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How shock porn shaped American sexual culture

This paper is about the lasting impact of “2 girls 1 cup” on American sexual identity. I analyze reaction videos focusing on three key themes; Fame, fear, and humor to understand how shock porn and internet culture came together in 2007. Centered around the creation of viral video, internet stardom, and a deep investment in American sexuality I focus very specific moment that allowed for viral stardom and the multitude of reaction videos recorded. The pop culture controversy surrounding “2 girls 1 cup” is part of a long history of abjection and censorship for explicit content.. I outline the widespread preoccupation and fascination with shock porn, as well as its lasting impacts on Americans’ sense of sexual self.

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