Cybersex & Cyberporn

Cybersexuality and cyberpornography have both sparked a great deal of controversy. The Internet has on the one hand opened up a new terrain of very "safe sex," and a positive space for sexual non-conformists. At the same time, it has negatively impacted many offline relations, and provided a new space for sexual predation and sexual exploitation of all kinds.

The Internet has also played the major role in what some call the "mainstreaming of pornography," the movement of porn from the dark corners of society into millions of homes. Pornography not only raises issues of sexual morality, but also has been deeply tied to an era of increased human sexual trafficking. Some argue it is impossible to partake of online pornography without indirectly supporting sexual exploitation. Others argue that "sex work" is often a choice, rather than a compelled activity, though all acknowledge that exploitative sex trafficking exists and is the basis of a significant amount of online pornographic content.

Some argue for censorship of online porn, but most critics opt instead for advancing better cultural education about licit and illicit sex industries, and the diverse, complex impacts of consuming pornography. The articles, books, and websites cited below take up these various concerns from a variety of perspectives.

Books and Articles on Cybersex and Cyberporn

Biever, Celeste. "The irresistible Rise of Cybersex." New Scientist 190 (2006):30-32.

Boies, Sylvain, et al. "The Internet, Sex, and Youths: Implications for Sexual Development." Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity 11.4 (2004): 343-363.

Chow-White, P. A. "Race, Gender and Sex on the Net: Semantic Networks of Selling and Storytelling Sex Tourism." Media Culture Society 28.6 (2006): 883-905.

Cronin, B and E. Davenport, "E-Rogenous Zones: Positioning Pornography in the Digital Economy." The Information Society 17 (2001): 33–48.

Döring, Nicola. "Feminist Views of Cybersex: Victimization, Liberation, and Empowerment." CyberPsychology and Behavior 3.5 (2000): 863-884.

Fisher, William A. and Azy Barak. "Internet pornography: a social psychological perspective on internet sexuality." Journal of Sex Research 38.4 (2001): 312-323.

Griffiths, Mark. "Sex on the Internet: Observations and Implications for Internet Sex Addiction." The Journal of Sex Research 38.4 (2001): 333-342.

Harrison, Christine. "Cyberspace and Child Abuse Images: A Feminist Perspective." Affilia 21.4 (2006): 365-379.

Jacobs, Katrien. "Pornography in Small Places and Other Spaces." Cultural Studies 18.1 (2004): 67-83

Lambiase, Jacqueline. "Codes of Online Sexuality: Celebrity, Gender and Marketing on the Web." Sexuality and Culture 7.3 (2003):57-78.

Lillie, Jonathan James McCreadie. "Cyberporn, Sexuality, and the Net Apparatus." Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 10.1 (2004) 43-65.

Padgett, Paige M. "Personal Safety and Sexual Safety for Women Using Online Personal Ads." Sexuality Research and Social Policy Journal of NSRC 4.2: (2007): 27-37.

Parker, Trent S. and Karen S. Wampler. "How Bad Is It? Perceptions of the Relationship Impact of Different Types of Internet Sexual Activities." Contemporary Family Therapy 25.4 (2003): 415-429

Peter, Jochen and Patti M. Valkenburg. "Adolescents’ Exposure to Sexually Explicit Material on the Internet." Communication Research 33.2 (2006): 178-204

Podlas, Kimberlianne. "Mistresses of Their Domain: How Female Entrepreneurs in Cyberporn Are Initiating a Gender Power Shift." CyberPsychology and Behavior 3.5 (2000): 847-854.

Pramod, Nayar. The Sexual Internet EconPapers (2008). Excellent, wide-ranging discussion of both the liberatory and exploitative dimensions of cybersexuality and cyberporn.

Rajagopal, Indhu and Nis Bojin. The Globalization of Prurience First Monday 9.1 (2004).

Ross, Michael W. "Typing, Doing, and Being: Sexuality and the Internet." Journal of Sex Research 42.4 (2005): 342-352.

Watson, Lori. "Pornography and Public Reason." Social Theory and Practice 33.3 (2007):467-488.

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