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Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families


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Pornified statistics:

The Pornified Man

• Preoccupied. Men look at pornography more than they look at any other subject online.

• Dissatisfied. Less than a third of men say pornography improves their sex lives, yet many find themselves getting pulled into harder and harder pornography to keep the initial buzz going.

The Pornified Woman

• Reshaped. Six out of ten women state that pornography affects how men expect them to look and behave (and four in ten men agree).

• Betrayed. One-third of women see men using pornography as cheating in absolutely all cases.

The Pornified Couple

• Distant. Nearly half of women describe fallout

in relationships because of pornography; only one-third of men say the same thing. Couples describe a breakdown in closeness and a growing absence of trust.

• Broken. Of the sudden rise in divorces related to the

Internet, more than half were the result of a spouse looking at excessive amounts of pornography online.

The Pornified Family

• Exposed. Among eighteen-to-twenty-four-year-olds, who came of age with Internet pornography, more than half say its hard to go online without seeing porn. Eleven million Internet pornography users are under the age of eighteen.

• Sexed up. A quarter of adults believe that the greatest effect porn is having on kids is its making kids more likely to have sex earlier than they might have.

Product Details

How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families
Paul, Pamela
St. Martin's Griffin
Popular Culture
Love & Romance
Parenting - General
Publication Date:
September 8, 2005
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
8.28 x 5.49 x 0.895 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Having already carved out a major niche among 20-to-30-somethings with The Starter Marriage, Paul takes on another bane of postfeminism: the Internet-enabled 'all pornography, all the time' mentality of many younger men and its ripple effect on the culture. For this pornograph, Paul interviewed more than 100 people — 80 of them young, straight men. Some findings are predictable: porn allows men 'to enjoy the fantasy of endless variety,' but can distract men from their partners, detract from their sexual skills and harm relationships. More valuably, Paul finds women caught under new forms of social pressure — from men and women — not to disdain porn: to do so, now, is (among other things) to be seen as limiting women's sexual self-expression. Paul also sees porn seeping ever sooner into preteen life and sensibly observes that there's no reason for porn to be limitless on the Net when it's regulated elsewhere. Still, a critique that aims to avoid religious conservatism's invocation of sin and radical feminism's emphasis on civil rights violations can get fuzzy. Like Potter Stewart ('I know it when I see it'), Paul can't always distinguish sex-related art from pornography other than on a case-by-case basis; things get especially thorny regarding the torture and pain that, she asserts, 'many, perhaps most men, find alluring.' She ends up arguing that pornography, like alcohol or cigarettes, should be 'discouraged,' and proposes an effort by the government and private sector to quell consumer demand. Paul's outlines and analyses can seem simplistic, and her prose rarely rises above the level of the Time magazine feature on which the book is based. But she covers a lot of territory, and there's plenty to unnerve the knee-jerk 'free speech' crowd. This will be a major watercooler book this season. Agent, Lydia Wallis, Paradigm Literary. Author tour. (Sept. 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Paul's analysis is wide-ranging....If Paul is far less polemical than, say, Andrea Dworkin, her book reveals a sadness about it all..."
"Review" by , "Paul fails to prove a national trend, turning what might have been a provocative study into a diatribe....The book's biggest shortcoming is Paul's one-sided examination of the effect of porn on women."
"Review" by , "[Paul] interprets meaning from personal testimony like a prosecutor preparing an indictment. Her analysis implies objectivity while presenting only half a debate."
"Review" by , "Shrill and tendentious, Pornified comes across as less a questing investigation than a scattershot polemic. The book communicates its author's outrage effectively. Unfortunately, it does so at the expense of nuanced argument."
"Synopsis" by , Once a taboo vice no one dared to mention, porn has become affordable, accessible, anonymous, and increasingly acceptable. This volume's investigation will further the discussion of how and where porn meets the public eye.
"Synopsis" by ,
“Strips porn of its culture-war claptrap . . . Pornified may stand as a Kinsey Report for our time.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Porn in America is everywhere—not just in cybersex and Playboy but in popular video games, advice columns, and reality television shows, and on the bestseller lists. Even more striking, as porn has become affordable, accessible, and anonymous, it has become increasingly acceptable—and a big part of the personal lives of many men and women.

In this controversial and critically acclaimed book, Pamela Paul argues that as porn becomes more pervasive, it is destroying our marriages and families as well as distorting our childrens ideas of sex and sexuality. Based on more than one hundred interviews and a nationally representative poll, Pornified exposes how porn has infiltrated our lives, from the wife agonizing over the late-night hours her husband spends on porn Web sites to the parents stunned to learn their twelve-year-old son has seen a hardcore porn film.

Pornified is an insightful, shocking, and important investigation into the costs and consequences of pornography for our families and our culture.

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