This is from an email I received yesterday. Obviously by publishing it here I’m not trying to imply that I think you lot are a bunch of porn aficionados or anything (she says diplomatically), but, well, if you are, please do fill out the entirely anonymous survey monkey. I’ll be really interested to see the results from this one…

“I am a postdoc researcher based in Bradford. My PhD thesis is on the phenomenon of Porn Chic in club flyers and my research interest lies in representations of gender in the media; pornography, culture and everything “in between”.

I am currently collaborating on an international online survey on sexuality, pornography and culture with Dr. Chyng Sun, a Media Researcher from NYU.

Dr. Sun is a Clinical Associate Professor of Media Studies, McGhee Division, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University. She is also a documentary filmmaker.

Her published work on pornography includes:

Sun, C. Co-Producer, C0-Director and Writer. The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships, 2008 & 2010 (two versions). Documentary Film.

Bridges, A., Wosnitzer, R., Scharrer, E., Sun, C., & Liberman, R. (2010). Aggression and Sexual behavior in best-selling pornography videos: A Content analysis update. Violence Against Women. (In Press).  

Sun, C., Wosnitzer, R., Bridges, A., Scharrer, E., & Liberman, R.  (2010). Harder and Harder…: The Content Analysis of Popular Pornographic Movies in Victims of sexual assault and abuse:  Resources and responses for individuals and families, edited by Michelle Maludi & Florence Denmark, Praeger Publisher.

Sun, C., Bridges, A., Scharrer, E., Wosnitzer, R., & Liberman, R. (2008). A comparison of male and female directors in pornography: What happens when women are at the helm? Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32 (3): 312-325.  

After doing research on the porn industry, and on the content of pornography, Sun started focusing on the audiences. In small scale interviews (35 people), she found some interesting patterns and would like to see if they also showed up in big surveys., i.e. if connections between people’s consumption of porn and their sexual desires/imaginations and even behaviours can be found.

The online survey is being conducted in a dozen countries worldwide. I am the collaborator for both Germany and the UK. For each of the countries we are aiming for a minimum of 200 participants. The questionnaire has been uploaded to surveymonkey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cultureandexperienceEngland

I was wondering if you could maybe announce/write about this survey on your blog and share the link with friends, family and colleagues…”

My pleasure; consider it done.

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