Susanna Paasonen

Susanna Paasonen is Professor of Media Studies at University of Turku, Finland. She is the PI of the research consortium Intimacy in Data-Driven Culture funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland and author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (2011), (with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light) NSFW: Sex, Humor and Risk in Social Media (2019) and (with Jenny Sundén) Who’s Laughing Now? Feminist Tactics in Social Media (2020). She serves on the editorial boards of Sexualities, Porn Studies, New Media & Society, Social Media & Society, and International Journal of Cultural Studies.


Five authors consider responses to the music video WAP (2020) to argue that refusing ‘objectification’ as an organising concept might open up the analysis of a media text.


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