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Sex Ism– a visual study of how pornography can influence the thoughts, expectations, and behaviors of children

Technical tools

  • Brackets
  • JavaScript
  • D3.js
  • HTML
  • CSS


  • Data visualization
  • Research based narrative
  • Regular expressions
  • CSV


Intermediate Programming for Digital Media, with Professor Jay Taylor-Laird at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies

My role

From start to end, this entire project was conceptualized and executed by me, but I had feedback from my professor and peers along the way.

How can D3 be used to show pornography data in a way that explains its potential impact?

I chose to work with D3, data driven documents, to create a data visualization. I had about 3.5 weeks to learn it and create a working prototype of my vision.

Being inspired by the narratives seen on The Pudding, or in The New York Times, I really wanted to learn how to create an interactive narrative, too. 

The intersection of society and technology is fascinating to me, but even further than that, the way that technology influences teenagers is so interesting. Having been a teacher, I have seen this impact first-hand. 

After reading the book American Girls: The Secret Lives of American Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales about how technology specifically influences teenaged girls, I had been itching to dig deeper into the actual data around this impact. 

This led me to exploring porn data from to discover the most-used terms for gendered anatomy, what men are most often called vs. what women are most often called, and to do further research into what that analysis might mean for teenagers who nowadays get their sexual health information from the internet.

Click below to explore my data visualization, but please keep in mind that to understand the full effect of this data I did not censor anything. There are no inappropriate visuals, but there are some very crude words that may not be suitable for some, if not most, work places. Explore at your own risk!

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