Everyday Pornographies: Pornification and Commercial Sex

Jun 21st, 2015
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There is a prevailing trend in both popular and academic writing on pornography to map what has been labelled the “pornification” or “pornographication” of the mainstream – that is, the ways in which the aesthetics and explicitness of pornography infiltrate mainstream culture.

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Everyday Pornographies: Pornification and Commercial Sex There is a prevailing trend in both popular and academic writing on pornography to map what has been labelled the pornification or pornographication of the mainstream that is, the ways in which the aesthetics and explicitness of pornography infiltrate mainstream culture. At its most useful (such as in the work of Gail Dines and colleagues) such work enables us to identify and understand a pornographic continuum and examine how mainstream stories about sex are being filtered through a pornographic lens. However, I have been thinking recently about what is lost politically and intellectually in this emphasis on the ubiquity rather than specificity of porn. In reflecting on everyday pornography in this paper, I want to think about the everyday in two distinct - but I hope, politically and intellectually connected ways. First, I will argue that framing pornographys everyday or dominant form as a form of commercial sex is a useful political strategy that allows us to re-engage with feminist analyses of porn as a practice rather than simply a text. Second, I want to think abou

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