Clarissa Smith


Arts& Creative Indus (F) - Media& Communications(S)

Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies

Sexuality, Media, Pornography, Young People, Audiences, Censorship

My research has focused on the texts and contexts of sexually explicit media and sexual practices. I am a founding member of the Onscenity Network – an international network responding to public concerns about the visibility of sex in commerce, culture and everyday life. I am particularly interested in the deployment of normative accounts of ‘healthy sexual development’ in campaigns to limit access to pornography (and more mainstream media) and, in particular, current anxieties about 'addictions to pornography' and an attendant rise in ‘unnatural’ sexual practices. I am a founding co-editor of the Routledge journal Porn Studies - you can read about it here: My research interests cover: · All aspects of sexuality and sexual reprmore...

2002 University of Sussex, DPhil Culture and Communications 1995 University of the West of England, Bristol, MA Women’s Studies 1985 Bristol Polytechnic, BA (Hons) Humanities

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  1. Smith, Clarissa, Attwood, Feona and Barker, Martin (2017) Porn Audiences Online. In: Digital Media: Transformations in Human Communication. Peter Lang, New York, pp. 235-244. ISBN 978-1-4331-3956-7
  2. Smith, Clarissa and Taylor Harman, Sarah (2017) ”I want James Deen to Deen Me with his Deen”: The multi-layered stardom of James Deen. In: Revisiting Star Studies. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 261-278. ISBN 9781474404310
  3. Smith, Clarissa (2016) Pornography. In: The Oxford Handbook of Sex Offences and Sex Offenders. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780190213633
  4. Smith, Clarissa and Kennedy, Julia (2013) ‘His Soul Shatters at About 0:23: Self-Scaring and Hyberbolic Shock in YouTube Reaction Videos’. In: Controversial Images. Palgrave MacMillan, London, pp. 239-253. ISBN 978-0-230-28405-0
  5. Smith, Clarissa (2017) ‘A Mother’s Love Cannot Be Denied: Ma Mere’. In: Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversities. I B Tauris, London, pp. 159-176. ISBN 9781780761954
  6. Smith, Clarissa, Attwood, Feona and Barker, Martin (2018) ‘I’m just curious and still exploring myself’: Young people and pornography. New Media and Society. ISSN 14614448
  7. Smith, Clarissa and Attwood, Feona, eds. (2018) The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality. Routledge, London and New York.
  8. Smith, Clarissa, Attwood, Feona and Barker, Martin (2015) Figuring the Porn Audience. In: New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics and the Law. Praeger, Santa Barbara USA, pp. 267-285. ISBN 9781440828058
  9. Smith, Clarissa (2016) Sleazy Strip-Joints and Perverse Porn Circuses: The Remediation of Grindhouse Aesthetics in the porn productions of Jack the Zipper. In: Grindhouse: Transcultural Exchange on 42nd Street and Beyond. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 217-235. ISBN 9781628927450
  10. Smith, Clarissa and Attwood, Feona (2013) Emotional Truths and Thrilling Slide Shows: The Resurgence of Antiporn Feminism. In: The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. The Feminist Press New York, New York, pp. 41-57. ISBN 9781558618183