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Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexualityby Gail Dines
Synopses & Reviews
Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women eachyear about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as life changing.
In Pornland--the culmination of herlife's work--Dines takes an unflinching look at porn and its affect on our lives. Astonishingly, the average age of first viewing porn is now 11.5 years for boys, and with the advent of the Internet, it's no surprise that young people are consuming more porn than ever. But, as Dines shows, today's porn is strikingly different from yesterday's Playboy. As porn culture hasbecome absorbed into pop culture, a new wave of entrepreneurs are creating porn that is even more hard-core, violent, sexist, and racist. To differentiate their products in a glutted market, producers have createdprofitable niche products--like teen sex, torture porn, and gonzo--in order to entice a generation of desensitized users.
Going from the backstreets to Wall Street, Dines traces theextensive money trail behind this multibillion-dollar industry--one that reaps more profits than the film and music industries combined. Like Big Tobacco--with its powerful lobbying groups andsophisticated business practices--porn companies don't simply sell products. Rather they influence legislators, partner with mainstream media, and develop new technologies like streaming video for cellphones. Proving that this assembly line of content is actually limiting our sexual freedom, Dines argues that porn's omnipresence has become a public health concern we can no longer ignore.
Expert Gail Dines has been writing about and researching the porn industry for over two decades. She attends porn industry conferences, interviews porn producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of young people each year about their experience with porn. Astonishingly, the average age of the first downloading of porn is now 11.5 years for boys, and studies reveal that young men are consuming more of it than ever before.
In this groundbreaking book, Dines illustrates how today’s porn has become absorbed into pop culture and, because of that, how the porn industry has turned even more hard-core, creating profitable niche markets—like "teen sex" and "torture porn"—in its quest to entice a generation of desensitized users. She shows both the sexist and racist underbelly of porn, exposing the economic structure of this multibillion-dollar industry—one that reaps more profits than the film and music industries combined.
Going from the backstreets to Wall Street, Dines reveals how porn is affecting our lives and why its omnipresence is detrimental to our sexual freedom.
About the Author
Gail Dines is professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College. The author of two books and a regular commentator on pornography, she’s appeared in USA Today, the Boston Globe, Time, News week, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Porn and the industrialization of sex — Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler : paving the way for today's porn industry — Pop goes the porn culture : mainstreaming porn — From the backstreet to Wall Street : the big business of porn — Grooming for gonzo : becoming a man in a porn culture — Leaky images : how porn seeps into men's lives — Visible or invisible : growing up female in a porn culture — Racy sex, sexy racism : porn from the dark side — Children : the final taboo — Fighting back.
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