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Young Women and Pornography: A Qualitative Investigation in Australia

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posted on 19.02.2020, 03:45 by SARAH ELIZABETH ASHTON
The digital age has made pornography omnipresent, stimulating, and easily accessible. Sarah Ashton investigated how young women make sense of this phenomenon. Her interviews with women revealed that pornography plays complex, often contradictory, roles in women’s lives, implicated in both beneficial and harmful outcomes. Of particular importance were matters of pleasure, consent, and intimate relationships. The evidence that men’s needs are prioritised over women’s alerts practitioners in public health and psychology to challenge such disparities in their clinical work and public communications. The publications arising from Sarah Ashton’s research include a refinement of the definition of pornography to incorporate consent.


Principal supervisor

Maggie Kirkman

Additional supervisor 1

Karalyn McDonald

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Additional Institution or Organisation

Global and Women's Health, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences

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