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"They're just tixel pits, man": Disputing the 'reality' of virtual reality pornography through the story completion method

Wood, Matthew; Wood, Gavin; Balaam, Madeline

Authors

Matthew Wood

Gavin Wood

Madeline Balaam



Abstract

Pornography is a substantial part of humans' everyday interaction with computers, yet to date the topic has been underconsidered by HCI. Here, we examine some of the common cultural ideals non-experts constructed of a 'new' pornographic experience - Virtual Reality (VR) Porn-through use of the 'Story Completion Method'. Forty five participants completed a story stem about a male character who was about to have his "very first virtual reality porn experience". Through our analysis, we demonstrate a narrative of a 'perfect', idealised sexual experience, as well as one which emphasised the imagined 'precarious' and dangerous consequences around this technology use. We indicate how the stories reproduced ideals around heteronormativity and hegemonic masculinity, suggesting an agenda of 'Designing for Eroticism' as a tactic which could avoid such problematic discourses. We also suggest the opportunities and challenges presented through use of the 'Story Completion Method'.

Citation

Wood, M., Wood, G., & Balaam, M. (2017). "They're just tixel pits, man": Disputing the 'reality' of virtual reality pornography through the story completion method. https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025762

Conference Name 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Start Date May 6, 2017
End Date May 11, 2017
Acceptance Date May 6, 2017
Online Publication Date May 1, 2017
Publication Date 2017
Deposit Date Mar 12, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 13, 2020
Volume 2017-May
Pages 5439-5451
ISBN 9781450346559
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025762
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/5667453

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