Feona Attwood

Feona Attwood is Professor of Sex, Communication and Culture at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her research is in the area of sex in contemporary culture; and in particular, in obscenity; sexualization; sexual cultures; new technologies, identity and the body; and controversial media. She is the editor of Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualisation of Western Culture (2009) and porn.com: Making Sense of Online Pornography (2010) and the co-editor of journal special issues on Controversial Images (with Sharon Lockyer, Popular Communication, 2009), Researching and Teaching Sexually Explicit Media (with I.Q. Hunter, Sexualities, 2009) and Investigating Young People’s Sexual Cultures (with Clarissa Smith, Sex Education, 2011).Her recent published work has focussed on pornography, regulation, sexual agency, new forms of leisure, and research methods. She leads an international research network on onscenity, funded by the AHRC. Her current book projects are Media, Sex and Technology and (with Vincent Campbell, I.Q. Hunter and Sharon Lockyer) Controversial Images.


The Politics of Amateurism in Online Pornography