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Issue 9.2


Porn and Its Uses

edited by Rebecca Holt, Darshana Sreedhar Mini and Nikola Stepić.
Porn and Its Uses

This issue contains sexually explicit imagery.

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Rebecca Holt, Darshana Sreedhar Mini, and Nikola Stepić


Prohibitory Order: Postal Regulation, Citizen-Surveillance, and the Boundaries of Obscenity

Quinn Anex-Ries

Distribution, Bars, and Arcade Stars: Joe Anthony’s Entrepreneurial Expansion in Houston’s Gay Media Industries

Finley J. Freibert

Harbord Street Histories: Feminism’s Articulations of Porn: On Good for Her and the Ground of Toronto’s Feminist Porn Awards

Bobby Noble

“A Particular Kind of Romantic Entanglement”: Kent Monkman’s Nation to Nation (2020) and the Limits of Canadian Political Pornography

Eric Weichel

“Flows of Desire”: “The Pleasure Principle” (2019), Shakedown (2017), and Pornhub’s Political/Libidinal Economy

Jennifer Moorman

Gay Amateur Porn on Twitter in the Philippines: Primitive Aesthetics and Affect

Ruepert Jiel Dionisio Cao

“Can You Toss Me That Shirt Behind You?”: Beefcakes, Ambiguous Masculinities, and Pornographic Bodies in the Video Game Coming Out on Top

Samuel Poirier-Poulin

Putting Porn Studies (Back) Into Porn Literacy

Clarissa Smith

Crossovers and Consent: Underlying Assumptions in Porn Health Protocol

Valerie Webber

Pornographic Altruism, or, How to Have Porn in a Pandemic

John Paul Stadler

Thought Pieces

Pornography’s Feminist Uses: A Conversation

Lynn Comella and Desirae Embree

A Conversation with Polish Film Director Wojciech Puś on His Project Endless

Alpesh Kantilal Patel

Make Your Own Neverland: Where Nonfiction Film Interacts with Lesbian Porn

Jasper Lauderdale

Porn Poacher: Coming Out as an Aca Porn Fan

Madita Oeming

Going Public with Pornography Studies: Lessons from Creating the Porno Cultures Podcast

Brandon Arroyo

From the Classroom to the Theatre: Public Porn Viewing as Counter-public Engagement

David Church

Porn and/as Pedagogy, Sexual Representation in the Classroom: A Curated Roundtable Discussion

Peter Alilunas, Ummni Khan, Laura Helen Marks, Thomas Waugh, and Kyler Chittick


Pornography: Bodies, Sex, and Representation

João Florêncio

Graduate Topics in Gender Studies: Porn Studies

David Church

Porn in the USA

Madita Oeming



Martha Muszycka-Jones

Skin Pleasure

Marius Packbier and Aïlien Reyns

Book Reviews

Andrea Dworkin. Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin.

Madeline Bogoch

Ricky Varghese, ed. Raw: PrEP, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Barebacking.

Antoine Damiens

Thomas Waugh and Brandon Arroyo, eds. I Confess!

Leah Steuer

Damon R. Young. Making Sex Public and Other Cinematic Fantasies.

Haley Hvdson

Elena Gorfinkel. Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 60s.

Vibhushan Subba

Susanna Paasonen, Kylie Jarrett, and Ben Light. NSFW: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media.

Maggie MacDonald

General Book Reviews

Jennifer Fay. Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene.

Matthew Ellis

Antoine Damiens. LGBTQ Film Festivals: Curating Queerness.

Matt St. John

Marc Steinberg. The Platform Economy: How Japan Transformed the Consumer Internet.

Keith B. Wagner

Vanessa R. Schwartz. Jet Age Aesthetic: The Glamour of Media in Motion.

Natalie Greenberg

Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky. The Process Genre: Cinema and the Aesthetic of Labor.

Dafna Kaufman

James Leo Cahill. Zoological Surrealism: The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé.

Zoë Anne Laks

Justus Nieland. Happiness by Design: Modernism and Media in the Eames Era.

Kyla Rose Smith


Contributors' Biographies

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