Sexual content on television produces one of the richest debates over the politics, effects, and implications of representations of sexuality. Arthurs (2004) observes that television is a primary public forum for the regulation of sexuality across fictional and factual genres, addressing concerns such as sexual morality in public and private spheres [e.g., Brown, 2002; Jaker et. al, 1992], changing patterns of family life [e.g., Coontz, 1992; Kundanis, 2003], and the limits of sexual representation in a deregulated media market [Becker, 2004; Gross, 1994; Kim et. al, 2007]. While scholars agree this topic is important, fragmentation and disciplinary narrowing of the study of sexuality on television has often prohibited engaging in meaningful academic dialogue about the importance of studying televised sexuality.
The purpose of this special issue of Sexuality & Culture is for scholars to engage the topic of sexuality on television. As an interdisciplinary journal, Sexuality & Culture is particularly committed to engaging diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. We seek manuscripts that speak across disciplinary boundaries.
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