Rethinking the effects paradigm in porn studies

McNair, Brian (2014) Rethinking the effects paradigm in porn studies. Porn Studies, 1(1/2), pp. 161-171.

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It has been an assumption of most anti-pornography discourse that porn damages women (and children) in a variety of ways. In Porno? Chic!, the author interrogated this assumption by examining the correlation between the incidence of sexual violence and other indicators of misogyny, and the availability and accessibility of pornography within a number of societies. This article develops that work with a specific focus on the regulatory environment as it relates to pornography and sexual representation. Does a liberal regulatory regime in sexual culture correlate with a relatively advanced state of sexual politics in a given country? Conversely, does an illiberal regime, where pornography and other forms of sexual culture are banned or severely restricted, correlate with relatively strong patriarchal structures? A comparative cross-country analysis seeks to explain the correlations identified, and to assess the extent to which the availability of porn can be viewed as a causal or a consequential characteristic of those societies where feminism has achieved significant advances.

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ID Code: 69160
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sexuality, media, pornography, effects, regulation
DOI: 10.1080/23268743.2013.870306
ISSN: 2326-8751
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2014 01:02
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2015 07:56

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