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Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality (edition 2011)

by Gail Dines

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Industrial analysis was good. She did leave a lot of her commentary unsubstantiated where I think it probably could have been—perhaps I was expecting a more academic text. She does a good job of exposing the weird conflation of porn with real sex; how the criticism of porn is seen as criticism of sex itself. Overall it was good but was also, of course, depressing. ( )
  pixelette | Sep 21, 2013 |
Holy cow, what a book. Definitely not for the faint of heart. I was alternately disgusted and angry as I read this. Dines makes the point that as pornography enters the mainstream media, it makes degradation of women a "normal" and "acceptable" thing. She also discusses how using porn affects men and their attitudes towards sex. Difficult to read (because of subject matter), but important if one is trying to understand the dynamics of sexual gender stereotypes in society. ( )
  AuntieClio | Aug 15, 2013 |
I'm giving this the full five stars as to my mind this is an urgent and important topic for our young people - and Dines argues her case very well. The topic is so vast though, that the surface can only be skimmed .... little about the 'homemade' market (who are these people? I assume some at least put their videos up for public consumption through choice?), nothing about 'ugly' sites, or 'fat' sites or 'senior citizen' sites (where the performers fall into these categories, not the viewers!). Diines' descriptionsof gonzo porn sickened me (although with a weird undercurrent of titillation - and I'm a middle aged housewife, so what must they do for red blooded young men?) ... and her points about desensitization were spot on. This book should be required reading on every media studies course in the world ... and would make an ideal 18th birthday present for your average randy teen! ***** ( )
  Franby | Nov 13, 2012 |
Dines makes some great points in this book: that individuals try on the trappings of gender as such things are projected by the greater culture. If those archetypes are harmful, as in the ones common in 'gonzo' pornography (as Dines calls it), then the social order can be harmed. I understand what the author is trying to do, truly, but I also think she neglects some of the subtleties of sexuality that are interwoven inextricably into the fabric of each complete being. The last chapter of this book about 'PCP' or pseudo-child pornography is particularly horrifying, and Dines argues convincingly that pornography might help desensitize men to violent or otherwise awful sexual practices. ( )
1 vote kuniyoshi | Sep 5, 2011 |
From publisher: Although we are surrounded by pornographic images, many people are not aware of just how cruel and violent the industry is today. PORNLAND shows how today’s porn is strikingly different from yesterday’s Playboy and Penthouse magazines— how competition in the industry and consumer desensitization have pushed porn toward hard core extremes. And, with the advent of the internet and other digital technologies, users don’t have to wander far to access porn; today, the average age of first viewing is about 11 for boys, and studies reveal that young men, who consume more porn than ever before, have difficulty forming healthy relationships.

PORNLAND also looks at how our porn culture affects the way women and girls think about their bodies, their sexuality and their relationships. PORNLAND; How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality argues that rather than sexually liberating or empowering us, porn offers us a plasticized, formulaic, generic version of sex that is boring, lacking in creativity and disconnected from emotion and intimacy.
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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 each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as "life changing."

In Pornland—the culmination of her life'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 has become 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 created profitable 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 the extensive 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 and sophisticated 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 cell phones. 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.

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.

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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 their quest to entice a generation of desensitized users.… (more)

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