Over the last ten years, I have worked with colleagues to identify ways to better regulate pornography and to undertake research improving our knowledge of the content of mainstream online pornography.
How much sexual violence is in mainstream porn?
My latest research with Fiona Vera-Gray and colleagues has found that 1 in 8 titles on the landing pages of the most popular porn websites describe sexually violent pornography. This research is free to access and download from the British Journal of Criminology. This research raises serious questions about the extent of criminal material freely advertised on mainstream pornography websites, the accountability of porn companies and the efficacy of current regulatory measures. Read more in our Research & Policy Briefing
This research was widely reported including in the Sunday Times. We’ve published two blogs with our preliminary findings: on voyeurism images and how porn company Terms & Conditions are ‘works of fiction’.
Criminalising extreme pornography:
These two projects build on my long-standing research in this area with Erika Rackley that justifies using the criminal law to criminalise the possession of extreme pornography on the basis of its cultural harm. We have worked closely with MPs and MSPs, policy-makers, charities and campaign organisations to support the introduction of new laws criminalising the possession of extreme pornography, particularly pornographic images of rape. I’ve engaged in public debate to raise awareness, with my comments and recommendations being widely cited across the media debates, including being quoted in The Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and on the BBC. I’ve also participated in debates on BBC’s Woman’s Hour and Law in Action.
Should porn be on the school curriculum? I participated in a BBC TV debate on this topic, and set out my recommendations in this blog: should porn be on the school curriculum.
I’ve also blogged about how watching porn in public is a modern form of street harassment.