Feona Attwood is Professor of Sex, Communication and Culture at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her research interests include ‘onscenity’, sexual cultures; and new technologies, identity and the body. Her work also focuses on the ways in which sexual practices and representations are caught up in wider expressions of anxieties and controversies around bodies, media and technologies. Her publications include Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture (2009) and porn.com: Making Sense of Online Pornography (2010). She is working on two new books; Sex, Media and Technology, and (with Vincent Campbell, Ian Hunter and Sharon Lockyer) Controversial Images.
Clare Bale is a PhD student in the Faculty of Public Health at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research is located at the intersection of public health, sociology, media and cultural studies. Before commencing her PhD, Clare held the post of Public Health Principal in Sexual Health and Teenage Pregnancy for Nottinghamshire County Teaching PCT. She is a Registered General Nurse, and holds a Masters in Public Health from The University of Sheffield. She is a member of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV and chairs several regional sexual health networks.
Sarah Harman is a PhD candidate at Brunel’s Screen Media Research department, and her thesis, ‘Femininity, Feminism and Masochism: The Female Masochist Body in Cinema’, examines erotic and pornographic adaptations of contemporary and classical sadomasochistic texts. She is currently working (with Wickham Clayton) on a collection titled Screening Twilight: Critical Cinematic Approaches. She is also a peer editor for the Roehampton University journal for performance and creative research, Activate, and of Goldsmiths’ Cultural Studies department magazine, Nyx, a Noctournal.
Julian Petley is Professor of Film and Television at Brunel University, UK. His interests span the cinema, television and the press, with a particular emphasis on policy, regulation and freedom of expression. His publications include (with Martin Barker) Ill Effects: the Media Violence Debate (1997, 2001), A Beginner’s Guide to Censorship (2009), The Censorious Press (2009), Film and Video Censorship in Modern Britain (2011), and (with Robin Richardson) Pointing the Finger; Islam and Muslims in the British Media (2011). He was Chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and actively involved in the debates around the 2003 Communications Act and he is principal editor of the Journal of British Cinema and Television.
Clarissa Smith is Reader in Sexual Cultures at the Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, UK. Her research focuses on sexual media and in particular pornographies: institutional contexts and practices, representational strategies, consumption and meanings. Her publications include One for the Girls! The Pleasures and Practices of Pornography for Women (2007), (with Michael Higgins and John Storey) Cambridge Companion to Contemporary British Culture (2010), and (with Niall Richardson and Angela Werndly) Studies in Sexualities: Theories, Representations, Practices (forthcoming).