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July 28, 2016

Porn Labour Issue Of Routledge’s ‘Porn Studies’ Journal Released

NEW YORK—Scholarly journal Porn Studies has released a special issue—Volume 3, Issue 2: Porn Labour—co-edited by Rebecca Sullivan, University of Calgary Professor and co-author of Pornography: Structures, Agency and Performance, and Jiz Lee, adult performer and producer at Pink & White Productions, and editor of Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection, and Privacy. Porn Studies is published by Routledge, a global publisher of academic books, journals and online resources int he humanities and social sciences. "Like all workers, issues of self-determination, autonomy, dignity, respect, and fair compensation are paramount," Lee and Sullivan write in their editor introduction. "The fact that these fundamental human rights are often claimed to not apply to sex workers – either because they are undeserving or because the industry is incapable of meeting those demands—is, we argue, the worst kind of abuse." Prefaced by an editorial by Smith and Attwood, and an introduction by editors Lee and Sullivan, the issue includes six articles: “Pornography as a creative industry: challenging the exceptionalist approach to pornography,” “Performing labour: ethical spectatorship and the communication of labour conditions in pornography,” “Bucking heteronormativity: Buck Angel as porn performer, producer and pedagogue,” “Doing it for free: digital labour and the fantasy of amateur online pornography,” “‘A scene is just a marketing tool’: alternative income streams in porn’s gig economy” and “Producing the porn self: an introspection of the mainstream Greek porn industry.” Forum pieces are “Porn–artifice–performance–and the problem of authenticity” and “Sex/work,” and book reviews include Coming Out Like A Porn Star: Essays On Pornography, Protection, And Privacy; Stigma And The Shaping Of The Pornography Industry; and Pornography: Structures, Agency and Performance. "To me, the best research in porn studies happens when scholars and professionals work together," said co-editor Rebecca Sullivan. "I learned so much from Jiz not just about labour practices in the porn industry, but also about my own academic standards and expectations, and how I can do better."  "Rebecca was my academic lodestar," writes co-editor Jiz Lee. "I was honored to be invited as a co-editor, but found the task challenging: obstacles preventing performer participation seemed inherent in research, outreach, and publication. Fortunately, Rebecca and I were able to articulate this arduous position in our introduction, and we plan to explore it further in a forthcoming issue. Regardless, this special issue exposes labour rights as a prevalent topic within the adult industry and pushes cultural conversations in a direction that prioritizes workers." Helmed by U.K. scholars Feona Attwood and Clarissa Smith, Porn Studies is “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 attention towards “the intersection of sexuality, gender, race, class, age and ability.”  Past issues include articles by scholars Linda Williams, Lynn Comella, and Chauntelle Anne Tibbals, and works by producers and performers such as Ms. Naughty and Stoya. Porn Studies Special Issue: Porn Labour comes at a timely release as the industry's workers unite to educate California voters against November ballot Proposition 60, an initiative strong-armed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and that, in rejecting performer cooperation, proves harmful if it passes. As Lee and Sullivan write: "When decisions about workers’ rights are determined in contexts that exclude the actual affected workers, then workers are placed at high risk." Porn Studies can be accessed at Taylor&FrancisOnline.    Pictured: Behind the scenes at CrashPad Series (Photo courtesy of CrashPadSeries.com)

 
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