People’s Pornography.

Intelect Books, UK

Since its establishment in 1949, the People’s Republic of China has upheld a nationwide ban on pornography, imposing harsh punishments on those caught purchasing, producing, or distributing materials deemed a violation of public morality. A provocative contribution to Chinese media studies by a well-known international media researcher, People’s Pornography offers a wide-ranging overview of the political controversies surrounding the ban, as well as a fascinating glimpse into the many distinct media subcultures that have gained widespread popularity on the Chinese Internet as a result. Rounding out this exploration of the many new tendencies in digital citizenship, pornography, and activist media cultures in the greater China region are thought-provoking interviews with individuals involved.

UP publishers Hong Kong


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Review by Lai Sze Tso in The Journal of Sex Research,  51:4, 479-481 (2013)

Review by Earl Jackson in The China Review, vol 13. no2 (2013)

Review by Lucetta Kam in China Information  27: 393 (2013)

Review by Giovanna Maina in Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, Vol 10.1, May 2013.

Mentioned by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore in NYT times article about China’s “naked hipocrisy”

Research for People’s Pornography featured in  the French radio program France Culture, a special edition about sexuality and pornography in Indonesia, China and Egypt, January 2013. In French

Subashini Navaratnam reviews People’s Pornography in

Randy Malamud discusses sex 2.o and People’s Pornography in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Peter Teffer blog and article for Wordt Vervolgd (Dutch Journal for Amnesty International–In Dutch)

Maria Manoli about my book and Chinese porn for

Chris Ip about my book and the website Adult Friend Finder in South China Morning Post, Nov 27 2011.

Lin Meilian about People’s Pornography and DIY porn in The Global Times, oct 2011.

Peter Foster about People’s Pornography and Confucian Confusion in The Telegraph, sept 2011

Sebastien Le Belzic about People’s Pornography in, jan 2012. In French

Robin Peckham review for Digicult, oct 2011.

Bergstrom Trends, a blog investigating consumer trends in new China, discusses my book in a news item on Chinese Youth and their reliance on pornography as sex education, oct 211.

Katrien Jacobs interviewed by Ronald Yick and Oiwan Lam for Global Voices Online sept 2011.

People’s Pornography in the Wall Street Journal (Beijing) sept 2011

Katrien Jacobs interviewed by James Griffith for August 2011

Katrien Jacobs interviewed by Paris Huang  for Voice of America (in Mandarin) July 2011

Katrien Jacobs interviewed by Sam Leese  for April 201