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Marks of desire: the construction of pleasure through body modification in alternative online pornography

Grant number: 19/11134-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2020
Effective date (End): November 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology
Principal researcher:Jorge Leite Júnior
Grantee:Cristiane Vilma de Melo
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


The research on screen aims to understand and analyze the relationship between extreme body modifications - named "body modification" - and the online production of desire from the perspective of women who have experienced modifications. It is interesting to the research to know the relationship between these modifications and their articulations with the online sex market, whose interactive practices and processes are continuously commoditized. The assumption points to an extrapolation of the category "body modification", whose online construction creates a grammar of the desire to the sexual incitement of those who seek and consume it, as well as to create identity processes and agents that interpellate the category "woman" as a desirable subject. The methodology is qualitative in its nature and it is based on bibliographic research on the subject; documentary, starting from the analysis of the audiovisual materials made available by them in the analyzed platforms; and in the field, by interviews and accompanying observation during their performances. (AU)

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