Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust

Sexual Subcultures Are Collateral Damage in Tumblr’s Ban on Adult Content

Tumblr’s blanket ban on adult material has been truly felt in the sexual subcultures that proudly used it for exposure.   The social networking and microblogging site Tumblr announced that from December 17 it will no longer host adult ... Read the full article
Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust

Zahra Stardust is a PhD Candidate at UNSW. Her doctoral research examines the legal regulation of pornography in Australia, the emergence of alternative pornographies as a social protest and political movement, and the implications of criminalizing non-normative intimacies. This follows on from her Masters research into conventions and counter-practices among erotic performers. Over the past decade, Zahra has worked in policy and research capacities on human rights projects for NGOs, community organizations, academic institutions, corporate law firms, and United Nations bodies, in Australia and internationally. During this time she worked in areas of HIV prevention, health promotion, safe migration, anti-discrimination, LGBTIQA+ rights, sexual and reproductive health, gendered violence, sexual assault, refugee status determination, homelessness, stolen wages, and native title. Zahra's most recent work is published in peer-reviewed journals Porn Studies, World Journal of AIDS, and Research for Sex Work, and edited anthologies Queer Sex Work, Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection and Privacy, and The DIY Porn Handbook: Documenting Our Own Sexual Revolutions (forthcoming). She has spoken at conferences such as the International Bar Association (Tokyo), Sexual Cultures (Brunel University), Erotic Screen and Sound (Griffith University), Trans/Forming Feminisms (University of Otago), and the Feminist Porn Conference (University of Toronto), and has guest lectured or presented at the Universities of Sydney, UNSW, UTS, Curtin University and University of Queensland.

Dear Grandson: Encountering War Protesters at Home

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding describes what it was like when he was confronted by war protesters back at home.

Dear Grandson: Time Spent at 5th Medical Battalion

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding writes about returning stateside from Nam and his time spent at 5th Medical Battalion awaiting his next duty station.

Dear Grandson: Leaving Nam and Returning Home

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding writes about leaving Nam, the ship ride home, and a couple stops along the way.

Dear Grandson: Volunteering for Vietnam

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding continues describing his experiences at Bethesda Naval Hospital and volunteering for duty in Vietnam.

Dear Grandson: Bethesda Naval Hospital

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding describes his continuing experience as a Navy Corpsman, what he did at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and meeting President LBJ.

Dear Grandson: FMSS Training at Camp Lejeune

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding describes his FMSS (Field Medical Service School) Training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.