What we talk about when we talk about porn
Finding space in the sex wars
With over 2,000 survey respondents and 100 interviewees, emerging findings are already suggesting that traditional ‘knowledge’ about women and pornography is out of step with women’s experiences in the UK today.
Survey closed. Analysis open.
The positions of 'sex positive' and its unnamed counterpart 'sex negative' exist as unhelpful abstractions. Distractions, when what we need to do is work in the space between to open out the feminist 'sex wars'.
Porn as a lived relation
The survey has closed after 3 months with a total of 2,042 respondents showing a huge range in personal characteristics, positions on pornography, and individual experiences.
What do we know?
We are used to thinking about pornography as a product, text, or speech. Sometimes as a practice. But definitely as a distinct objective 'thing' that we, the living breathing subject, act on. We do not think of pornography as a lived relation, but this might be a useful way to start conceptualising it.
Why women on porn?
We don't know very much about women and pornography. We know even less from research conducted outside of laboratory studies. This is a little taster of what we know already.
There is a lack of attention paid to the range of women's views and experiences of pornography and their myriad relationships - as users, refusers, and their myriad combinations over a woman's sexual biography - together. This project seeks to change that.