Pornography has been the subject of much recent discussion, particularly in France. It has become an everyday theme in media discourse as the numerous articles, special files and columns in the printed and online press demonstrate, as does the multiplication of "sex" features under various names in nearly all the French daily and weekly papers, on numerous radio stations and television channels. Pornography has also become a research subject and is now an integral part of humanities and social science studies in France, although it is new and somewhat controversial for some.
A recent object for sciences of discourse and communication
Pornography is rarely studied from a standpoint involving language, discourse and, more broadly, representations. This is the subject of this thematic issue devoted to the discourse of pornography in all senses of the term whether written, oral, techno-discursive, verbo-iconic, photographical or even, as we shall see, unconscious.
At first glance, pornogr...