There’s a Journal for Everything

Jim Burroway

May 13th, 2013

Or, there soon will be:

Porn Studies, to be published by Routledge starting in 2014, is described as “the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic and their cultural, economic, historical, institutional, legal and social contexts,” with particular attention to “the intersection of sexuality, gender, race, class, age and ability.”

The journal, edited by two British academics, Feona Attwood and Clarissa Smith, has already inspired some hearty scholarly endorsements. “We have waited a long time for an academic journal that treats the subject of the representation of human sexuality with the seriousness it deserves,” Julie Peakman, a historian at the University of London and the author of “Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in 18th-Century England,” said in a statement. “I look forward to a lively and disciplined debate across different disciplines.”


May 13th, 2013

JSTOR will never be the same again.


May 13th, 2013

I hope they dedicate some xtra time to “graphs” and….data gathering.


May 13th, 2013

Finally somewhere to publish my article: “Bareback as a postmodern power trope of minority reflections on neo-liberal globalization in the context of antihegemonic postcorporatism vis-a-vis the prostructural dialectics of cheerleader on cheerleader snuff films”

The Lauderdale

May 14th, 2013

To be serious for a moment, it’s about time. I’m actually a little disturbed that there wasn’t a journal for it before.

Jim Burroway

May 14th, 2013

Papers about porn have appeared in other journals elsewhere, including the Archives of Sexual Behavior(which is the most prominent journal about sexuality), The Journal of Homosexuality, and others. So its not like the topic isn’t under academic study.

If you’ve ever gone to a university library, you’ll find that there are literally thousands of social science and mental health journals. Nearly all of them publishing at least quarterly, and many bimonthly or monthly. Add to that the countless online electronic journals that are popping up, and I have to wonder about the quality of the average paper that gets published. Actually, I don’t have to wonder; I’ve seen the papers, and as a scientist I would have to say that quite a lot of them are crap. If someone’s not getting published in this environment, then their work must truly be awful. One more journal just means that there’s a venue for more crap — which wasn’t able to make its way into other journals — can now be published.


May 14th, 2013

Graham: Your proposed title is a little disappointing, and in fact bathetic (and yes, I do mean bathetic, as in “takes a dive”). Surely there are ways to express the concept of “cheerleader on cheerleader snuff films” in far more words and with far less chance that anybody would be able to figure out what you’re talking about. After all, the jargon of Theory Studies is intended to impress, not to communicate.

The Lauderdale

May 15th, 2013

“Papers about porn have appeared in other journals elsewhere, including the Archives of Sexual Behavior(which is the most prominent journal about sexuality), The Journal of Homosexuality, and others. So its not like the topic isn’t under academic study.”

Isn’t it a big enough topic to warrant study in its own right, though, as opposed to under something else? It seems to me as if pornography is a nexus for a lot of matter as well.

“If you’ve ever gone to a university library […] ”

Gone to several; worked in one; continue to assist patrons in finding journal articles as a public librarian. Your point about the insane proliferation of information (crap included) is taken, but I do think there is probably a place for an academic journal squarely focused on pornography. The success or professionalism of this one remains to be seen.

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