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"They're Just Tixel Pits, Man": Disputing the 'Reality' of Virtual Reality Pornography through the Story Completion Method
Newcastle Univ, Open Lab, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England..
Northumbria Univ, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England..
Newcastle Univ, Open Lab, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England..
2017 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Pornography is a substantial part of humans' everyday interaction with computers, yet to date the topic has been underconsidered by HCI. Here, we examine some of the common cultural ideals non-experts constructed of a 'new' pornographic experience - Virtual Reality (VR) Porn - through use of the 'Story Completion Method'. Forty five participants completed a story stem about a male character who was about to have his "very first virtual reality porn experience". Through our analysis, we demonstrate a narrative of a 'perfect', idealised sexual experience, as well as one which emphasised the imagined ` precarious' and dangerous consequences around this technology use. We indicate how the stories reproduced ideals around heteronormativity and hegemonic masculinity, suggesting an agenda of 'Designing for Eroticism' as a tactic which could avoid such problematic discourses. We also suggest the opportunities and challenges presented through use of the ` Story Completion Method'.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY , 2017. p. 5439-5451
Keywords [en]
Pornography, porn, virtual reality, design fiction, speculative design, thematic analysis
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Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239668DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025762ISI: 000426970505026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-239668DiVA, id: diva2:1350898
Available from: 2019-09-12 Created: 2019-09-12 Last updated: 2019-09-12

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