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Carnal ResonanceAffect and Online Pornography$
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Susanna Paasonen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016315

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016315.001.0001

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Absolutely Disgusting: Shock Sites, Extremity, and the Forbidden Fruit

Absolutely Disgusting: Shock Sites, Extremity, and the Forbidden Fruit

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Carnal Resonance

Susanna Paasonen

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on disgust as a positive denominator for online pornography and discusses the interconnections of disgust, interest, and shame through exploring shock pornography websites. It discusses the role that shame plays in the dynamics of pornography, and discusses the factors which result in the feelings of disgust and shame, along with the psychological connection that links the two together. The chapter discusses masturbation, which, seen from the point of view of the modern subject, is a shameful act and has been tagged as an immoderate form of sexuality, and explores the use of reaction videos, blogs, and newspapers by viral videos to increase their affective intensity. The importance of censorship and disapproval of pornography helps it to thrive, which is the reason for the increasing viral videos and shock pornography websites.

Keywords:   disgust, online pornography, shame, shock pornography websites, viral videos, censorship, masturbation

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