Zahra Stardust

Zahra Stardust is a porn studies scholar interested in the regulation of sexual cultures. Her work specializes in sexual media and sextech, focusing on the politics of sexual content moderation (including the production, distribution and regulation of explicit media), and the development of community-led, social justice sextech. Her first book Indie Porn: Revolution, Regulation and Resistance (Duke University Press, 2024) explores the clash between indie porn producers, governments and big tech. Her next co-authored book, Sextech: A Critical Introduction (Polity Press, 2025), examines key debates in sextech design, manufacture and governance. Zahra is a Lecturer in Digital Communication at the Queensland University of Technology and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society.