Wednesday 10 August 2022 03:58 PM PhD student publishes paper telling how he masturbated for three months over ... trends now

Wednesday 10 August 2022 03:58 PM PhD student publishes paper telling how he masturbated for three months over ... trends now
Wednesday 10 August 2022 03:58 PM PhD student publishes paper telling how he masturbated for three months over ... trends now

Wednesday 10 August 2022 03:58 PM PhD student publishes paper telling how he masturbated for three months over ... trends now

A PhD student has published a research paper in which he details how he masturbated for three months extreme Japanese comics featuring young boys. 

Karl Andersson is researching subcultural Japanese comics at the University of Manchester but is now being investigated after publishing a paper in which he began masturbating after 'hitting a wall' in his studies.  

So the student claims to have embarked on a three-month stint of masturbating to the same subject matter as his 'research participants' and make notes on each session - shunning regular pornography and sex.

He said: 'I happened to live alone during this experiment, and I had newly become single after a long relationship - these factors probably contributed to my willingness and eagerness to explore this method.' 

However Karl's own thesis describes the material - known as shota - as a genre of self-published erotic comics that feature 'young boy characters in a cute or, most often, sexually explicit way'.

After publishing his 4,000-word paper in April, the piece has been subsequently been discovered by horrified social media users and shared on Mumsnet, where it has been branded a 'PhD in w***ing'.

Karl Andersson (pictured) is researching subcultural Japanese comics at the University of Manchester but is now being investigated after publishing a paper in which he began masturbating after 'hitting a wall' in his studies

Karl Andersson (pictured) is researching subcultural Japanese comics at the University of Manchester but is now being investigated after publishing a paper in which he began masturbating after 'hitting a wall' in his studies

Outraged mothers questioned how the visual anthropologist's 'sickening' material had got past the university's ethics process and even been funded by the university.

One excerpt notes how he felt while masturbating to a comic which depicted a boy and his friend masturbating together.  

However Karl's study even thanks his PhD supervisor Dr Sharon Kinsella - who herself specialises in 'Lolita complex subcultures' at the university - for 'always encouraging him to go where his research takes him'.

Some parents were unable to even finish the study's introduction and described the contents 'unspeakably grim' as it documents pleasuring himself in great detail while discussing 'pubescent boys' and 'the period of puberty'.

The University of Manchester said they had had 'significant complaints' that they were 'taking very seriously' and confirmed they were conducting a detailed investigation into the individual's work.

Visual anthropologist Karl claims after conducting interviews and carrying out surveys, his research hit a wall and he decided to copy his participants by only masturbating to shota comics and noting down his thoughts and feelings.

He says he did this for three months and also had a ban on any other type of porn, sex or any other 'sexual relief'.

Karl has published the academic article thesis titled 'I am not alone - we are all alone: Using masturbation as an ethnographic method in research on shota subculture in Japan' in the Journal of Qualitative Research.

So the student (pictured) claims to have embarked on a three-month stint of masturbating to the same subject matter as his 'research participants' and make notes on each session - shunning regular pornography and sex

So the student (pictured) claims to have embarked on a three-month stint of masturbating to the same subject matter as his 'research participants' and make notes on each session - shunning regular pornography and sex

Karl wrote: 'I therefore started reading the comics in the same way as my research participants had told me that they did it: while masturbating.

'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.'

Karl writes that he'd just come out of a long-term relationship when he began the experiment which contributed to his 'eagerness'.

He wrote: 'For a period of three months, I would masturbate only to shota comics. For this purpose, I would use d*jinshi and commercial volumes that I have bought or been given during fieldwork in Japan.

'In short:

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