The implications of pornification: pornography, the mainstream, and false equivalences

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This chapter is concerned with how contemporary understandings of pornography and pornification limit the possibility and legitimacy of feminist critique. This comes from a long-standing frustration that some feminist disagreement about pornography derives from scholars working with different objects as pornography (Boyle 2000), and a newer frustration with the implications of ‘pornification’ discourse, in particular the way in which it renders pornography synonymous with ‘sex’ (Boyle 2014a, Tyler and Quek 2016).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence
EditorsNancy Lombard
Place of PublicationOxon
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2017


  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • pornography
  • pornification
  • feminism

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