Porn Studies

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Porn Studies  
Edited byFeona Attwood, Clarissa Smith
Publication details
Publication history
Standard abbreviations
Porn Stud.
ISSN2326-8743 (print)
2326-8751 (web)
OCLC no.828410289

Porn Studies is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal covering the study of pornography. It is published by Routledge and was established in 2014. The editors-in-chief are Feona Attwood (Middlesex University) and Clarissa Smith (University of Sunderland).

In a call for papers, the editors described the journal as "the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic".

Reception and review[edit]

Writing in The Guardian, John Dugdale considered the journal's appearance to be an implicit criticism of cultural studies' failure to investigate pornography, a reflection of the dispute in second-wave feminism between supporters and opponents of pornography. The newspaper associated the editors with the former position, as for example represented by Angela Carter.[1]

The announcement of the journal's establishment was criticized by anti-pornography campaigners. Gail Dines, a leading anti-pornography activist, compared Attwood and Smith to "climate change deniers" and "cheerleaders for the industry".[2]

Lily Rothman of Time magazine commented that "anyone looking for titillation is likely to be disappointed. (Unless what turns you on is sociological analysis, in which case—it's your lucky day.)"[3] According to Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic, "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."[4]


  1. ^ Dugdale, John (2 May 2013). "Porn studies is the new discipline for academics: first peer-reviewed journal invites experts to contribute in time for spring debut". Books. The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2016-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  2. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (15 June 2013). "Porn wars: the debate that's dividing academia". Arts. Guardian (UK). Archived from the original on 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  3. ^ Rothman, Lily (21 March 2014). "The Porn Studies journal is a real thing—and I read it". Entertainment. Time. Archived from the original on 2017-04-03. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  4. ^ Madrigal, Alexis C. (21 March 2014). "Why it's time for the journal of Porn Studies". Technology. Atlantic. Archived from the original on 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2017-12-08. Porn is everywhere, thanks to the Internet’s effective distribution, and finally scholars have a venue for considering the phenomenon seriously.

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