Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality

Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality

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By (author) Gail Dines

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  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 25mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0807044520
  • ISBN 13: 9780807044520
  • Sales rank: 95,743

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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.

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Gail Dines is professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College. The author of two previous books and a regular commentator on TV and radio, Dines has been covered in "Newsweek, Time, USA Today, "the "New York Times, Boston Globe, "and "Philadelphia Inquirer. "She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Bravo to Gail Dines! She exposes a huge problem of our time that few people are willing to confront. Dines follows the extensive money trail, uncovering the role of corporate duplicity and greed, while showing how steadily pornography has infiltrated into everyday life from almost cradle to grave.--Diane Levin, coauthor of "So Sexy, So Soon" "We're now so pornography-saturated that our capacity for sexual delight is being brutalized. Gail Dines brilliantly exposes porn's economics, pervasiveness, and impact with scholarship as impeccable as her tone is reasonable. This book will change your life. Ignore it at your peril."--Robin Morgan "Thoroughly researched and forcefully argued, "Pornland" is a must-read. From the intricate linking of the porn industry with Fortune 500 companies to behind the scenes of "Girls Gone Wild," Dines makes eye-opening connections and breaks new ground with every chapter."--Chyng Sun, associate professor of media studies, New York University, director of "The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships" ""Pornland" takes a quantum leap beyond the tired pro-porn vs. anti-porn debates of recent decades. It will now be the starting point for serious discussions about how porn shapes and distorts social and sexual norms. Gail Dines understands both the economics and cultural power of the pornography industry perhaps better than anyone ever has. This is accessible and grounded social analysis at its finest."--Jackson Katz, Ph.D., creator of the video "Tough Guise" and author of "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help" "An eyes-wide-open look at the way the porn industry exploits and damages the gift of our sexuality to fuel itself. "Pornland" is well researched, well written, and heartfelt. I highly recommend it."--Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST, coauthor of "The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography" "For more than a decade, Gail Din

Table of contents

Preface Introduction Porn and the Industrialization of Sex xv One Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler: Paving the Way for Today’s Porn Industry Two Pop Goes the Porn Culture: Mainstreaming Porn Three From the Backstreet to Wall Street: The Big Business of Porn Four Grooming for Gonzo: Becoming a Man in a Porn Culture Five Leaky Images: How Porn Seeps into Men’s Lives Six Visible or Invisible: Growing Up Female in a Porn Culture Seven Racy Sex, Sexy Racism: Porn from the Dark Side Eight Children: The Final Taboo Conclusion Fighting Back Acknowledgments Notes Index