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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.