In this resource, three well-known Australian commentators and authors on contemporary issues present a radical new way of thinking about the place of pornography in society. Drawing on wide-ranging empirical research, this guide shows how the production, distribution, and consumption of pornography—as well as its content, its consumers, and the public debates surrounding it—fit into the cultural context of modern society.
THE PORN REPORT is a radical new way of thinking about the place of pornography in society. The writers draw on wide-ranging empirical research to show the production, distribution and consumption of pornography, its content, its consumers and the public debates within which people make sense of it. During a groundbreaking three-year investigation, the authors conducted interviews and surveys to produce a detailed picture of the adult-content industries. They interviewed the models, photographers and distributors involved in the pornography industry to find out why they are involved and what they think of it. They have analysed the contents of bestselling videos and conducted a large-scale survey of consumers to find out who they are and what they think of the materials they watch and read. The authors do not assume pornography is a bad thing, nor do they ignore the difficult issues that surround its production and consumption. THE PORN REPORT engages with the most controversial issues relating to the industry, and provides an insight into the everyday uses of pornography by ordinary consumers, and the place of pornography in society.Catharine Lumbyis the editor ofRemote Controland the head of the media studies program at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the coauthor ofWhy TV is Good for Kidsand is the author ofBad Girls: The Media, Sex and Feminism in the 1990sandGotcha: Life in a Tabloid World.Katherine Alburyis the author ofYes Means Yes: Getting Explicit about Heterosex. She teaches media studies at the University of Sydney, Australia.Alan McKeeis the author ofAustralian Television,The Public Sphere, andTextual Analysis. He teaches in television at Queensland University of Technology.
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