The Routledge Companion of Media, Sex and Sexuality.

(with Clarissa Smith).

Routledge. 2018.

The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality is a vibrant and authoritative exploration of the ways in which sex and sexualities are mediated in modern media and everyday life. The 40 chapters in this volume bring together a wide range of scholars afrom around the world and from different disciplinary backgrounds including cultural studies, education, history, media studies, sexuality studies and sociology.Topics include post-feminism, masculinities, media industries, queer identities, video games, media activism, music videos, sexualisation, celebrities, sport, sex-advice books, pornography and erotica, and social and mobile media.

The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality is an essential guide to the central ideas, concepts and debates currently shaping research in mediated sexualities and the connections between conceptions of sexual identity, bodies and media technologies.

Sex Media. Polity. 2018.

Media are central to our experiences and understandings of sex, whether in the form of familiar ‘mainstream’ genres, pornographies and other sex genres, or the new zones, interactions and technosexualities made possible by the internet and mobile devices.

In this engaging new book, Feona Attwood argues that to understand the significance of sex media, we need to examine them in terms of their distinctive characteristics, relationships to art and culture, and changing place in society. Observing the role that media play in relation to sex, gender, and sexuality, this book considers the regulation of sex and sexual representation, issues around the ‘sexualization of culture’, and demonstrates how a critical focus on sex media can inform debates on sex education and sexual health, as well as illuminate the relation of sex to labour, leisure, intimacy, and bodies.

Sex Media is an essential resource for students and scholars of media, culture, gender and sexuality.

This sophisticated yet highly accessible book covers key issues in studies of sex, gender and media. Attwood tackles complex issues and divisive debates with admirable clarity and with an unfailing mastery of the content matter in what should be compulsory reading for students in media and gender studies internationally.

Susanna Paasonen, University of Turku

Attwood’s Sex Media offers a rich and nuanced account of the shifting landscapes of gender, sexuality and sexual representation. Cogent and well written – it is a perfect book for undergraduate seminars in gender and sexuality studies as well as communication studies.

Danielle Egan, St. Lawrence University

Controversial Images: Media Representations on the Edge.

(with Vincent Campbell, I.Q. Hunter & Sharon Lockyer).

Palgrave. 2012.

The media are inextricable from controversy yet ‘controversy’ is an under-theorized term in studies of the media, even though controversies over specific images, from ‘video nasties’ to snapshots from Abu Ghraib, have structured our understanding of the media’s power, seductiveness and dangers. This collection offers a series of case studies of recent media controversies and draws on new perspectives in cultural studies to consider a wide variety of types of image, including newspaper cartoons, advertising and fashion photography, music videos, photojournalism, news media, art works, hardcore porn film, anime, horror and exploitation movies, video games, and YouTube reaction videos. In the current climate when images appear to be increasingly controversial, it is important that media controversies are not made the excuse for greater censorship and the demonization of ‘dangerous’ images and the audiences that consume them. The case studies in this book suggest how we might achieve a more subtle understanding of controversial images and negotiate the difficult terrain of the new media landscape. Making Sense of Online Pornography

Digital Formations/Peter Lang. 2010.

Pornography has always been central to debates about sex and emerging new media technologies. Today, debate is increasingly focused on online pornographies. This collection examines pornography’s significance as a focus of definition, debate, and myth; its development as a mainstream entertainment industry; and the emergence of the new economy of Porn 2.0, and of new types of porn labor and professionalism. It looks at porn style behind the scenes of straight hardcore, in gay, lesbian, and queer pornographies, in shock sites, and in amateur erotica, and investigates the rise of the online porn fan community, the sex blogger, the erotic rate-me site and the visual cultures of swingers. Treating these developments as part of a broader set of economic and cultural transformations, this book argues that new porn practices reveal much about contemporary and competing views of sex and the self, the real and the body, culture, and commerce.

‘’ is an outstanding contribution to the emerging field of online porn studies, examining the intersection of online sociability and erotic content, and providing important insights about both. Online fan cultures and a democratization of production have affected the porn industry as they have all sectors of the communication industry, but these new forms represent a diverse range of practices, values, and challenges that defy attempts at reductive description. The chapters of ‘’ provide a tour of this new and rapidly changing erotic landscape, and a detailed analysis of the contexts in which these interactions take place. The collection should be of interest not only to those who are engaged in porn studies, but to anyone who wants to understand the broad range of contexts in which online interaction takes place.

Alex Halavais, Quinnipiac University

This anthology positions net porn at the throbbing centre of society. If you’re ready for some uncensored scholarship on porn cultures in the digital age, this is the reader for you. Beyond good or evil, ‘’ provides us with a broad overview of topics such as child pornography, the working conditions of porn professionals, Web 2.0 cultures, extreme imagery, image rating, and insights into the online ‘swinging’ world.

Geert Lovink, Insitute of Network Cultures.

its approach makes for an original, richly detailed work that is replicated nowhere else. gives a fascinating insight into a world that is generally hidden from view but that is an important part of our digital economy.

Alison Adam

Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture

I.B.Tauris. 2009.

Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture.

I.B.Tauris. 2009.

The terms ‘sexualization’ and ‘mainstreaming’ are used to describe the ways in which sex is becoming more visible in contemporary Western cultures. This collection is an examination of the sexualization of contemporary culture which draws on the insights of media and cultural studies. It begins with a look at the pornosphere, a thoroughly sexualized landscape where representational forms are mutating, demanding new forms of analysis and understanding. and  the process of ‘pornographication’, tracing the development of a fascination with porn’s content and style in a wide range of cultural forms – high and popular art, mainstream film and art house cinema, television and musical theatre – where porn themes and imagery are increasingly commonplace and increasingly unable to shock us. The second section of the book investigates mainstream representations in more detail. The final section of the collection turns to the question of social responses to sexualization, examining the ways different groups of people are engaging with the mainstreaming of sex and focusing on young people and women who are often seen as the ‘victims’ of sexualization.

As this collection shows, the mainstreaming of sex raises questions about the role of the media, technology, leisure, commerce, education and popular culture in producing sexual practices, identities, relationships and ethics. Sexualization is impacting on the way we think about sex. It is becoming central to the way we develop our sexual knowledge and to the way we see ourselves and the world. It has significant implications for sex education, media literacy, social and cultural analysis and political activism. It poses a series of interesting and important challenges for researchers, educators, legislators, policy makers and academics – and for all of us as individuals and as sexual citizens.