[Update] Contributors for book collection on sexual taboo and literary-digital texts

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Dr. Earl Yarington / Prince George's Community College
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The editors seek chapters for a new collection entitled Undressing Sexual Taboo in the Liberal Arts: Discussing the Digital-Textual Unmentionables for publication by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2017 (currently under contract).

Among academia in the United States, discussion about sexuality is almost non-existent. In the entire United States, there is under ten human sexuality programs and only one PhD program in sexology. Yet the society is saturated with sexual imagery that often contains even more taboo sexual innuendos, including underage themes in pornography, sexualized preteen girls, and hyper-masculine boys. When sex is discussed, it is often looked at as deviant. The harsh nature of the criticism is a catalyst for even more censorship. Nowhere is this truer than the liberal arts. Sex talk is seen as inappropriate, yet everywhere in literature and in film there is either open sexuality or taboo themes that push through. This collection gives voice to some of the major and most unique taboo works, whether they be fiction, non-fiction, or visual, in hopes to encourage a professional and needed dialogue that is all but missing in the liberal arts and sciences: a comfortable place to learn about sex as an identity, a form of play, a form of expression and suppression, and an act of procreation.

The editors seek chapters on the following: The collection will highlight the complexities of male desire, gender identification, subjection and gender fluidity that often occurs during male fantasy and will question whether taboo fantasy is harmful or helpful. However, the collection will support the need for kids' but especially girls' sexual agency: they have a right to their own bodies and sexualities and sexual decisions through the guidance of good sex education in the liberal arts and beyond. A key focus is on "vulnerability" and a need for exploration in "safe places." If we want to help the "survivor" we need to understand the "offender" and the digital-textual space provides critical insight into all facets of human sexuality and desire.

The following subjects are especially in need of an author:

Japanese culture: Love Live, Anime, particularly Lolicon (Lolicom), Gothic Anime, the Deviant Schoolgirl Movement, junior modeling (preteen/teen), adult pornography depicted in art/literary, Otaku culture, the aesthetic of cuteness, for example.

The childhood career and popularity of Brooke Shields in such films as Pretty Baby along with her nude photoshoots (please use original versions of the films, not censured, unless using in comparison).

A new look at Nabokov's Lolita (changes to the female character through film throughout time, for example or a new look at changing censorship and concepts of child pornography verses artistic expression along with newer concepts of exploration (rape culture for example).

A critique of A. M. Homes's The End of Alice and the author's statement in an interview that we must "have a national conversation about sexuality."

An essay (chapter) on Kerry Cohen's memoir Loose Girl and young girls' sexual promiscuity. The problem may not be sexualization in itself-as this term is often misread as "sexuality" by mainstream media but the vulnerability that occurs when a girl is in a dangerous space.

"Hidden" girl fascination in digital media and film in such films as the Prince of Tides and others. Girls are represented over boys 10 to 1 on "non-nude" sites, for example and other "legal" or potentially illegal child pornography sites.

Girls' performance on YouTube.

Or an article that attempts to answer the question: Are girls and women blurred in the digital-sexual landscape? If so, is this damaging or an understandable fantasy in a youth-driven culture where girls can have as much or more femininity as women.

Based on Jesse Bering's book, Perv, the Sexual Deviant in All of Us, a chapter that explores the internet and social media: are they showing the world its true sexual self that should be explored and understood, not censured (focus on boys, transgender, or gay boyhood is especially welcome).

Other topics are welcome that relate to the above. All submissions should preferably be in Chicago Manual Style but MLA style may be considered. Essays (that will become chapters) should be about 5,000-7,000 words but longer articles will be considered. Please send a two-hundred word abstract of your chapter idea, a brief, one-page resume of your background, interests, and publications to yaringef@pgcc.edu. This is a co-edited collection by Drs. Earl Yarington (penname Justin Forest) and S. Selina Jamil. Review of abstracts will begin immediately and will continue until the desired content is assigned. The deadline for abstract submissions is January 15, 2016. Chapters are to be completed by October 10, 2016. No extensions as the due date for submission to the publisher is in January 2017.

Please feel free to contact me with questions at the email listed above.