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PhD student in UK who masturbated to manga about young boys for research paper triggers investigation

  • The University of Manchester in England and peer-reviewed scientific journal Qualitative Research announced they are investigating the published paper written by Karl Andersson, a visual anthropologist and Ph.D. student, on April 26.
  • The paper, titled “I am not alone – we are all alone: Using masturbation as an ethnographic method in research on shota subculture in Japan,” gave explicit, graphic details on how Andersson masturbated to Japanese comics depicting young boys for three months.
  • “In this research note, I will recount how I set up an experimental method of masturbating to shota comics, and how this participant observation of my own desire not only gave me a more embodied understanding of the topic for my research but also made me think about loneliness and ways to combat it as driving forces of the culture of self-published erotic comics,” Andersson wrote in the nearly 4,000-word paper.
  • Outrage soon spread online after a netizen on Mumsnet, a popular London-based internet forum for parents, shared the paper and called it a "PhD. in w*nking."
  • Several Twitter users also called out Andersson and those responsible for publishing the paper.
  • “Why should hard-working taxpayers in my constituency have to pay for an academic to write about his experiences masturbating to Japanese porn?” Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Neil O’Brien tweeted.

The University of Manchester in England and peer-reviewed scientific journal Qualitative Research have launched an investigation into a research paper written by a Ph.D. student who described how he masturbated to Japanese comics depicting young boys for three months.

Karl Andersson, a visual anthropologist and Ph.D. student at the University of Manchester, drew controversy last week after his research paper, titled “I am not alone – we are all alone: Using masturbation as an ethnographic method in research on shota subculture in Japan,” began circulating on social media.

Michelle Yeoh receives honorary doctorate from AFI: ‘After I learned how to fall, I could learn how to fly’

  • Malaysian actor Michelle Yeoh accepted her honorary doctorate of fine arts from the American Film Institute (AFI) and delivered a speech during AFI’s 2022 commencement ceremony on Saturday. 
  • Addressing this year’s graduating class, the legendary 60-year-old actor imparted lessons she learned early on in her career.
  • According to Yeoh, the stunt performers she met at a gym taught her important life lessons in addition to how to do stunts.
  • Yeoh shared one lesson that has stayed with her: “I had to learn how to fall. Well, you could say I learned it in my bones, literally.”
  • She also reminded the graduating class that while there is now “greater inclusion” and “more diverse stories,” there is always more that can be done to “improve our storytelling” since sharing stories is a “privilege none of us should take for granted.” 

Legendary actor Michelle Yeoh imparted lessons from her youth during a speech at the American Film Institute’s 2022 commencement ceremony on Saturday. 

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert introduced Yeoh, who addressed this year’s graduating class as she accepted an honorary doctorate of fine arts at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. 

Vietnamese American lecturer lived in a tent for two years while pursuing her PhD in the UK

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A Vietnamese American academic battled the cold for two years when she ended up homeless while pursuing a doctorate and teaching classes in the U.K.

How it happened: Aimée Lê, who obtained her Ph.D. in 2018, was forced to live in a tent after facing a rent increase in her third year of study at Royal Holloway, University of London. She revealed her plight in a recent interview with The Guardian.