Porn laid bare: gay men, pornography and bareback sex

Mowlabocus, Sharif, Harbottle, Justin and Witzel, Charlie (2013) Porn laid bare: gay men, pornography and bareback sex. Sexualities, 16 (5-6). pp. 523-547. ISSN 1363-4607

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This article details the preliminary findings from Porn Laid Bare, a collaborative research project between the University of Sussex and the Terrence Higgins Trust, Brighton. We explore the multidimensional relationship that respondents identified as having formed with pornographic material, together with its role within gay male subculture. We then consider how interview respondents understood and conceptualised bareback pornography. Our findings reveal consistent contradictions between general discussions of gay pornography and specific discussions of bareback representations. Utilising Dean’s (2009) work on bareback subculture and the ‘ambivalent gift’, we develop a critical reading of these contradictions in order to identify the methods by which the anxieties and pleasures of bareback pornography were handled by respondents.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0012 Sexual life > HQ0019 Sexual behaviour and attitudes. Sexuality
Depositing User: Sarah Maddox
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 11:46
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2014 13:31
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