Feona Attwood


Feona Attwood is Professor of Sex, Communication and Culture at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her research is in the area of sex in contemporary culture; and in particular, in onscenity; sexualization; sexual cultures; new technologies, identity and the body; and controversial media.

She is the editor of Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture (2009) and porn.com: Making Sense of Online Pornography (2010) and the co-editor of journal special issues on Investigating Young People’s Sexual Cultures (with Clarissa Smith, Sex Education, 2011), Controversial Images (with Sharon Lockyer, Popular Communication, 2009) and Researching and Teaching Sexually Explicit Media (with I.Q. Hunter, Sexualities, 2009).

Her recent published work has focussed on pornography, regulation, sexual agency, new forms of leisure, and research methods. She is leading an international research network on onscenity, funded by the AHRC. She is writing about controversial images and contemporary debates about the sexualization of young people. Her current book projects are Sex, Media and Technology and (with Vincent Campbell, I.Q. Hunter and Sharon Lockyer) Controversial Images.