Welcome to the Living With Porn(ography) project website. On here you’ll find information and updates about the project, the project blog, and contact details.
Living With Porn(ography): Women’s Experiences of Pornography was a research project conducted as part of a PhD in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. It investigated, together with the women who participated, what women’s varying experiences of pornography are, and their feelings, opinions and thoughts on it. The project ran from May 2017 – January 2018 and was conducted through a regularly meeting research group and interviews. The research is currently being written up into a thesis.
This research was open to all self defining women, and was receptive to all opinions and feelings on pornography: positive, negative, indifferent and everything in between. This research also welcomed and invited all different experiences of pornography.
Pornography has long been a controversial issue within society, and continues to be so today. The growth of the internet and the development of new technologies have made pornography more available and accessible than ever before. There is much discussion about the impact that pornography has on women, and contradictory accounts of its positive and negative implications. Despite this, very little research asks women about how they experience this for themselves. This research sought to challenge that, and asked women how they felt about pornography directly.