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Academia does porn

If ever there was a sign of the mainstreaming of pornography, this is it: British publishing house Routledge is producing an academic journal about smut.

No, this is not the plot of another hot-for-teacher flick -- although here's hoping this journal begets its own porn parody. (I can picture it now: An orgiastic "peer-review process" and dialogue along the lines of, "I'll show you some intersextionality.) According to a recent call for papers, Porn Studies is "the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic and their cultural, economic, historical, institutional, legal and social contexts," with an emphasis on "sexuality, gender, race, class, age and ability."

The journal's editors, Feona Attwood and Clarissa Smith, are looking for papers that examine "specifically sexual and explicit media forms, their connections to wider media landscapes and their links to the broader spheres of (sex) work across historical periods and national contexts." The journal won't be published until spring of 2014 -- because peer review takes time, ya'll -- but select articles will be published online as they're ready. From the first issue, you can expect discussions of everything from obscenity trials to Australian manga to "how we think of fantasy in relation to porn," Smith told me by phone.

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