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July 7, 2018

Sex and Journalism: Beyond the ‘Dirty Dons’ and Randy Royals’ Syndrome

Filed under: Blogroll, News, ethical space editors blog, Headlines, journalism — news_editor @ 10:04 am

Edited by Sue Joseph and Richard Lance Keeble

Paradoxically, while sex is everywhere in the media the research into the coverage of sexuality by journalists hardly exists. A vast body of work considers gender issues (stereotyping, discrimination, the ‘male gaze’, male/female presence in media organisations, strategies for promoting equality etc). But the media’s handling of issues relating to sexuality (consensual intercourse; heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality; feelings about our bodies; sexual feelings, thoughts, fantasies, experiences; prostitution; rape; nudity) is almost totally ignored by the academy.

The text aims to be international in focus – and incorporate studies of both print (corporate and alternative; online and off-line) and broadcasting. Topics in this innovative and important text could include:

• Titillation and sleaze: The tabloid media’s handling of political sex scandals.
• The ethics of covering sex trafficking.
• How the media handles disability and sexuality.
• The activist media’s handling of lesbian/bisexuality issues in Muslim countries.
• Critical studies of the reporting of rape as an instrument of war; sex tourism in Asia; prostitution in Peru etc.
• Analysis of sex advice columns/explicit sex confessional blogs.
• Orwell’s essay on the sexy seaside postcards of Donald McGill.
• Angela Carter’s exploration of sexual issues in her journalism.
• Sex and humour in the media.
• Playboy and the myths of masculinity.
• Social media’s ‘sextalk’.

The text is likely to be published by Bite-Sized Books, London ( It publishes books (paperback and on Kindle) of around 24,000 words for just over £4. The idea is that their shortness means that they are actually read! So we are looking for tightly written, lively, original chapters. All articles will be rigorously peer-reviewed.

Abstracts of 100 words should be sent to Richard Lance Keeble ( and Sue Joseph ( by 1 December 2018. Chapters, of 3,000 words (including references) will be required by 1 May – with publication later in-2019.

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