ABSTRACT

The book investigates how teenage girls in South Africa encounter and consume pornography, situating their experiences within wider sociocultural and affective relations of power. It focuses on South African teenage girls’ online playful and pleasurable pursuits as they explore and expand upon their sexual curiosities.

The book directs us to the multi-layered meanings around porn, in this digital moment, as an everyday normative experience. The book takes on an interdisciplinary approach drawing and is inspired by new feminist materialism and assemblage theorising. It argues that girls’ online playful adventures are a critical site for learning, developing, and negotiating relationships and diverse meanings of gender and sexuality. These meanings are constitutive of pleasure and the pursuit of learning sexually, but they also provide a launchpad for girls to contest race, gender, and heterosexual domination while opening up online porn to broader interrogation and critique.

The book will be of interest to researchers across African studies, sociology, psychology, anthropology, youth gender and sexuality studies, porn studies and childhood studies.

Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: What are Girls Learning from Porn?

Chapter 2: Block Porn and Play Porn: Power, Pleasure and Possibilities

Chapter 3: "Dirty Work": The Politics of Researching Teenage Girls and Porn

Chapter 4: Porn Pops: "Ten or Eleven, I Already Knew What Sex Was"

Chapter 5: Porn Puzzles: Sexual Things, Feeling Things, and Unrealistic Things

Chapter 6: Porn for Pleasure: Pleasure for Men?

Chapter 7: Queer Assemblages: Girls Figuring Out Sexuality and Porn

Chapter 8: Porn Race(s): White, Long Hair, Nice Boobs, and Always Young

Chapter 9: Porn Conversations: "I’m Curious, You’re Curious, Let’s Be Curious Together"

Index