Is There a New Normal? Young People Negotiate Pornification

  • Monique Mulholland


The emergence of a pornified aesthetic across popular, media and consumer cultures — a trend commonly termed ‘pornification’ — has generated virulent public panics, chiefly focused on harm, danger and children (Tankard-Reist, 2008; Dines, 2010). These concerns have translated into focused public policy initiatives in Western nations, generating a series of government reports (Egan & Hawkes, 2008). In response to such panic-fuelled public and policy discourses, some interesting questions arise about the mainstreamed presence of porn in public spaces. Have representations of explicit sex really become such a ‘normalized’, commonplace feature of young people’s cultural worlds? What happens when the illicit attains a publicness? Does this publicness translate into an ‘anything goes’ ethos for young people?


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