‘In my day we didn’t have sex education, we just picked up what we could off the television’ – Victoria Wood

Screening Sex is an academic blog curated by Darren Kerr and Donna Peberdy.

We publish research articles, opinion pieces, interviews and reviews on a range of topics related to sex on screen and sexual cultures for a wide and varied readership. The idea behind ‘screening sex’ follows Linda Williams‘ dual notion of the physical screen (representation across film, television, web) and screening to conceal, evaluate or investigate.

With an international network of over fifty members we continue to encourage a broad range of critical, contextual and cultural methodologies to sex on screen, drawing on cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research as well as encouraging intersectional observations and approaches. Alongside analytical considerations of representational strategies, we also welcome work that examines the approaches and changes encountered in industry practice, production techniques, as well as changing modes of exhibition and new strategies of distribution. We would also like to engage with and support the work of creative practitioners, visual artists and filmmakers exploring sex on screen in various styles, forms and approaches.

Through our Network and Publications pages, we are also looking to establish a space that connects writers, researchers and creative practitioners working in the area.

We are also an official Special Interest Group for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS).  Details of our SIG and current panel membership can be found here.

Interested in contributing to the blog, joining our network or BAFTSS SIG or have a publication, cfp or event to promote? Contact us via the website or email screeningsex@gmail.com.

sex on screen; sex and representation; sex and sexual cultures; sex, sexualities and sexual identity; sexualisation; sex in/and the mainstream; reel/real sex; alternative sex and sexualities; transgression, deviance and sexual perversion; pornography; sexually explicit media; sex crime; sex work; the sexual body; performance; censorship; consumption; politics and culture; discourse and debate.


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