CFP: Porn Studies Forum

Call For Papers: Porn Studies Forum
“Pornography & Public Health”

Several American states have recently passed resolutions declaring pornography to be a “public health crisis”; a slew of popular media sources lament the “epidemic” of pornography “addiction”; lobbyists and elected officials implore national governments in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to investigate and address the “public health” impact of pornography consumption. Pornography is reemerging as a potent and contentious focal point. However, unlike previous iterations of the porn wars, the debate is now couched firmly within the ostensibly value-free language of “health”.

The definition and promotion of “health” – what it is, how to cultivate it, and the consequences of failing to do so – always entails some moral dimension. Is the current treatment of pornography simply a conscious reframing of traditional moral sexual imperatives in order to gain popular traction? Or is there something else at play? Regardless of motives, what are the potential consequences of framing pornography within the language of “public health”, and what other rhetorical moves have enabled this trend to explode with such force?

Porn Studies journal is now seeking contributions for a Forum section on the subject of Pornography and Public Health. Forum articles are short thought pieces of approximately 1500 words in length.
If interested, submit your 250 word abstract to valerie.webber@mail.mcgill.ca by May 19, 2017. Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, and email. If accepted, final submissions will be due August 11, 2017.

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