Social scientists don’t say titwank’

McKee, Alan (2009) Social scientists don’t say titwank’. Sexualities: studies in culture and society, 12(5), pp. 629-646.

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Drawing on the textual evidence of a number of referees’ reports, this article maps key differences between the humanities and social sciences approaches to the study of pornography, in order to facilitate better understanding and communication between the areas. 1. Social scientists avoid ‘vulgar’ language to describe sex. Humanities scholars need not do so. 2. Social scientists remain committed to the idea of ‘objectivity’ while humanities scholars reject the idea – although this may be a confusion in language, with the term in the social sciences used to mean something more like ‘falsifiability’. 3. Social science assumes that the primary effects of exposure to pornography must be negative. 4. More generally, social science resists paradigm changes, insisting that all new work agrees with research that has gone before. 5. Social science believes that casual sex and sadomasochism are negative; humanities research need not do so.

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ID Code: 28519
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: research paradigms, pornography, sadomasochism, casual sex
DOI: 10.1177/1363460709340372
ISSN: 1363-4607
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2009 02:30
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:05

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