Book launch for Mediated Intimacy
Ros launched her book Mediated Intimacy: Sex Advice in Media Culture on April 27th, with her two co-authors Meg-John Barker and Laura Harvey (pictured here). The book starts from the bold claim that media play a key role in shaping people’s ideas, desires and expectations about intimate relationships, yet their role has been overlooked. Examining a diverse range of media from self-help books to reality TV shows, magazine sex and relationship advice to apps to quantify and improve your sex life, the book looks across a number of key issues and questions considering how ‘what is normal’ is constructed, examining discussions of ‘consent’ and looking at the entanglement of work and pleasure in contemporary mediations of intimacy. The book was introduced and welcomed by Rachel Cohen, head of the Sociology department, and each of the authors said something about their approach and the collaborative process adopted, emphasising the importance of self-care and compassionate critique.