Volume 1, Issue 1, of the journal ‘Porn Studies’ now on sale

Volume 1, Issue 1, of the journal ‘Porn Studies’ now on sale

[Ed. – We read it but only for the scholarly articles.]

The first issue of Porn Studies, an academic journal exploring “pornography, and sexual representations more generally,” has debuted.

The mere fact of its existence, which became public in mid-2013, was occasion for a media event. But the journal’s articles are serious articulations of the intersection between the concerns of media studies and those of pornography. Porn Studies is not a joke, though it seems to provide everyone with some relief to treat it as one.

That’s because so many people look at so much porn: HuffPo noted last year that porn sites get more visitors than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined. And yet the majority of Americans say looking at porn is “wrong.” Porn is a national contradiction baked into the daily ablutions of hundreds of millions of people.

This is a profoundly uncomfortable situation for a nation.

So pornography remains undertheorized. In the public sphere, there are very few serious ideas about what porn is or how it works or what it means to us, beside from the obvious.

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