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New Book: Selling Sex Short

1 Nov

Apparently the book cover is the choice of the publisher, and definitely not the preference of the author!

Dr. Meagan Tyler, who some may know through her work as a tutor at Melbourne Uni, has recently had her new book published: ‘Selling Sex Short: The pornographic and sexological construction of sexuality in the West‘. The information below is from the page about the book on the Cambridge Scholars Publishing website, where you can also read a sample PDF and order a copy.

Pornography and the ‘science of sex’ – sexology – are redefining sexuality in the West today, but is the model of sexuality promoted by these two industries selling sex short? In this, the first book to fully investigate the connections between the industries of pornography and sexology, they are found to promote a very similar type of sexual ideal.

Sex therapists now recommend hard-core pornography to patients and porn stars have become sex-advice ‘experts’ offering bestselling self-help books. With reports of the increasing ‘pornification’ of popular culture and an epidemic of ‘Female Sexual Dysfunction,’ it is more important than ever to understand the influence of pornography and sexology on our sexual lives.

Through a feminist critique of current trends in pornography, in sexological research, and in sex self-help books, it is shown that the type of sex being promoted by these industries closely resembles the model of sex found in systems of prostitution. This is a model in which women are bought and sold and yet it is being held up as an ideal for couples to mimic in their everyday heterosexual relationships. Ultimately, this is an unethical model of sexuality that sells sex short.

There was recently a book launch held at Melbourne Uni but unfortunately we did not hear about it in time to post a heads up. But if you attended, let us know how it went!

Meagan Tyler is a Lecturer in Sociology at Victoria University, Australia. She has presented her research on women’s sexuality at conferences around the world and her research has been published in Women’s Studies International Forum and Women and Therapy. She is also a member of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia.


Feminist discussion group: Sex work, pornography, safety and empowerment

23 Oct

hi everyone,

monday’s feminist discussion group will be concerning some anti-prostitution flyers that were placed in the wom*n’s room. Many wom*n felt uncomfortable with these flyers, and others support them– the bottom line is that there really ought to be a discussion about it! The issue was brought up at WAC, and we’re unsure who put them there, but think that it’d be constructive to have a proper chat about what we think!

so please come along for a safe and open discussion about sex work, pornography, our attitudes towards it and wom*n’s empowerment and safety in these areas. any wom*n are welcome regardless of your level of knowledge on the subject, but be sure not to assume that people in the room may or may not be sex workers themselves.

we hope that the wom*n’s room can always stay somewhere that’s welcoming to all wom*n, and that we can remain proactive in discussing important issues. this will also be the last feminist discussion group for the semester, so it’d be great to have everyone along.

what: feminist discussion group – sex work
when: monday 12pm
where: wom*n’s room
why: in response to anti-sex work flyers being placed in the room, but also because it’s a big issue that could do with discussing!

hope to see you there!

Event: Big Porn, Inc.

5 Sep

book cover: black background with 'big porn inc' in capital red and white text

A new book, Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Porn Industry, is being launched at the moment, and a talk will take place at:

Faculty Function Room
John Medley Building
Melbourne University
Tuesday, 13th September from 5:30 – 7pm.


Now, this may a bit of a controversial event (and book) as there are many within the UMSU Wom*n’s Dept (and outside it) who have differing perspectives on pornography, the variety of feminist responses to it, and especially some of the writers who have contributed to this book. The event is posted here in the interests of impartiality and exposure for all feminist-related stuff happening on campus.

Hopefully the event/book will be thought-provoking no matter where you stand. If anyone wants to attend, perhaps we could incorporate this into Feminist Discussion Group.

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