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Laughing in the face of the law: humour as a thermostat activating social change for porn workers

Nocella, R. R. ORCID: and Chiaro, D. (2023) Laughing in the face of the law: humour as a thermostat activating social change for porn workers. Law, Culture and the Humanities. ISSN 1743-9752

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The vulnerability of sex workers in the porn industry is a heated debate within feminism. The UK 2014 Audiovisual Media Services Regulations and 2017 Digital Economy Act, which burden the production of online pornography, provoked sex workers’ Face-Sitting and Kink Olympixxx protests. This paper investigates how throughout these protests, humour communicates sex workers’ discomfort on this legislation. Arguing that humour is a thermostat that senses public uneasiness and slowly activates social change, this paper examines the two protests highlighting how sex workers employed unrefined bawdy humour to unearth their neglected rights and move towards more adequate rights.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:107010
Uncontrolled Keywords:humour, censorship laws, sex work, porn, protest, carnivalesque, social change


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