop watching (I won’t), but you should start asking why we hold only the woman on screen accountable for the content, and not her porn-consuming classmates who enjoy it, or the porn-producers behind the camera who make it.

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5 responses to “Porn Studies Hits Newstands

  1. Great discussion on porn, and you articulated every feeling I’ve ever had about it. It will be interesting to watch the research evolve.

  2. I try not to watch porn but it’s in the regular so-called not porn tv stories and movies also. I love murder mysteries on a certain station and on every one there’s lurid explicit sexual scenes.

  3. Really enjoyed your article : )

    I too think we need to talk more about porn, particularly with young people. The accessibility of porn and the lack of adequate sexual health education has resulted in many young people having perceptions of sex that are concerning.

    Will be interesting to read the new journal – thanks for the share!

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  5. kirk Muse

    I wish porn featured normal men and women. I don’t identify with men with 9 or 10 inch penises.. And I am not attracted to women with huge breasts.

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