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Making Sense of Online Pornography


Feona Attwood

Pornography has always been central to debates about sex and emerging new media technologies. Today, debate is increasingly focused on online pornographies. This collection examines pornography’s significance as a focus of definition, debate, and myth; its development as a mainstream entertainment industry; and the emergence of the new economy of Porn 2.0, and of new types of porn labor and professionalism. It looks at porn style behind the scenes of straight hardcore, in gay, lesbian, and queer pornographies, in shock sites, and in amateur erotica, and investigates the rise of the online porn fan community, the sex blogger, the erotic rate-me site and the visual cultures of swingers. Treating these developments as part of a broader set of economic and cultural transformations, this book argues that new porn practices reveal much about contemporary and competing views of sex and the self, the real and the body, culture, and commerce.
Contents: Feona Attwood: Introduction: Porn Studies: From Social Problem to Cultural Practice – Stephen Maddison: Online Obscenity and Myths of Freedom: Dangerous Images, Child Porn, and Neoliberalism – Adam Stapleton: Child Pornography: Classifications and Conceptualizations – David Slayden: Debbie Does Dallas Again and Again: Pornography, Technology, and Market Innovation – Sharif Mowlabocus: Porn 2.0? Technology, Social Practice, and the New Online Porn Industry – Feona Attwood: «Younger, paler, decidedly less straight»: The New Porn Professionals – Sanna Härmä/Joakim Stolpe: Behind the Scenes of Straight Pleasure – Steven Jones: Horrorporn/Pornhorror: The Problematic Communities and Contexts of Online Shock Imagery – Susanna Paasonen: Good Amateurs: Erotica Writing and Notions of Quality – Jennifer Moorman: Gay for Pay, Gay For(e)play: The Politics of Taxonomy and Authenticity in LGBTQ Online Porn – Simon Lindgren: Widening the Glory Hole: The Discourse of Online Porn Fandom – Katrien Jacobs: The New World Dream and the Female Itch: Sex Blogging and Lolita Costume Play in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China – Dennis D. Waskul/Cheryl L. Radeloff: «How Do I Rate?»: Web Sites and Gendered Erotic Looking Glasses – Alison Rooke/Mónica G. Moreno Figueroa: Beyond «Key Parties» and «Wife Swapping»: The Visual Culture of Online Swinging – Feona Attwood: Conclusion: Toward the Study of Online Porn Cultures and Practices.