‘We hid porn magazines in the nearby woods’: Memory-Work and Pornography Consumption in Finland

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Abstract

This article presents the key findings of a Finnish memory-work project conducted in 2012 on consumer experiences and associations related to pornography. The memory-work material points to a high degree of reflexivity in definitions of pornographic preference as well as to drastic shifts in the ubiquity of pornography from the pre-1990s ‘age of scarcity’ to the current ‘age of plenty.’ At the same time, contributors' narratives of childhood experiences of finding and collecting pornography complicate public concerns on early access to porn as specific to digital media. By drawing on original research, the article considers the possibilities of memory-work as a method for exploring the connections between personal everyday encounters with pornography, technological developments, and transformations in media regulation across decades.

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Authors
  • Laura Saarenmaa
  • Susanna Paasonen
  • Katariina Kyrölä
  • Kaarina Nikunen
Organisations
External organisations
  • University of Turku
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • History
  • Media Studies
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-412
JournalSexualities
Volume18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes